This shiitake mushroom jerky recipe makes for a savory and satisfying snack. The recipe is easy to follow and requires only a few ingredients to make. With the flavorful ginger sauce and a blend of spices, the shiitake mushrooms are baked until tender and then dehydrated to create a chewy and satisfying snack. The result is a delicious, umami-packed jerky that is perfect for snacking on the go or as a topping for your favorite dishes — goes great on salads!
- 1 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms
- 1 to 2 sq inches of ginger, peeled
- Sesame oil
- Black pepper
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Make the ginger sauce: slice the ginger into 1/8 inch medallions and put it in a food processor. Add enough vinegar and sesame oil to blend it into a sauce. (alternatively, you can just dice the ginger into tiny chunks)
Add the spices to the ginger sauce: 1-2 tablespoons of salt, 1 tablespoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder. Mix well.
De-stem the shiitake mushrooms and slice into thin strips. In a large bowl, coat them with the ginger, spice, and oil/vinegar mixture.
Bake the mushrooms in the oven for 50-60 minutes, stirring them around 35-40 minutes into baking – Make sure they’re not burning or browning throughout the process.
Dehydrate the mushrooms at 155-160°F for approximately 24 hours, flipping them as needed to let the bottoms dry. Check for flexibility and moisture by breaking a piece in half.
Add salt to taste if necessary, and enjoy the shiitake mushroom jerky as a tasty snack or topping for salads and soups.