When I am lucky enough to get a hold of fresh shiitake mushrooms, my first impulse is to do a simple shiitake saute with just garlic and onions. You can really taste the freshness of the mushrooms and enjoy that succulent shiitake texture with such simple ingredients. This is a side dish that goes well with any meat or seafood main course.
See my shiitake ingredient post for prep tips. The key to this simple dish is a hot wok, paired with a fast stir-fry technique so that the mushrooms are not overcooked. Be sure to use good quality oyster sauce and go lightly on the salt.
Assemble all the ingredients ahead so that you have everything on hand. This is a quick-cook dish.
Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms
2 cups fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup water (as needed)
2 Tbsps. oyster sauce
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Heat up the wok and put in the cooking oil. Toss in the garlic, and when they are fragrant, add the onions. When the onions are translucent, put in the shiitakes. Stir-fry to get the mushrooms coated with the oil. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, make sure the shiitakes do not burn. If the dish seems to dry up quickly, add some of the water. Finish off with the oyster sauce, stir a few times, then turn off the heat.
Pour into a ready bowl and serve hot.