How to smoke mushrooms on your stove top! Elevate your vegan and vegetarian mains with Smoked Mushrooms! This simple easy technique requires no special equipment and can be made on your stovetop. Add flavor, complexity and depth to dishes you are already making, in 15-20 minutes!
Clean and place mushrooms in a bowl. Lightly coat in olive oil (too much oil will interfere with smoke) so go light here, tossing gently. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place a double layer of foil in the bottom of a medium pot. Place wood chips on top, in a little mound. Place strainer basket over top. Place mushrooms in the strainer basket.
Place the pot on the stove and turn to medium high or high heat. Leave uncovered until you see smoke. TURN HOOD ON! Once you see smoke, then tightly cover. Wait one minute, then turn heat to medium.
Smoke for 3-5 minutes for a milder smoke flavor- or go longer – 7-9 minutes for a more intense smoke flavor (great for broths, vegan ramen, etc.). If not sure, pull out a tester at 3-4 minutes, replacing the lid. They will steam slightly, but most likely not cook fully- especially if only smoking for 5 minutes.
Then cook the mushrooms as you normally would- either sauting in olive oil or butter, or roasting. If adding to soups, or broth based soups, just drop them in as they are.
If your wood chips are large chunks, try to cut them down a bit. I just use a sharp chefs knife. Or try a meat tenderizer ( or hammer), to break them apart. You want small pieces of wood here for a faster smoke point.
I find the subtler wood flavors are better with mushrooms.
2-4 tablespoons of Loose leaf black tea or green tea is also nice to smoke mushrooms.
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