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!
- 3–4 tablespoons finely shredded wood chips (or pellets) -Alder, Apple, Almond, Cherry etc. Or try tea! 2–3 tablespoons. (see notes)
- 1/2 – 1 lb mushrooms, cleaned. (leave whole, or cut, up to you) Shiitakes, Button, Cremini, Portobellos, Chanterelles, Porcini, Maitake, any sturdy mushroom.
- drizzle of olive oil (or use spray olive oil)
- pinch salt and pepper
- 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 30 seconds, then turn heat to medium.
- Be conservative and don’t “over smoke”! Smoke for 3-4 minutes for a mild smoke flavor- or go longer 5-7 minutes for a more intense smoke flavor (great for broths, vegan ramen, etc.). It is easy to over smoke them so perhaps be conservative the first time. If not sure, pull out a tester at 3-4 minutes, replacing the lid.
- As they smoke 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 sauteeing in olive oil or butter, or roasting. If adding to soups, or broth-based soups, just drop them in as they are.
It is easy to over smoke these- so go lightly your first time! You want to still be able to taste the mushroom itself!
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 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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