Hen of the Woods Mushrooms Recipe

by Christopher Jones

Do you love mushrooms? I think you do because you have found this article. We will talk about Hen of the Woods mushrooms recipes today. Its scientific name is Grifola Frondosa. It grows in groups and has caps that overlap with others. Its Japanese name is maitake or dancing mushroom. It is called the King of Mushrooms because they can grow to weigh over 100 pounds. This mushroom takes a lot of effort to clean as it grows in clusters among the debris.

Therefore, you have to harvest the topmost part as this part is the softest and the stem near the ground is the toughest. So, first, dry clean by hand, or brush to remove loose dirt or other elements then try to stick tightly to the mushroom. This mushroom is known for its ability to slow down cancer cells and strengthen the immune system against viruses or bacteria. In Asian cuisines, we can see the use of Hen of the Woods Mushroom in large quantities because people believe it to be a kind of medicine. Now, we will have a look at some Hen of the Woods Mushrooms Recipes.


Hen of the Woods Mushrooms Recipes

We can cook maitake mushrooms or Hen of the Woods Mushrooms in various different ways. The cooking process is really simple.


Sauté Cooking Process
Sauté Cooking Process


  • Maitake mushrooms
  • Butter or vegetable oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Thyme springs


  • Large Cast iron skillet on the stove.
  • High heat the oilor melted butter on the skillet.
  • Add 2 cups of diced mushrooms to the skillet. Sear them.
  • Add minced garlic 2 cloves and 3 thyme springs.
  • Fry until the mushrooms become soft and the color of mushroom edges becomes golden brown.
  • Turn off heat. Enjoy as a side dish or with a fried egg.

Pan Fry

Pan Fry Cooking Process
Pan Fry Cooking Process

These mushrooms have flat-type caps. As a result, they are very good for pan-frying. Here is another hen of the woods mushrooms recipe.


  • 1 Beaten egg.
  • Bread crumb.
  • Flour
  • Oil.
  • Salt.
  • Pepper.


  • Clean and prepare maitake mushroom, slice, or dice as you like.
  • Now dip mushrooms into the beaten egg.
  • Season flour with salt and pepper and mix with bread crumbs.
  • Now put the mushrooms in the mixture of flour and bread crumbs. Rub well.
  • Put a cast iron pan on the stove. Heat it.
  • Put oil enough so that you can deep-fry mushrooms in tempura style. Heat the oil.
  • Now put mushrooms one by one. Wait till one side turns light brown. Then turn sides.
  • When mushrooms are well cooked, remove them from the pan and drain the oil.
  • And dry them on a paper towel.


Grill Cooking Process
Grill Cooking Process

With this word - what comes to your mind? The nice charred smell of maitake mushroom will certainly incite the passion for food in you.


  • Maitake mushrooms. Sliced and diced.
  • Round rough sliced onion 1 big.
  • Sliced and diced garlic cloves 3.
  • Salt.
  • Pepper.
  • Oil.


  • Clean all the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Slice and dice cloves and onion ready on a plate.
  • Put cast iron grill pan on the stove to preheat.
  • Arrange the mushrooms on the grill pan.
  • Roughly scatter the onion slices.
  • Grill on high heat till golden brown. Change sides so that nothing is burned.
  • Turn off the heat and serve the mushrooms.


What Precaution shall we forage mushrooms?

It is important to recognize maitake mushrooms as there other poisonous inedible mushrooms that look like maitake ones. Make sure to differentiate it.


Hen of the Woods is a very good item that you can serve as side dishes or snacks. The recipes you have read here are not everything there is. You can do your own research and find new ways to entertain your family and friends with your innovative maitake mushroom recipes.

About Christopher Jones

Chris is a true globetrotter. He has been to many destinations and tried different types of food from all over the world, yet he still loves finding new places and tasting their specialties. Chris has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and so he decided to go back to school at age 24 for his MBA at University of San Francisco so that he could have a better understanding of business strategy in order to start his own company. His favorite motto is “how can one live well, travel well, and work well without having good food every time?”

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