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8 Healthy and Delicious Lion’s Mane Recipes

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Lion’s Mane mushrooms are popularly used for culinary and medical purposes in Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea, and India. This mushroom type is also found abundantly in the southern part of the United States.

It is fairly easy to identify these mushrooms as they have a distinctive appearance, white and fluffy, with cascading spines that look similar to a lion’s long manes.

Lion's Mane Recipes

As an increasing number of people turn toward a plant-based diet, mushrooms can be a great alternative to meat, and lion’s mane mushrooms are no different. This specific mushroom type has a meat-like texture and provides an umami flavor, making it a perfect meat-free alternative.

Additionally, they are delicious, easy to cook, and above all, are loaded with nutritional and medicinal qualities. Including them in your diet is surely going to take you a step further toward a healthy lifestyle. So, how about exploring some healthy lion’s mane mushroom recipes today?

Here are eight healthy and delicious lion’s mane recipes for you to enjoy the various versions of this meat-free alternative.

Cooking with Lion’s Mane Mushrooms – 8 Healthy Yet Tasty Lion’s Mane Recipes

1. Lion’s Mane Mushrooms with Saffron and Apples

  • Lion’s mane mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tart apple, thinly sliced
  • Salted butter
  • A pinch of saffron
  • White pepper (ground)
  • Take a skillet, turn on the flame to medium-high, and add butter.
  • Next, toss in the apple slices and cook them until they turn soft. Keep stirring frequently.
  • Now, add the remaining ingredients – mushrooms, saffron, and white pepper. Cook and occasionally stir until the mushrooms become soft. Serve them hot.

Want a detailed explanation of this recipe? Click here: Lion’s Mane Mushrooms with Saffron and Apples.

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2. Golden Brown Sauteed Lion’s Mane

  • Lion’s mane mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsps. olive oil
  • 2 tbsps. butter (optional)
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. You may also consider adding butter here to give a little bit of lobster taste. However, it is optional.
  • Add the sliced lion’s mane mushrooms and keep flipping them often until they turn golden brown. This will take around 7 minutes.
  • Take another pan and add olive oil over medium heat. Next, add the onions and garlic and sprinkle a pinch of turmeric powder. Stir frequently until the onions become soft.
  • Layer the sauteed mushrooms on your serving plate and top them with these onions.

Learn the ideal way of cleaning the lion’s mane mushrooms for this recipe here: Golden Brown Sauteed Lion’s Mane.

3. Deep-Fried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

  • Lion’s mane mushrooms (cut into fillets if it’s a large mushroom)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of avocado oil (you can use canola oil if you prefer)
  • Dash of Nature’s Seasoning
  • Break the eggs into a small bowl and whisk until you get a fine consistency. Add some Nature’s Seasoning (or any other seasoning of your choice).
  • Dip the mushroom fillets in the egg batter. Then, roll them in the flour, so they are thoroughly coated.
  • Heat 2 cups of avodcado oil (or your preferred oil) in a skillet over medium heat and fry your covered chunks. Flip them frequently until they turn golden brown.
  • Once done, turn off the flame and place these fried mushrooms on a plate layered with paper towels. This will soak up the excess oil.

Check out the video of this recipe here: Deep Fried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms.

4. Vegan Mushroom Crab Cake

  • Fresh lion’s mane mushrooms (cut them into small cubes)
  • Egg or flax egg
  • Old Bay seasoning (alternatives: Cajun or Italian seasoning)
  • Onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Panko breadcrumbs or regular breadcrumbs
  • Oil
  • Parsley (finely chopped)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish)
  • Mix onion, egg, mayonnaise, and Worcestershire sauce with Dijon mustard, old bay seasoning, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Add mushrooms and later Panko breadcrumbs in this mixture. Mix the entire combination thoroughly and divide it into 3-4 equal size round, flat patties.
  • Heat oil in a sauté pan on medium-high heat and cook patties for around 2-3 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown. Garnish them with lemon wedges and enjoy!

For the detailed recipe, click here: Vegan Mushroom Crab Cake.

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5. Roasted Lion’s Mane Mushrooms with Sherried Shallots

  • 4 cups of shallots, vertically sliced
  • 12 ounces of lion’s mane mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1/3 of a cup dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp. chives, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Add shallots, thyme, and salt, and sauté the mixture for around 4 minutes. Now, add sherry and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in black pepper and vinegar and turn off the flame.
  • Heat another ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and mushrooms and cook them until they turn brown. Turn the mushrooms and top them with butter. Place the pan in the oven and bake the mushrooms for 5 minutes.
  • Remove them from the oven, sprinkle with salt, and serve with the shallot mixture.

Click here for the nutritional facts of this recipe: Roasted Lion’s Mane Mushrooms with Sherried Shallots.

6. Pan-Fried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

  • ½ lb. lion’s mane mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil and butter per mushroom
  • Salt and pepper
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and toss in the mushrooms. Cover them and cook until the juices have evaporated.
  • Add butter. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Stir for 2-3 minutes, until the mushrooms turn brown. Serve hot and enjoy.

Learn about the nutritional components of the recipe here: Pan-Fried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms.

7. Blackened Lion’s Mane Mushroom Steaks

  • 1 pound lion’s mane mushrooms
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup blackening seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Preheat the barbecue grill to 300 degrees F.
  • Cut the mushrooms to ¾-inch thick steaks and arrange them on a baking sheet. brush them with a little of the vegetable stock and sprinkle some blackening seasoning over them. Flip the mushroom steaks and repeat the process.
  • Heat a heavy skillet to medium heat and add the prepared steaks in a single layer, without adding oil or any liquid. Place a heavy object on top of the steaks so that they are pressed down. Allow to cook for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the heavy object and flip the steaks. Repeat the process for another 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the seared musrhoom steaks to the preheated grill.
  • Return the steaks to the stove, adding 2 cups of vegetable stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and let the liquid reduce to ½ cup.
  • Return the steaks to the barbecue and baste them with the remaining vegetable stock.
  • Flip and grill until both sides are perfectly cooked.

Click here for a detailed recipe: Blackened Lion’s Mane Mushroom Steaks.

8. Sauteed Lion’s Mane Mushrooms with Garlic

  • Lion’s mane mushrooms, sliced
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and sauté the lion’s mane mushroom slices without oil or butter. Continue until the edges turn brown and the water gets evaporated. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
  • Add oil (or butter) with garlic. Sauté the garlic until its raw aroma disappears. Next, add the sauteed mushrooms. Cook on both sides until they turn golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

Find how to cook lion’s mane mushrooms here: Sauteed Lion’s Mane Mushrooms with Garlic.

Which recipe did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments.

Happy cooking!


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