Try these easy and delicious Pine Mushroom Recipes! From grilled matsutake to savory pine mushroom pasta with bacon & sage, we've got something for everyone.
What are Pine Mushrooms?
Pine mushrooms, or Matsutake mushrooms, are highly prized wild fungi found in East Asia, the western United States, and western Canada.
They grow during the early fall through midwinter and are renowned for their dense, fibrous white flesh and distinctive flavor and aroma.
What does it taste like?
Pine mushrooms have a unique, pungent, woodsy, spicy flavor and aroma. It's often described as cinnamon red hot candy and dirty gym socks.
How to prepare?
Pine mushrooms should be gently wiped with a damp cloth to remove debris and dirt. Avoid washing them directly underwater; otherwise, they'll absorb moisture.
They can be cooked like other high-end mushrooms: steamed, sautéed, seared, roasted, grilled, or simmered in a light broth.
In Japan, pine mushrooms are used in dishes like matsutake gohan, where they're cooked with rice until the mushrooms infuse the rice with their unique flavor.
Where to buy?
You can find fresh pine mushrooms in specialty grocery stores, Asian supermarkets, and farmers' markets from September through November.
Try this Grilled Matsutake recipe for a taste of pine-cinnamon-infused mushrooms.
Marinate them in a ziplock bag with a mixture of soy sauce and mirin for 20 minutes, then grill until charred and pliable!
This recipe pairs well with seafood and provides a camping-in-the-forest flavor. Serve and enjoy!
This mushroom risotto is autumn in a bowl! Preparing takes about 45 minutes and offers a creamy, umami-rich taste.
For this recipe, you'll cook rice pearls in a mellow kombu dashi and sake.
The risotto is topped with pine mushrooms caps, browned butter-infused panko breadcrumbs for crunch, and grated parmigiano reggiano.
Enjoy it as a main course or side dish!
Freshly foraged wild mushrooms transformed into delectable pasta in the kitchen! This wild mushroom pasta has a rustic charm and takes only 30 minutes to prepare.
It combines pine mushrooms, smoky bacon, sage leaves, and crunchy hazelnuts with creamy ricotta.
Serve with crumbled ricotta cheese for one of my favorite pine mushroom recipes!
Matsutake Suimono is a traditional Japanese autumn soup made with fresh pine (matsutake) mushrooms, tofu, and mitsuba herb in a clear dashi broth.
The pine mushrooms infuse the soup with their unique aroma, which adds a subtle sweetness and cinnamon flavor.
Finish with yuzu zest for a citrusy contrast!
Enjoy this Pine Mushroom Salad with Gruyère Beignets, a French-inspired dish that only takes one hour to make!
The dish features mushrooms in three ways: raw, puréed, and cooked!
Serve it by placing quenelles of chopped mushroom mixture on a platter, adding sautéed mushrooms, topping with Gruyère beignets, and drizzling with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice!
These pot stickers are a family favorite! They feature a crispy, browned base and a soft and juicy filling with tons of mushroom flavor.
The filling is made with freshly chopped pine mushrooms, white cabbage, spring onions, pork, and various seasonings.
Serve these with your favorite dumpling sauce for a delicious lunch or dinner!
Try this quick and crispy Matsutake Tempura recipe. In just 30 minutes, you can transform these meaty mushrooms into tender pieces of crispy tempura.
Simply slice the mushrooms, create a light tempura batter, and fry them until they turn golden brown and crispy.
Serve with a Japanese-inspired dipping sauce made from dashi, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar for a flavor-packed experience!
Matsutake Gohan is a fragrant Japanese seasoned rice dish made with dashi stock and pine mushroom, also known as matsutake mushroom.
It's a delicacy that the Japanese prize for its distinct aroma and flavor!
It takes about one hour to make, but it's incredibly straightforward. Simply combine all the ingredients in a rice cooker and let it work its magic.
Pine mushrooms elevate this broiled bass recipe!
It combines pine mushrooms and tender bass with a flavorful mushroom and sake sauce.
The broiled bass is served atop the sautéed mushrooms, garnished with chives and rosemary.
This recipe is perfect for a fancy dinner for friends and family!
Savor this mushroom tortellini for your next weekend project!
This dish takes about 2 hours to prepare and features a filling made from pine mushrooms, garlic, onion, thyme, Parmesan, ricotta cheese, and egg yolk.
The pine mushrooms add a delicious earthiness and woodsy flavor to the ricotta filling! Everyone will be asking for this recipe!
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