Last Updated on August 19, 2023
Are you looking for a delicious and savory dish to add to your menu? Look no further than this spicy enoki mushroom! Enoki mushrooms have a mild flavor and crunchy texture that make them the perfect foundation for this dish.
The addition of gochujang, garlic, and other spices creates a great flavor that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Read on to learn how to make this easy and delicious spicy enoki mushroom dish.
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What is Spicy Enoki Mushroom?
Spicy Enoki mushroom is a savory and slightly spicy dish made with enoki mushrooms, garlic, gochujang, and other spices. Enoki mushrooms have a mild flavor and crunchy texture that pairs perfectly with the flavorful sauce.
This dish is popular in both Japan and Korea as an elevated side dish or appetizer that’s sure to impress. It’s easy to make and can be served with steamed rice or noodles for a complete meal.
What does it taste like?
This dish has a combination of savory, spicy, and slightly sweet flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.
The enoki mushrooms offer a mild flavor and crunchy texture that pairs perfectly with the flavorful sauce made from gochujang, garlic, and other spices.
How did I first get introduced to the Spicy Enoki Mushroom?
I first got introduced to the Spicy Enoki Mushroom when I was traveling in Japan. It was a cool evening and we had just finished exploring the local markets.
As we were making our way home, my friends stopped at a small restaurant near our hotel. They told me they wanted to try one of the specialty dishes that this place was known for: Spicy Enoki Mushroom.
I was intrigued and wanted to give it a try too – so we all ordered the dish. When it arrived, I was amazed by the colorful presentation of this dish!
The enoki mushrooms were mixed together with a flavorful sauce that had just the right amount of spice and sweetness. I loved every bite and knew then that I wanted to recreate this dish at home.
Since then, it’s become a staple in my cooking repertoire. I love the combination of flavors and textures that make up this dish – and it’s so easy to make too! I hope you will give it a try soon and experience the deliciousness of Spicy Enoki Mushroom for yourself!
How to Make Spicy Enoki Mushroom?
Making Spicy Enoki Mushrooms is very easy and straightforward. All you need is a few simple ingredients & follow the steps:
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- Enoki mushrooms: This is the star of this dish! Enoki mushrooms are long, thin white mushrooms with small caps that offer a slightly crunchy texture and mild flavor.
- Neutral oil: We will be using neutral oils like vegetables or canola to cook our enoki mushrooms.
- Garlic: Chopped or minced garlic adds a nice flavor profile to the dish.
- Gochujang: Gochujang is a fermented Korean chili paste that adds some spiciness and sweetness to your dish.
- Sugar: This helps balance out the flavors of gochujang and soy sauce in traditional recipes.
- Soy sauce: Soy sauce is used for flavoring the dish and to help balance out the sweetness of gochujang.
- Rice vinegar: Rice vinegar is used for seasoning and acidity, adding a nice depth of flavor.
- Toasted sesame oil: This adds an extra layer of sesame flavor and aroma to your dish.
- Water: We will be using water to thin out our sauce while cooking.
- Gochugaru: This is a Korean chili powder that adds heat and smokiness to your dish. It’s optional but highly recommended!
- Samyang Buldak sauce: This is an extra spicy, garlicky chili sauce that adds a nice kick of flavor.
Begin by prepping the Enoki mushrooms. Trim off the ends and separate them into small clusters.
In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add in the Enoki mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes until they start to turn golden brown. Flip them over and continue cooking until all sides have been cooked through.
In a small bowl mix together the gochujang, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and water.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet along with the garlic and gochugaru (optional). Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
Pour in the sauce mixture and give it a quick stir. Add in the Samyang Buldak sauce (optional) and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Add the Enoki mushrooms back into the skillet and give it a good stir to coat them with the sauce. Cook for 2-3 more minutes until everything is heated through.
Serve immediately over steamed rice or noodles!
– If your sauce is too thin, add a bit more gochujang or Samyang Buldak sauce.
– If you prefer a milder dish, reduce the amount of gochugaru or make sure to use low-sodium soy sauce.
– If you don’t have access to Enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms can be used as a substitute.
Spicy Enoki Mushroom Recipe
- 2 packs enoki mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil (divided)
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons gochujang
- ½ tablespoon sugar
- ½ tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- ½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon gochugaru (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Samyang Buldak sauce (optional)
- Begin by prepping the Enoki mushrooms. Trim off the ends and separate them into small clusters.
- In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add in the Enoki mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes until they start to turn golden brown. Flip them over and continue cooking until all sides have been cooked through.
- In a small bowl mix together the gochujang, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and water.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet along with the garlic and gochugaru (optional). Cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Pour in the sauce mixture and give it a quick stir. Add in the Samyang Buldak sauce (optional) and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Add the Enoki mushrooms back into the skillet and give it a good stir to coat them with the sauce. Cook for 2-3 more minutes until everything is heated through.
- Serve immediately over steamed rice or noodles!
Saturated Fat: 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g
Monounsaturated Fat: 14g
Trans Fat: 0.1g
Vitamin A: 1218IU
Vitamin C: 3mg
What to serve with Spicy Enoki Mushroom?
Spicy Enoki Mushroom is a great side dish or appetizer that pairs well with other dishes. It can be served with steamed white rice, soba noodles, or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. You can also serve it as an appetizer with other finger foods such as tempura and steamed buns. And don’t forget to add some pickled vegetables to the table for a bit of acidity and crunch!
How to store leftover Spicy Enoki Mushroom?
Leftover Spicy Enoki Mushroom can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place it in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook until heated through. Alternatively, you can microwave the dish for 1 minute or until hot.
Can pregnant women eat this?
Yes, pregnant women can enjoy this dish in moderation. However, it is important to ensure that the ingredients are fresh and properly cooked. Additionally, pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts of gochugaru or Samyang Buldak sauce as these contain higher levels of capsaicin which may be harmful to the baby.
Now that you know how to make delicious Spicy Enoki Mushroom, why not give it a try? This dish is easy to prepare and comes together in minutes. Plus, it’s a great way to spice up your weeknight meals!
Thank you for reading. I hope you found this helpful, please share this article with your friends and family so they can enjoy this dish too!
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Dr. Leah Alexander, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatrician in New Jersey and has been working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000.
She also has a passion for culinary arts that extends beyond the medical realm. After completing culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, she started Global Palate, LLC, a catering firm, in 2007. She ran her own six-year-old catering company and served small group parties as an owner and executive chef.