Cooking Lion’s Mane Mushroom is super easy and well worth the time it takes to get to know more about this fluffy white mushroom. Believed to have a seafood-like taste that is similar to crab and lobster, but I would challenge that description.
Because of the mushrooms unique flavor, it is best to cook as uncomplicated as possible. The lion’s mane mushrooms thick texture means that they are great for sauteing, deep frying, in stews, sauces and for roasting.
I have had the pleasure of learning about Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from my cousin Judy Dean. She is growing these mushrooms and gave me several to cook with.
Where have these mushrooms been all my life!! I can’t get enough of them. They taste amazing!!
A Lion’s Mane Mushroom growing kit is on its way to my house as we speak. But where do I get more of these mushrooms now?
Now that I know more about this amazing mushroom, I have tracked down local growers at are willing to sell me some. Also check you local farmers markets.
If you can’t find Lion’s Mane Mushrooms then try this sautéed mushrooms recipe.
As an Amazon Associate, a Walmart Affiliate, and a member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. This page contains affiliate links. Click on the highlighted text in a post to explore a product. If you purchase through one of them, I will receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). I ONLY EVER ENDORSE PRODUCTS THAT I TRULY LOVE. Thank you for your support!
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits
The benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms can be traced as far away as China according to cascadiamushrooms.com. Traditional Chinese Medicine used its medicinal potential to help with the liver, kidney, lung, spleen, and heart.
Scientists have been studying the benefits the mushrooms have on brain health, immune support and helps treat diabetes, infections and heal wounds. Cascadiamushrooms.com also claims that current studies are underway for the mushrooms potential to treat Alzheimer’s Disease.
Lion’s Mane Benefits
The benefits of Lion’s Mane is growing more and more in popularity everyday! The bodies beneficial effects focus’s on the heart, gut and the brain because of the bioactive substances that Lion’s Mane Mushrooms have.
Healthline.com lists 9 Health Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Plus Side Effects). Lion’s Mane is dried. Then used in teas and ground up into powder. Extracts are also used to help in recovery of rats but more studies need to be on done on humans.
If you are looking for other healthy how to’s, give this How to Grow Lentil Sprouts a try!
What Is A Lion’s Mane?
A plump, bright white dense mushroom with the looks of a long flowing lion’s mane. Growing in clumps, this mushroom does not have the typical traits of a mushroom like a cap and a stalk.
As this mushroom ages it turns from super white in color to shades of yellow and then finally brown. Lion’s Mane Mushrooms grow in the outdoors, typically on dead or dying hardwood trees.
Foragers can find them in late summer and early fall in North America and throughout Europe.
Growing Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
You can grow Lion’s Mane using hardwood sawdust bags. Michigan Mushroom Company has mastered the art of growing Lion’s Mane Mushrooms. To try growing your own Lion’s Mane Mushrooms, purchase yours kit HERE.
Make sure to follow the manufactures growing instructions. If grown correctly, you should be able to get several harvestings from just one bag.
How To Store and Clean the Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Once I harvest the mushrooms, I’m very careful with them because they will bruise easily. They will last up to a week if properly stored.
To store, place mushrooms in a single layer in a paper bag. Seal the bag and put in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Clean the mushrooms with a dry paper towel or dry brush. Brush or cut off any debris. Do not wash or soak the mushrooms in water.
How To Cook Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Prepare the Lion’s Mane mushrooms to cook. Clean the mushrooms, removing any dirt or bad spots. Shred the mushrooms with your hands by tearing them apart into small pieces.
Or using a chef’s knife to cut the mushrooms into slices, or cut them into small diced pieces, depending on how you want them cooked. Remember to keep it simple with cooking your mushrooms.
Gather all your ingredients to cook the mushrooms. In a saucepan over medium heat, toss in the mushrooms to a dry pan.
Cook the moisture out of the mushrooms before adding any oil or butter. Dry sauté the mushrooms in the beginning stages of cooking for best results.
How Long To Cook Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Keep tossing the mushroom but let them brown to develop flavor. When you have achieved golden brown color on the mushrooms, add some olive oil and season to taste if desired.
Cook time will vary between 5-10 minutes depending on how much moisture is in the mushrooms.
Join My Blackstone Griddle Lovers Facebook Group!
Cooking Lion’s Mane on a Blackstone Griddle
Preheat the Blackstone griddle on medium heat. Cut the mushrooms into the desired size.
On a dry, hot flat top griddle place the pre-cut Lion’s Mane Mushrooms and cook for about 2 minutes. With a spatula, flip the mushrooms.
Keep cooking for several minutes until a golden brown color is achieved. You want to let the mushrooms dry out a bit. At this point, add any flavorings such as butter, garlic, seasonings, olive oil, or cook mushrooms into desired recipe.
What to Serve with Lion’s Mane Mushroom
There are so many great options to serve with your sautéed mushrooms. Here are a few main meal recipes for you to choose from.
- Smoked Chicken Thighs
- Ham Pepperoni Mushroom Pizza
- Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon on the Smoker
- Smoked Spatchcock Chicken
- BBQ Chicken Kabobs
Frequently Asked Questions
These fresh mushrooms will only last up to a week. To prevent wasting the fresh mushrooms it is suggested to sauté anything that will not be used within 7 days. After sauteing, cool and store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.
Cooked Lion’s Mane Mushrooms can be frozen. It is not suggested to freeze fresh mushrooms because of the high moisture content that these mushrooms have. Once sauteed, cool and place in a freezer container or freezer bag. Put a label with the correct name, date and how much is in the container. Vacuum seal to extend the life of the mushrooms. When ready to use, there is no need to thaw. Just place in your favorite recipe or cook in a hot skillet.
Yes! In a dehydrator, place small pieces of the mushroom in a single layer on the drying racks. At 110-125 degrees, dry for several hours until there is no moisture present in the mushroom. Mushrooms will be leathery in appearance and drying times will vary depending on moisture content. After the mushrooms are completely dried, store in a sealed container for up to a year.
Pasta dishes, omelets, soups, stews, risotto, wild rice, stuffing, stroganoff, are just a few recipes that you can make. Check out more recipes HERE.
Chef Sherry’s Online Cooking Classes
Cooking Lion’s Mane Mushroom Recipe
Get the full recipe and nutritional information below.
- Lion's Mane Mushrooms. 16 ounces
- Prep the mushrooms to cook. After they have been properly cleaned, shred the mushrooms with your hands by tearing them apart into small pieces.
- Or using a chef’s knife, cut the mushrooms into slices, or cut them into small pieces, depending on your desired outcome.
- In a saucepan over medium heat add the mushrooms.
- Because of the moisture in the mushrooms, do not add any oil or butter until after most of the moisture has been cooked out. Dry sauté the mushrooms in the beginning stages of cooking for best results.
- Keep stirring the mushroom but let them brown to develop flavor.
- Once you have achieved good color on the mushrooms, you can add some olive oil and season to taste if desired.
- Cook time will be between 5-10 minutes depending on how much moisture is in the mushrooms.
- Once cooked add to your desired recipe, or cool and store properly.
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This page contains affiliate links. Click on the highlighted text in a post to explore a product. If you purchase through one of them, I will receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). I ONLY EVER ENDORSE PRODUCTS THAT I TRULY LOVE. Thank you for your support!
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Ground Coffee, Lion's Mane, 12 Ounce
Host Defense, Lion's Mane Capsules, Promotes Mental Clarity, Focus and Memory, Daily Mushroom Supplement, Vegan, Organic, 120 Capsules (60 Servings)
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit - Fully Colonized Lion's Mane Mushrooms - Indoor Grow Kit - Grow up to 4 Pounds
Amount Per Serving Calories 25Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 2g
Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.
Did you enjoy this recipe? Your comment and 5-star rating take just seconds but helps other readers and helps our site gain more readers! Thank you for taking the time to share your comments!
Stay in touch with me through social media!
Tried this recipe? Snap a picture and tag #frommichigan2019 on Instagram @frommichigan2019.
Like my page on Facebook.
Follow me on Pinterest
Join my Blackstone Griddle Facebook Pages:
Subscribe to my YouTube channel – Sherry Ronning – to get notification of my latest videos.
If you enjoy this recipe, you may enjoy the following: Pan Fried Morel Mushrooms