Spicy Black Pepper Shiitake Mushrooms

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Spicy Black Pepper Shiitake Mushrooms

This spicy shiitake mushroom recipe will add a little to a lot of heat to your mouth from the black pepper and balance it with a little sweet from the balsamic vinegar.  These local (to Charleston, SC), hearty, earthy, & rich mushrooms don’t release a lot of water.  Some cooks cut the stems off completely.  I cut the tougher bulb end off but keep most of the chewy stem.  Eat these as a side or mix in with some pasta, rice, or other grain.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: International


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 stems rosemary, divided
  • 1 lb shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper


  • Clean the mushrooms with a paper towel if needed.
  • Bring a large pan to medium high heat.  When hot add the olive oil.  Place 5 of the rosemary springs in the olive oil and let it lightly sizzle for ~ 30 seconds.
  • Add sliced mushrooms and salt.  Cook ~ 3-5 minutes or until mushrooms have lost their water.  The pan is going to be hot.  Add the vinegar and expect some sizzle & steam.  Add the black pepper – start with 1/4 tsp and taste.  If you like it hotter, add additional black pepper.
  • Cook ~ 1 minute or until all the balsamic has soaked in or evaporated.  Remove the old rosemary stems & garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs so your dish looks pretty.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


Things In My Kitchen: 

  • Fresh Pepper Mill / Grinder – Any pepper mill will do.  I have a Vic Firth and this company bought them.  Just get one where you can adjust the coarseness of the grind.  Fresh ground black pepper kicks your game up a notch.

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Keywords: Shiitake, Mushrooms, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Whole 30

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