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Recipe: Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry

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Shiitake mushrooms are popular in East Asian cuisine. Not only are they delicious and filled with umami flavor, they also have nutritious properties. Shiitake mushrooms provide a rich combination of B vitamins and along with minerals like copper, zinc, and selenium. It’s a healthy source of carbohydrates, low in fat, and also provides dietary fiber.

Shiitake mushrooms are great in sautes, stir frys, and also a nice addition to soups or broths. Fresh shiitake mushrooms are harder to find sometimes, so I tend to stock up on dried ones. I find it very convenient to have a large bag of dried shiitake mushrooms in the pantry. The dried shiitake mushrooms are available at many Asian markets and can lasts for months to years, in airtight containers in cool areas or in the refrigerator.

Here’s how to re-hydrate the mushrooms before you can use them in any recipes. Re-hydrate the mushrooms by soaking the dried mushrooms in boiling water, covered, for at least 30 minutes, or until they are soft. (Sometimes I leave it soaked for up to 12 hours.) Next, drain the mushrooms. You can keep the mushroom liquid for other use. Just pour into a separate container and avoid the gritty liquid at the bottom. I like use the liquid for cooking vegetables or for making gravies. Then, separate the stem and slice the mushroom top into halves or threes. You can keep the mushroom stems for broths and soup bases too.

Here’s a recipe for a beef and shiitake mushroom stir fry that’s paleo friendly, delicious, and easy to prepare.

Ingredients for marinade:

  • 2 inch fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Ingredients:

  • 10 dried shiitake mushrooms, re-hydrated and sliced (alternatively you can use about 8 oz of fresh mushrooms)
  • 1 lb flank steak or sirloin beef, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced thinly
  • Half lime, juiced
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix together the ingredients for the marinate. Combine the sliced beef with the marinade and let it sit, covered, for at least an hour.
  2. Heat a large pan with coconut oil and add the garlic and onions. Cook the garlic and onions until the onions start to soften and brown slightly.
  3. Add the marinated beef and stir fry for a few minutes until the meat begins to cook.
  4. Add the shiitake mushrooms. Stir fry the mixture for another 5 minutes or until evenly cooked.
  5. Squeeze the lime over the beef and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve over rice or lettuce greens.

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