Teriyaki Mushrooms

IMPORTANT This recipes is just for the mushrooms themselves

The history of Teriyaki sauce

Woof! Woof! I’m an excitable little dog eager to share the delicious history of teriyaki mushroom marinade with you. teriyaki sauce itself has a fascinating background, originating in Japan. However, the concept of marinating mushrooms in teriyaki Sauce has gained popularity more recently as a Vegetarian and vegan-friendly alternative to traditional teriyaki dishes.

Teriyaki sauce has its roots in the Japanese cooking technique known as “teriyaki.”

Quick Trivia!

The word “teriyaki” is a combination of two Japanese words: “teri,” meaning luster or shine, and “yaki,” referring to the cooking method of grilling or broiling. The original teriyaki sauce was traditionally made by combining soy saucemirin (a sweet rice wine), and sugar. This sauce was used to glaze and flavor fish or meat, creating a glossy, caramelized finish.

The concept of using teriyaki sauce as a marinade for mushrooms likely emerged as a response to the growing popularity of vegetarian and vegan diets. Mushrooms are a versatile ingredient known for their ability to absorb flavors, making them an excellent choice for marinating. By combining the umami-rich flavors of teriyaki sauce with mushrooms, a new and exciting dish was born.

To create a teriyaki mushroom marinade, typically, sliced or whole mushrooms are combined with teriyaki sauce in a bowl or a zip-lock bag. The mushrooms are allowed to marinate for a certain period, usually at least 30 minutes but often longer, to allow the flavors to penetrate and infuse into the mushrooms. This process enhances the taste and texture of the mushrooms, giving them a savory, sweet, and slightly tangy profile.

The marinade not only imparts delicious flavors to the mushrooms but also helps tenderize them. Mushrooms naturally contain enzymes that break down proteins, making them softer and more palatable when marinated. This process allows the mushrooms to absorb the teriyaki flavors while becoming tender and juicy.

The popularity of teriyaki mushroom marinade has grown in recent years due to the increasing demand for plant-based and meat-free dishes. It offers a delightful option for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking to incorporate more vegetables into their diet while enjoying the classic teriyaki flavors.

So, next time you’re craving a flavorful and meat-free dish, consider marinating mushrooms in teriyaki sauce. The combination of umami-rich flavors and tender, juicy mushrooms will surely make your taste buds wag with delight!

What should I serve with Teriyaki Mushrooms?

When serving teriyaki mushrooms, there are several tasty options to complement and complete your meal. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Steamed Rice: A classic choice, steamed white or brown rice pairs perfectly with teriyaki mushrooms. The rice acts as a neutral base, allowing the flavors of the teriyaki sauce to shine. You can also consider making fried rice by stir-frying cooked rice with vegetables and soy sauce for added texture and flavor.
  • Stir-Fried Vegetables: Create a colorful and nutritious Side Dish by stir-frying a medley of vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, snap peas, and baby corn. Season them lightly with soy sauce or a splash of teriyaki sauce to complement the flavors of the teriyaki mushrooms.
  • Noodles: Opt for a noodle dish like soba, udon, or rice Noodles to serve alongside teriyaki mushrooms. Prepare the noodles according to package instructions and toss them with stir-fried vegetables, sesame oil, and a touch of teriyaki sauce for a delicious and satisfying meal.
  • Grilled pineapple: For a delightful contrast of flavors, grill or pan-fry pineapple slices and serve them alongside the teriyaki mushrooms. The natural sweetness of the pineapple complements the savory teriyaki sauce, creating a harmonious balance of tastes.
  • Salad: A fresh and vibrant Salad can add a refreshing element to your meal. Consider a mixed greens salad with sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and a light Asian-inspired dressing like ginger sesame or soy-lime vinaigrette.
  • Steamed or Stir-Fried bok choy: Bok choy, with its tender leaves and crunchy stalks, makes a wonderful side dish. Steam or stir-fry bok choy with garlic, ginger, and a drizzle of soy sauce to complement the teriyaki flavors.
  • Miso Soup: Start your meal with a bowl of warm Miso Soup. Its rich umami flavor and comforting broth provide a delightful contrast to the teriyaki mushrooms.

Remember, these are just suggestions, and you can mix and match according to your preferences. Feel free to get creative and explore different combinations to create a well-rounded and satisfying meal with your teriyaki mushrooms. Enjoy!

Shiitake‘s Quest: A Bento Box Adventure.

Once upon a time, in a bustling kitchen, there lived a little teriyaki mushroom named Shiitake. Shiitake dreamed of finding his long-lost parents, who were the most sought-after mushrooms in the land. Determined and brave, Shiitake embarked on an adventure to find them.

With a small knapsack filled with teriyaki sauce, Shiitake set off into the wide world of the refrigerator. His journey began with a leap onto a crisp bed of lettuce, where he met a friendly cucumber named Cuke. Cuke, known for his refreshing nature, decided to join Shiitake on his quest. They hopped onto a carrot slice that served as their trusty steed and ventured forth.

As they traveled through the fridge, they encountered a cheerful red bell pepper named Pepper, who offered to guide them through the labyrinth of condiments and leftovers. Together, they braved the chilly compartments and reached the realm of the bento box.

In the bento box, they met an elegant sushi roll named nori. Nori shared tales of the sea and the wonders of the ocean. Inspired by the stories, Shiitake, Cuke, Pepper, and Nori embarked on a perilous journey to reach the Land of Soy Sauce, where they believed Shiitake’s parents might reside.

On their way, they came across a tender tofu cube named Tofu. Tofu, amazed by the teriyaki mushroom’s determination, offered his strength to the group. Now a united team, they braved the chopsticks forest, leaped across soy sauce streams, and climbed mountains made of rice grains.

Finally, at the peak of their journey, they found themselves in a serene teriyaki glaze lake. The lake shimmered under the moonlight, and it was there that they discovered Shiitake’s long-lost parents, Portobello and Enoki. Tears of joy flowed as the family was reunited.

With their newfound friends by their side, Shiitake and his parents, Portobello and Enoki, decided to return home together. They thanked Cuke, Pepper, Nori, and Tofu for their unwavering support and bid them farewell. The friends knew that their paths would cross again one day.

As Shiitake returned to the bustling kitchen, he felt a sense of belonging and gratitude. He had not only found his parents but had also gained a family of friends who taught him the value of courage, friendship, and the joy of a shared adventure.

From that day forward, the teriyaki mushroom, Shiitake, would share his tale with all the other ingredients in the kitchen, inspiring them to embrace their uniqueness and pursue their dreams.

And so, as the moon gently kissed the night sky, the kitchen fell into a peaceful slumber, filled with dreams of delicious bento box adventures and the warmth of friendship. Goodnight!

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Marinade30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 2
Calories: 89kcal


  • 227 g button mushrooms small
  • oil for fying


  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp white rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp sriracha


  • Whisk together marinade ingredients
  • Wash mushrooms and place in ziplock bag, add marinade, press out air, seal and massage to combine. Refrigerate at least 3 minutes.
  • Heat a wok or large pan with oil on medium high heat. use a slotted spoon to add mushrooms to pan without much marinade and saute til darkened and fragrant, about 2 minutes
  • Add 1/4 cup or so of the marinade to the pan and stir fry for around 5 minutes until sauce reduces and thickens


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1910mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg