Thursday, May 15, 2014

Grilled Mushrooms with Ponzu Sauce

I am making this as an afternoon treat for today.  I got the recipe from an old Martin Yan cooking show and I have modified it slightly to account for my more barbarian tastes.  First let’s make the sauce:

Ponzu Sauce


  • 1/4 cup of sweet rice cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of minced green onions


  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl.
  2. There, that was pretty easy.

Grilled Mushrooms


  • 8 fresh shitake mushrooms
  • 8 fresh button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil


  1. Remove and discard the shitake stems.
  2. Cut the button mushrooms into 1/4 inch strips
  3. Brush the mushrooms with the sesame oil.
  4. Heat your frying pan over medium heat (a grill pan is even better if you have one).
  5. Cook the mushrooms for three minutes or so, on each side, until the mushrooms are lightly browned and tender.
  6. Serve on an aesthetically pleasing plate.
  7. Put the Ponzu sauce into appropriate dipping bowls.
  8. Dip the mushrooms into the sauce and consume with gusto.


angryparsnip said...

Yes Please !
Your Ponzu sauce sounds so good !

cheers, parsnip

Kerry said...

Laoch, thank you for this idea. I am totally going to make this.

Seriously? "Cooking With Laoch" has a catchy ring to it.

Laoch of Chicago said...

ap, it's very easy to make.

kerry, you should it is quick, easy and tasty. Let me know how it comes out.

Kerry said...

Cooking for one tonight. What else would be good with this?

Laoch of Chicago said...

I probably would make some noodles with it, maybe dan dan mian or sesame noodles.

Tamago said...

Ohhhh grilled mushrooms. Yummy!
We usually get ponzu sauce from a store, but it sounds pretty easy to make. Also home-made sauce must taste much better!

Heather Robinson said...

Oh yes please. Even if I can only get "champignons de Paris" at the moment, I will give this a go.

Laoch of Chicago said...

tamago, I find, generally, that the homemade sauce is less sweet that the store bought.

heather, it comes out fine with just the button mushrooms. :-)

susie said...
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Laoch of Chicago said...

susie, it is simple and easy to make.

L.G. Smith said...

Mmmm, that would go great with a cup of chai.

And just because…I ate a chocolate covered potato chip today. Not bad. :)

Kerry said...

OK Laoch, I did make them and they were simple and delicious: a slight smokiness to them from the grill pan. Very nice. Used button mushrooms+ a few nice fresh shitake + some reconstituted dried shitake. The reconstituted ones were not good, kind of bitter, but the fresh ones were scrumptious. Made dan dan noodles too, which I learned last year in a Szechuan cooking class. Super fun, and lotsa leftovers. Thanks for the idea!

Laoch of Chicago said...

lg, hahahahaha, nice one.

kerry, that sounds delightful: well done.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

That sounds fabulous. Anything with mushrooms sounds fabulous to me.

Is that the chef who had the show on TV "Yan Can Cook"? He was really funny sometimes.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Susan, yes, that is the same Yan. He is kind of my guru for cooking.