How to Cook Lion's Mane Mushroom

by Smallhold Friend

How to Cook Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion's mane mushroom, known as Hericium erinaceus, has been gaining popularity not only for its unique (adorable) appearance but also for its remarkable health benefits. This fuzzy lil mushroom, often referred to as the "pompom," "bearded tooth" or "monkey head" mushroom, may contain compounds that have neuroprotective properties, and could even stimulate nerve growth. Here are some ideas on how to cook your lion's mane, unlocking its savory potential and providing you with a hearty meal. 

Sauté: Heat a pan with some olive oil or butter. Sauté the lion's mane pieces until they turn golden brown. Try them in pulled lion's mane or chipotle lion's mane tacos. Or maybe simmer them in sake and miso and add them to this flatbread.

Roast: Marinate the lion's mane in a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and your favorite herbs. You can try this pan-roasted lion's mane steak for extra meaty flavor, or this simple roasted bbq lion's mane recipe. 

Stir-Fry: Combine Lion's Mane with colorful vegetables, soy sauce, and ginger for a delightful stir-fry. The mushroom's soft and tender texture makes it a fantastic addition to stir-fry dishes.

Air Fry: Coat your lion's mane in your favorite batter and make these lion's mane nuggets. Don't forget your favorite dipping sauce! 

In place of shellfish (like lobster and crab): Lion's mane is sweet, nutty and flaky, kinda like lobster or crab. Try making a lion's mane crab cake or lion's mane lobster rolls.