The first time I ever tasted fried enoki mushroom, I was so pleased with the surprising taste. Who would have thought that this fried enoki mushroom recipe is so simple to make and delicious too!
If you are a working mother right me, and time would always be our enemy. Spending too much in the kitchen is not something that I fancy. This is one of my go-to dishes whenever I don’t have the time to cook, especially after intermittent fasting on my night shift.
Fried enoki with the right batter gives a crunchy, crispy bite and leaves you with a pleasant slightly sweet, slightly fruity flavor with tender mushroom meaty within.
You can also dip enoki mushroom fried with any homemade sauce that you made and it will taste heavenly. Before we dive in on how to cook fried enoki, did you know that enoki mushrooms are rich in a variety of nutrients, including fiber and B vitamins?
Enoki mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and may help to prevent many chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Interestingly, enoki mushrooms also may improve brain function by increasing levels of certain antioxidants and neurotransmitters in the brain.
Aren’t you excited to try this fried enoki mushroom and get all the benefits of eating a healthy delicious dish? Let’s do this.
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Ingredients To Make Fried Enoki Mushroom
To make crispy enoki, you only need a few ingredients:
Enoki Mushroom – 250-gram Enoki mushrooms wash and rinse properly then soak into a bowl of water with a pinch of salt for a few minutes. After that, patted fry.
All-purpose flour – Half of a cup or 60 gram
Cornstarch – 1/4 cup or 40 gram
Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Black pepper – 1/2 tsp
Garlic powder – 1/4 tsp
Water – 3/4 cup
Olive oil – 2 or 3 cups
Variation/Substitution Ingredients For Fried Enoki Mushroom
Flour – I am always on the look to find a better substitution or healthier ingredients to incorporate into my recipes. I have tried Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond and Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour and I highly recommend them even though it is pricier but if you are on a special diet or have diabetes then this alternative flour may cater to that special needs.
But due to this flour being high in fiber, you may need to add in more water than using the normal flour.
Eggs – You can add eggs for more protein in your flour if you are not vegan. Or you can also use egg as a substitute for flour.
If you don’t have flour and want to use eggs, this is how I do it:
Step 1: Soak Enoki mushroom into a bowl of water with a pinch of salt for 1-3 minutes. Pat dry your Enoki mushroom using a kitchen towel and separate Enoki mushroom into smaller pieces.
Step 2: Whisk 3 eggs inside a bowl, and add in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
Step 3: Pan-fried Enoki mushrooms after you have arranged the Enoki mushroom inside a non-stick pan on medium heat, then pour in the eggs. You can add chopped spring onion or chives.
Step 4: Flip your eggs once golden brown to the other side. Once both sides achieve the same golden brown, it is ready to be served.
Optional: You can add on garnishing like dived chives or scallion for added flavor.
Sauces: You can serve crispy enoki with ketchup, mayonnaise, chili sauce, or lemon wedge. My personal favorite is Greek yogurt + sriracha + lemon (mixed them all nicely) and give it a try. You may thank me later.
Enoki Mushrooms And Where To Buy Them?
Enoki mushroom also known as golden needle mushrooms, lily mushrooms, or enokitake is a long, thin, white mushroom with a mild flavor and crunchy texture that usually is no stranger to Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisines.
Typically sold in clusters and used in salads, hot pots, soups, stir-fries, and other dishes. Enoki mushrooms are commonly served cooked.
You can find and buy Enoki mushrooms at Asian groceries marts, some farmer’s markets, and health food stores in the produce aisle.
Small Whisk – I use this to help whisk my batter to perfection without any clumping.
Bowl or any wide container – That can help to fit the whole Enoki mushroom.
Non-stick pan – wide enough to fit Enoki mushrooms for frying.
Paper Towels – For absorbing moisture and oil after frying.
How To Cook Fried Enoki Mushroom
Step 1: Cut the bottom of Enoki mushrooms about half an inch or inch long from the base. Then you can separate a thin layer of Enoki mushrooms with a knife or using your hand. Which one is more convenient for you, personally I feel using a knife is much easier and not messy.
Step 2: In a bowl, mix your flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and water. Add in water and whisk until there is no clump.
Step 3: Heat the pan with cooking oil over medium heat. To know whether your oil is ready, try to dip chopsticks inside the oil and you can see bubble foaming.
Step 4: Use tongs to dip your Enoki mushrooms into the batter that you prepared earlier. Make sure all parts of the Enoki mushroom are completely covered and let excess batter drip off.
Step 5: Put the battered Enoki mushroom carefully into the hot oil. Deep-fried Enoki mushrooms for 1 minute on one side and then 1 minute on the other side using tongs to help you flip each side until golden brown. Carefully transfer your crispy enoki mushrooms to a plate.
Step 6: Allow to cool for a minute, best enjoy while it is still hot. You can sprinkle flaky sea salt or drizzle lemon juice. Finally, savor your fried enoki mushroom with a sauce of your own choosing.
Tips On Pan Fried Enoki Mushroom
Tips 1 – Smaller pieces of Enoki mushroom are easier to fry compared to larger pieces. This is because Enoki mushrooms are easily spread out while frying.
Tips 2 – While frying do not overcrowd your pan with Enoki mushrooms as this can cause your fried Enoki mushrooms not properly cooked.
Tips 3 – You have to serve immediately after frying because if you wait it won’t be as crispy as when it is served fresh and the base of the Enoki mushrooms will be a bit chewy.
Fried Enoki Mushroom
- 1/2 cup All purpose flour
- 250 gram Enoki Mushrooms
- 1/4 cup Cornstrach
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 or 3 cup Olive oil or any other vegetable oil
- Cut the bottom of Enoki mushrooms about half an inch or inch long from the base. Then you can separate a thin layer of Enoki mushrooms with a knife or using your hand. Which one is more convenient for you, personally I feel using a knife is much easier and not messy.
- In a bowl, mix your flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and water. Add in water and whisk until there is no clump.
- Heat the pan with cooking oil over medium heat. To know whether your oil is ready, try to dip chopsticks inside the oil and you can see bubble foaming.
- Use tongs to dip your Enoki mushrooms into the batter that you prepared earlier. Make sure all parts of the Enoki mushroom are completely covered and let excess batter drip off.
- Put the battered Enoki mushroom carefully into the hot oil. Deep-fried Enoki mushrooms for 1 minute on one side and then 1 minute on the other side using tongs to help you flip each side until golden brown. Carefully transfer your crispy enoki mushrooms to a plate.
- Allow to cool for a minute, best enjoy while it is still hot. You can sprinkle flaky sea salt or drizzle lemon juice. Finally, savor your fried enoki mushroom with a sauce of your own choosing.
FAQs On Fried Enoki Mushroom
Can I Air Fry Enoki Mushroom?
Yes, you can air-fry Enoki mushrooms. Put them inside an air fryer at 190C or 375F for 1-2 minutes, or until crispy not burned. You need to check and flip for both sides to make sure the Enoki mushrooms are cooked evenly.
Do I Need To Wash Enoki Mushroom?
Yes, you need to wash the Enoki mushroom before eating or cooking as it can easily be decontaminated during transport. While washing discard any that are discolored or rotten looking.
Is Eating Enoki Mushroom Good?
Yes, eating Enoki mushrooms is good for you as they are highly nutritious with fiber, antioxidants, and B vitamins per serving. They have numerous health benefits that may support brain function, immunity, heart health, and many more.
How Do You Know If Enoki Has Gone Bad?
If your Enoki mushroom has gone bad it may look dry and wrinkly or covered in slime, discolored spots, and have darkened gills. Their color can change too.
How Long Can Enoki Last In Fridge?
Enoki can last in the fridge for up to one week if they are stored in a paper bag before putting in the refrigerator.
Can You Eat Bottom Of Enoki?
It depends on you whether you want to eat the bottom of Enoki because the base of Enoki mushrooms is not toxic or dangerous to eat, but it does have a lot of dirt, and removing it won’t be that easy. It is best to eat only the cleanest parts of the mushroom.
What Are The Health Effects Of Enoki?
The health effects of Enoki are anti-cancer, anti-allergy, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that may protect and boost immunity and support brain function, heart health, and many more.
Is Enoki Mushroom Good For Diabetic?
Yes, Enoki Mushroom is good for diabetics as it contains dietary fibers that help to regulate blood sugar levels and this may prevent chronic health diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
Is Enoki Mushroom Good For Digestion?
Yes, Enoki mushroom is good for digestion as it contains a lot of fiber that plays an important role in the health of your digestive system. Consuming food with fiber can help to avoid diseases like constipation, hemorrhoids, and liver and stomach ulcers.
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