Spicy Asian Shiitake Mushroom Stew with Fried Tofu

Try this very tasty hearty shiitake mushroom stew.  It is a wonderful vegan dinner meal. You can always leave out the chili if you are one who does not like very spicy food like me.

Exotic shiitake mushrooms have been part of the diet in China, Japan, and Korea for thousands of years!  Their medicinal and health benefits are proven, from boosting the immune system to fighting cancer.

This special superfood became the Asian symbol for longevity since early times. Learn all about how Shiitake Mushrooms Are Full of Wonderful Health Benefits. 

Tofu adds a vegan protein which is actually good for us. Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds. It is a good source of protein, is gluten-free, contains no cholesterol and is low in calories.  You can get tofu in most health food stores; it is also Bean Curd and can be bought in Chinese markets.  Make sure it is organic and not GMO.

To get the most health benefits from Garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after cutting and before eating or cooking.  Waiting for 5 – 10 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form.  If you do not let it sit, allicin is never formed, so it is worth the wait.

Ginger is a wonderful herb superfood full of health benefits. Spicy aromatic ginger adds a unique flavour to meals and beverages.  The many wonderful health benefits of ginger also cause the cells of my body to glow with gratitude.

Kevala’s sesame oil is made with the finest organic sesame seeds. These are carefully selected and cold-pressed to obtain a premium oil.

Tamari is a premium form of Japanese soy sauce made with just fermented soybeans.  Made with 100% whole soybeans and no wheat, Ohsawa Organic Tamari is an excellent choice for those who are wheat-sensitive. 

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Now time to make your shiitake mushroom stew.

Shiitake Mushroom Stew

Course Soup
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword mushrooms, Shiitake, shiitake mushroom, soup, stew
Author Diana Herrington


  • 1/2 block firm tofu
  • 5 green onions
  • 1 red chili optional
  • 3-4 clove garlic
  • 1 green onion for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari to taste
  • 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cups water


  • Put 2 cups of water into a medium-sized pot and bring the water to a boil.
  • Wash and chop the green onions.
  • Cut the red chili in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and then finely chop it.
  • Peel your garlic and crush and chop it.
  • Peel the ginger and dice it finely.
  • Slice the mushrooms.
  • Once the water boils add in your green onions, chili, garlic, ginger, and tamari, simmer for a few minutes.
  • Now add the sliced shiitake mushrooms to the pot and continue to simmer.
  • While your pot is simmering drain the tofu and cut it into cubes.
  • In a pan fry the tofu cubes in the sesame oil, fry until the tofu is golden brown on all sides.
  • Mix the fried tofu and the bit of the sesame oil from frying into the soup mixture.
  • Chop one green onion finely and set aside.
  • Place the soup into bowls and sprinkle with green onion. (optional).
  • Serve and enjoy your shiitake mushroom stew.


All these ingredients have so many valuable health benefits:tofugarlic, ginger,shiitake mushrooms.
I like to use these:sesame oil and tamari
Note: you can add bok choy or any other greens that you would like to this soup. I often do for extra nutrients and variety.

More Favorite Shiitake Mushroom Recipes

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Savory Delicious Shiitake Mushroom Miso Soup

 Shiitake Mushroom Miso Soup is Savory and Delicious – This is the soup you will often find in Japanese restaurants. This shiitake mushroom miso soup is a delicious start to a meal and it is full of many health benefits from the mushroom, seaweed, miso and ginger

 Quick Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs – These sautéed shiitake mushrooms are a great addition to a meal, adding the healing benefits of these special mushrooms.  They are a tasty topper for rice, millet or quinoa and only take about 15 minutes to make.

 Shiitake Mushroom Salad with Walnuts is Very Tasty – This shiitake mushroom salad is extra delicious with the addition of walnuts.  Yum! All the ingredients in this salad are healthy and so it is very good for you.  A salad a day is always a good idea as it is a great way to get more vegetables into our diet.

Try These Other Great Stew and Soup Recipes

Shiitake mushroom stew
Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew

Delightful Pumpkin Stew For One of Your Fall Meals It is fall, so it’s ‘Stew’ time and I think you’re going to love this ‘Vegan Pumpkin Stew’ recipe! Fall is when I start making lots of vegan stews because they are heartening, nourishing and so easy to make. I have to say that summer is my favourite season, but there is so much beauty at this time of the year. I love walking amongst the beautiful fall leaves.

 Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew– This is a simple recipe with one of the easiest to digest beans; adzuki beans. I love Adzuki beans and this tasty stew is filling and delicious.

 Vegetable Stew – This is my idea of easy and delicious simple food and you don’t have to wait until vegetarians come to dinner to make a vegetable stew.

 Soba Soup – a Japanese Favourite – If you want a delicious noodle soup recipe that is gluten free, and perhaps even grain free try this soba soup.  This soup is made with buckwheat noodles.

 Crispy Tasty Tofu is a Great Addition to Meals– I enjoy adding crispy tasty tofu to a meal. It adds a vegan protein which is actually good for us.

 Miso Soup With Spinach & Mushrooms – We have come to think of Japanese food as being tempura, teriyaki, and sushi but it is miso soup that the Japanese will not want to live without.

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