Shiitake Gravy

Prep Time

Less than 10 mins

Cooking Time

30-60 mins


1½ cups



Cooking with

This tasty gravy will enhance all your favorite grain dishes.


  • 2 Mitoku Dried Shiitake
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp unbleached wheat flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp Mitoku Organic Shoyu Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Mitoku Organic Mirin or white wine

Preparation Method

  1. Soak the shiitake in the water for 30 minutes or longer. Squeeze excess water out of the mushrooms, cut off and discard the tough stems, and thinly slice the caps. Reserve the soaking water for the gravy.
  2. Heat the oil in a small frying pan and sauté the shiitake, onion, and garlic over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Lower heat, sprinkle flour over vegetables, and stir constantly for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the soaking water while stirring briskly to prevent the flour from lumping. Stir frequently until gravy begins to simmer and thicken.
  5. Add the salt, shoyu, thyme and mirin or wine and simmer gently, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Recipe by John & Jan Belleme