Dancing Mushroom Shiromiso


Known as the Hen of the Woods mushroom in North America, the Maitake (dancing mushroom) is revered for its anti-cancer properties and ability to regulate the body’s blood pressure and insulin levels.

Here’s a delicious way to load up on minerals, vitamins, protein and amino acids..

Maitake Miso

Dancing Mushroom Shiromiso

If not available locally, whole Maitake mushrooms can be ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs

Whole, dried organic Maitake (grifola frondosa)
Fresh scallions, sliced
White miso paste
Organic spinach powder
Homemade chicken bone broth, vegetable stock or filtered water
Low-sodium tamari
Dried organic celery root
Dried hijiki

Soak dried Maitake in filtered hot (not boiling) water for 20 minutes.  Set re-hydrated mushroom aside to drain.  Reserve soaking liquid.

Drizzle mushroom with clarified butter, sprinkle with pepper and spinach powder and roast in a 350 degree oven until golden brown (about 25 minutes).  The mushroom should be slightly crispy on the edges.

Meanwhile, bring reserved soaking liquid and chicken stock to a rapid boil and cook until reduced in volume by 1/3.

Reduce heat and add tamari (be sure to use traditionally-fermented tamari that doesn’t contain hydrolyzed protein) celery root, scallions and hijiki (a wild brown sea vegetable).  Simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove broth from heat and stir in white miso paste.

Ladle broth into a bowl or deep plate then place the roasted Maitake on top.

14 thoughts on “Dancing Mushroom Shiromiso

  1. Very interesting information on the mushroom. Made me miss my dad. He used to pick wild mushrooms every year since I was a kid and this reminded me of him and those wonderful wild mushrooms!


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    • Because it effects blood pressure, insulin and weight loss, maitake (and shiitake and reishi) may help reduce the the disease-causing effects of the Standard American Diet (SAD for short). Doesn’t hurt that it also tastes great.

      Thanks for your comments, Elizabeth!

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