Shiitake Mushroom Salt

This is the first post in an unofficial series I’ll be doing over the next few weeks with recipes for aaallll kinds of spectacular homemade gifts.

Shiitake Mushroom Salt |

I’m doing this one first because:

  1. It is sooo delicious I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you
  2. This shiitake salt needs to go on ALL of your savory holiday dishes
  3. It makes a perfect host/hostess gift for the person or people hosting you this Thanksgiving!

Bonus reason: Flavored salts get even more flavorful over time, so if you want to gift your loved ones with jars of this flavored salt during the holiday season, go ahead and make it now so the salt can get all kinds of flavor-infused and fragrant!

How to Make Shiitake Mushroom Salt |

I’ve got to tell you, this Shiitake Mushroom Salt is DARN GOOD.

I’ve been caught a few times taking it out of my cupboard just to smell it.

And I’ve put it on EVERYTHING. It revolutionizes roasted chicken. It transforms roasted vegetables. It intensifies soup. And it does delightfully naughty things to popcorn and homemade chips.

Shiitake Mushroom Salt |

This two-ingredient flavored salt proves that sometimes simple really is the best.

I season meats, vegetables, and snacks simply with this salt alone and I’m astounded by the depth and richness of flavor it gives my ingredients.

Make a batch of this mushroom salt ASAP and share it with all of the cooks in your life.

Just be sure to keep plenty for yourself! You’ll be sooo glad that you did.

DIY Shiitake Mushroom Salt |

Shiitake Mushroom Salt

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Yield: About 2 1/2 cups mushroom salt


  • 5 ounces or about 1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 1/2 cups sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms and sea salt to a large metal baking sheet. Spread them both out so they are in as thin a layer as possible.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and cook the mushrooms and salt until the mushrooms are completely dry and brittle, about 1 hour. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let cool.
  4. Add the shiitake-salt mixture to a large food processor. Process on high speed for 1-3 minutes, or until the mushrooms are finely ground and evenly distributed. Pour your new shiitake mushroom salt into containers for storage, gifting, and use.

Homemade Shiitake Mushroom Salt |


  1. says

    Ok, so apparently I need to get on the flavored salt train. This is probably your third or fourth recipe and I’ve seen a few other bloggers making their own finishing salts. Do you think this would work with another variety of mushroom like portabello?

    • says

      Carmella, you are right; I’m obsessed! I love that, by seasoning my food with just one thing, I can get layers of delicious flavor that would normally take a number of other ingredients to capture! This would definitely work with portabello mushrooms as well. <3