Spicy Enoki Mushroom Recipe

Spicy, garlicky, and earthy this spicy enoki mushroom recipe comes together in minutes for a healthy and delicious side dish.

spicy enoki mushroom
This spicy enoki mushroom recipe is fragrant, satisfying, and easy to make.

If you’ve never had enoki, you’ve got to try this spicy enoki mushroom recipe. Simple, straightforward, and with only a few ingredients, it’s funky, spicy and really lets the fungi shine.

Enoki are unique from other mushrooms in the fact that they are very mild tasting, unlike an oyster or shiitake. Since their flavor is so mild, they soak up the spicy garlic sauce beautifully. 

The beauty of enoki is in their texture. When raw, they have a slight crunch, but when cooked, they resemble al dente vermicelli noodles in the best way possible. 


This recipe takes minimal ingredients and comes together in just a couple of minutes. Make alongside rice, noodles, or with a hotpot.

There are a lot of Asian mushrooms, but enoki might be our favorite. You can find them in your local Asian market but a lot of big supermarkets like Whole Foods sell them now too.

What Do Enoki Mushrooms Taste Like?

They are pleasantly chewy and a little earthy. What really distinguishes enoki mushrooms from others is the fact they are long and thin.

These long skinny mushrooms are mild and are more about their texture than their taste. Given their shape and size they are reminiscent of noodles.

Enoki mushrooms
Enoki mushrooms are long-stemmed, mild in flavor, and have a chewy texture.

How To Make Spicy Enoki Mushroom Recipe

The first step to this Korean spicy enoki mushroom recipe is to finely chop the garlic and Thai chili. We’re using a whopping six cloves of garlic and two chilis. It may seem like a lot, but trust and believe it’s going to taste great.

If you don’t like a lot of spice, you could only use one Thai chili or use something milder, like a serrano or jalapeno. 

Place your garlic and chili in a heatproof small bowl. Heat a neutral oil in a pan until shimmering and carefully pour into your bowl with the garlic and chili. It will sizzle and smell amazing.

Next, pour in your dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. If you don’t have light and dark soy sauce, you can just use regular soy sauce. 

Now let’s prepare to cook the mushrooms. First cut off the lower root end. Break up your mushrooms so it isn’t in one big clump and run water over in a strainer to wash the dirt off. Pat dry.

Use your pan you heated up oil in and place it over medium high heat. Place half the mushrooms down and sprinkle with green onions. 

Put the remaining mushrooms on top, the rest of the green onion, and then pour the sauce over. Let that come to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for a couple of minutes until the green onion is wilted.

This spicy enoki mushroom recipe is a great side that is easy to throw together.

How Long Do You Cook Enoki Mushrooms?

Because enoki mushrooms are so thin and small, they only need about 1 – 2 minutes to cook in a skillet on medium high heat. You can also eat them raw.

How Long Do You Boil Mushrooms?

The time it takes to boil mushrooms depends on the type of mushroom you are cooking. For a baby bella, boil for 15 minutes until they are done.

If it’s a smaller and more delicate mushroom like enoki, it will only take a minute until it’s ready.

What Is A Good Substitute For Enoki Mushrooms?

A good substitute for enoki mushrooms include portobello, cremini, shiitake, and button mushrooms. Portobello are dark, thick, and their texture resembles meat.

Portobellos are popular among vegans and vegetarians as a meat substitute. They are also very nutritious, containing high amounts of potassium and antioxidants. 

Button mushrooms are the same type of mushroom as portobello and the difference between them is in their age. Buttons are harvested when they are very young and portobellos are fully grown.

In this fungi family, portobellos are the adults, buttons the babies, and cremini are the teenagers. Cremini are harvested when they are midway through growth, providing a meaty texture but mild taste.

Shiitakes are also a great substitute for the long stemmed mushroom enoki and are very common in Asian cuisine. They have a strong, earthy taste and meaty texture.

Enoki are cherished for their texture; when cooked they are like al dente vermicelli.
Enoki is cherished for its texture; when cooked they are like al dente vermicelli.
spicy enoki mushroom

Spicy Enoki Mushroom Recipe

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
Spicy, garlicky, and earthy this spicy enoki mushroom recipe comes together in minutes for a healthy and delicious side dish.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people (as a side)
Calories 48 kcal


  • 14 oz enoki mushroom
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Thai chilis, minced
  • 3 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Β½ cup green onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces

Recipe Instructions

  • Place the chili and garlic in a small heatproof bowl. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Carefully pour the oil into the bowl with the garlic and chili making it sizzle.
  • Next, add your soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar.
  • Place the skillet back over medium-high heat and spread a layer of mushrooms, topped with about half of your green onions. Add the remaining mushrooms in another layer and top with green onion. Pour the sauce over the mushrooms.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 629mgPotassium: 378mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Asian mushrooms, Dark soy sauce, Enoki, Enoki mushrooms, Korean spicy enoki mushroom recipe, Long skinny mushrooms, Long stemmed mushroom, Prepare to cook, Small bowl, Spicy enoki mushroom recipe, Spicy garlic sauce
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  1. 5 stars
    I love enoki mushrooms and wish that more recipes would use them!!! This recipe had just the right level of spice and a pleasant texture.

  2. 5 stars
    I loved the balance of sweet and heat here! And any dish with that much garlic is meant for me. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I have seen enoki mushrooms in the grocery often but never know how to prepare them. Glad I finally got some to experiment a bit. We really love this recipe! Thanks

  4. 5 stars
    Wow I don’t even know where to start! This recipe was absolutely delicious and I loved the flavors and texture in the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    My boyfriend and I went to an Asian market and picked up some enoki mushrooms. We made this and it was absolutely delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    I saw enoki mushrooms in a local Asian market but didn’t know what to do with them until I saw this recipe. I’m so glad I decided to give them a try. This dish tasted amazing.

  7. 5 stars
    This was very new for me as I have never cooked enoki mushrooms before. I was surprised at how good this was. Thanks for a great recipe that helped me venture out and try something new and wonderful!

  8. 5 stars
    What a quick and flavor packed dish! Loved all the big Asian flavors in this dish, and it was so easy to make! Yum!

  9. 5 stars
    Oh my heavens, these were delicious! The spice level was perfection and that savory umami sauce/broth is so satisfying. It completely permeates the mushrooms. Each bite bursts with flavor. Great recipe!

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