Deep fried Enoki mushroom

Don’t be alarmed. These are not the worm guys from “Men in Black” cooked and served on a plate. They are Enoki mushrooms!

Spicy Enoki mushroomsMushrooms! Don’t they look alluring? I am sure I have expressed my love affair with mushrooms on several instances. Sprouting on decaying materials, they add a certain charm to the cool, shady corners in your garden. Some mushrooms are just beautiful and others, creepy. A toadstool can transport you to a magic kingdom where fairy tales happen. Whereas, a Morel mushroom with slimy spores or a stinkhorn which is smelly, can be repulsive. Many are poisonous as well, but we have a wide array of edible shrooms.

I have tried cooking different kinds of mushrooms and was impressed by the subtle difference in their taste. They can add varying depth of flavour to our dishes. Normally, I buy button mushrooms, and on a whim I triedΒ  shitake, crimini and meaty portobello too. I had not tried enoki so far. I had seen it in boxes on the store shelf but ignored it. There is nothing wrong with it, it’s just, well, a bit of an unfamiliar territory. This time I was ready for some culinary adventure! So I bought some to challenge myself and it sat in the fridge for a week before it could inspire me.

Enoki mushrooms are native to Japan and commonly used in Asian dishes. They have long stems and little, white caps. They look like bean sprouts at first glance, but joined together at the base; they taste very different.

Enoki MushroomThey have a mild almost fruity flavour with a crisp texture. Being crisp, they can be used raw, in salads, sandwiches and as garnishes. Cut the hard base before cooking. As heat hardens and makes them tough, add these delicate mushrooms towards the end of cooking.

Deep fried Enoki mushroomsMeat-like and with an earthy flavour, these mushrooms are packed with nutrition. It is used in stir fries and added to soups, but it tastes good when grilled and fried too! I took them to the wok and gave them a good deep fry!


  • a bunch of Enoki Mushroom about 100 grams
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cornflour
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • toasted sesame seeds

Dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp hot chilli sauce
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • chopped chives to garnish
  1. Cut the ends of Enoki mushrooms and separate them into individual bunches with few strands stuck together.
  2. Rinse and then spread out as small bunch on a towel to dry for a while.
  3. Mix 2 tbsp rice flour and 2 tbsp corn flour in a bowl and set it aside.
  4. Roast white sesame seeds.
  5. Combine soy sauce, chilli sauce, lemon juice and flour mixture in a bowl.
  6. Dip each small bunch of Enoki mushroom in the mix.
  7. Then, coat it with flour mixture and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds.
  8. Deep-fry them in hot oil in batches.
  9. Fry until crispy and remove with a slotted spoon.
  10. Drain on a paper towel and serve hot.

To make the sauce: Take yogurt in a bowl and mix chilli sauce, lemon juice and salt. Sprinkle chopped chives on it. Use this as a dip for fried mushrooms.

dipDo not leave the mushrooms for a long time in the sauce mix as it will get soggy. Keep bowls with sauce mix, flour mix and sesame seeds like in a breading station. Dip the mushroom in the sauce, then in the flour and immediately drop into hot oil. Drop them in small bunches spreads out to let the steam go! Do not crowd them as they will start sweating and will not crisp up.

Fried Enoki This spicy Enoki mushroom fries were received with great enthusiasm at home…after all it is a fried dish!

It tastes salty, spicy and sweet. When fried in small bunches, they becomes very crispy. These look like some aliens or skinny creatures wearing hats. Okay, it has stirred enough conversation at home. It surely looks very abstract to draw more ideas!

A plate of this is a lovely snack with tea. These can be served as a savory side with barbequed meat and attractive enough to be an appetizer for vegetarians.


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28 Responses to Deep fried Enoki mushroom

  1. I’ve seen these around the web lately. I’ve never tried. Your version looks delicious.

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  2. coconutcraze says:

    Yes, I was very inspired by them and created this recipe to try it out. I fried half of the mushrooms that I bought to find out the result. I was very impressed and fried the remaining too! Very crunchy and tasty!


  3. Padma says:

    I have never tried these..would definitely try out..Do they taste like normal mushrooms?..Something new learnt today:)

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  4. Never tasted or heard about these mushrooms- sound interesting…. yummm

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  5. Oh my goodness! These are my favorite kind of mushroom. I cannot wait to make this. πŸ˜€

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  6. Lili says:

    Interesting mushrooms Sridevi! A bit scary looking but they sound delicious! Must try them one day – thanks for introducing them to me! πŸ™‚

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  7. Balvinder says:

    Just saw this on G+, they do like worms but I know what enoki mushrooms. Every time i look at them I wonder where to use. This is a great recipe to try.

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  8. Balvinder says:

    Sorry for the typing error, missed some words.
    But I am sure you will understand what I wanted to say.


  9. coconutcraze says:

    I guess, these mushrooms did not scare the hell out of you! :0 ! I liked this mushroom fried to a crisp. May be we can try adding it in other dishes and other spices too!


  10. veganrescue says:

    This looks yummy!!

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  11. Hilda says:

    I love what you’ve done with these mushrooms.

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  12. I have never seen this mushroom.. Should search for it…looks beautiful..grt recipe


  13. coconutcraze says:

    Enoki mushroom is available in most stores that sell a variety of mushrooms. Btw, my daughter gets annoyed when I repeat the name, ‘Enoki’…and I find it funny! πŸ™‚


  14. A very interesting snack Sridevi! Love the look and the flavors you have added. Thank you for sharing at FF!


  15. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you very much! πŸ™‚


  16. Linda Creation says:

    Wooooow so tempting

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  17. Sophie33 says:

    A few days ago, I was so intrigued by this creative original recipe that I had to make it! x
    Divine is the word! πŸ™‚ xxx

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  18. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you for your message, Sophie!


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