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Deep Fried Enoki Mushrooms Recipe

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This deep-fried enoki mushrooms recipe makes the best crispy appetizers, perfect for your next gathering. You can’t go wrong with these crunchy, light treats, and they’ll have both kiddos and adults asking for more.

Deep-fried enoki mushrooms served with a lime wedge and spicy chili dipping sauce.

Pair with a dipping sauce like a store-bought chili sauce, my Thai sweet chili sauce, or an alioli garlic mayonnaise dip for a Western touch.

What is fried enoki mushrooms

Fried enoki mushrooms are a crispy appetizer or snack, best eaten with a dipping sauce. The long mushrooms are coated in a light batter of tempura flour or cornstarch, then deep-fried or pan-fried to crispy perfection. They have an addictive crunchy outer layer, and are deliciously tender on the inside.

Crispy enoki mushrooms

Crispy vegetables are super addictive and these deep-fried enoki mushrooms are no different.

Several deep-fried enoki mushrooms arranged on a black dish, with a hand squeezing fresh lime juice on top.

This crunchy, crispy mushroom snack is super delicious and only takes minutes to prepare with little mess. They’re dipped in a crispy flour batter, giving the shrooms a light and airy layer of yumminess.

Fried crispy enoki mushrooms garnished with fried shallots.
Deep-fried enoki mushrooms garnished with fried shallots.

If you’re wondering – how do I eat these? Well, you can eat them just like you’d eat fries, but they’re way better! Dip them in a delicious dipping sauce, I think a spicy sauce works best.

Fried enoki mushrooms dipped into a glass cup with spicy chili sauce.

Btw, if you’re not a fan of deep-frying, you can simply make oven-roasted enoki mushrooms. Simply season them with salt, pepper, and flavor seasoning. You can use additional seasonings as well, like garlic powder or onion powder.

5 Reasons to try this recipe

  • Oven or deep-fried: Deep-fry them, pan-fry them, or throw them in the oven, they’ll be delicious either way.
  • Quick and easy: These deep-fried enoki mushrooms are so quick and so good. No need to spend hours in the kitchen today.
  • Kid-friendly: Kids are often not so fond of vegetables, but with this crunchy coating, they’ll eat ’em than french fries!
  • Healthy-ish: Enoki mushrooms are full of vitamins and anti-cancer properties, plus they’re high in nutrition and low in calories. Let’s just forget about the deep-fried part while we’re eating these, so we can enjoy ’em guilt free.
  • Addictive: These enoki mushrooms have an addictive crunch, making each bite better than the last.

Can’t get enough of fried appetizers? Try these hot and spicy pork rinds, crunchy Thai fried bananas, or the sweet Thai corn fritters.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Bird's eye view of the recipe ingredients; enoki mushrooms, salt, flavor seasoning, ice-cold water, crispy flour, and white pepper.
  • Enoki mushrooms – These mushrooms have long stems and small button-like caps. They’re mild in flavor, making them the perfect choice for many dishes.
  • Flavor seasoning (RosDee) – RosDee is a Thai seasoning that adds extra flavor with a blend of spices and aromatics. You can find it at Asian grocery stores or online.
  • White pepper – Provides a subtle heat.
  • Salt – Enhances the flavors and brings out the natural flavors of the enoki mushrooms.
  • Crispy flour – Crispy flour like rice flour or cornstarch are flours designed to provide a light, crispy texture when deep-fried.
  • Ice-cold water – In Asian cuisines, we add ice-cold water to the batter, making it light and airy.

Cooking instructions

Note: Do not wash the mushrooms! If you do, the water will prevent them from crisping up. Simply brush off any dirt with a brush or a damp paper towel.

  1. Clean enoki mushrooms

    Instructions for preparing enoki mushrooms.

    Use a sharp knife to slice off about 1 to 1.5 inches from the bottom where the stems are clustered and ‘dirty’. This leaves you with the tender stems and caps. Slice into pieces that are fit for holding while eating.

  2. Prepare the batter

    Instructional images for making the batter.

    Combine crispy flour, white pepper, flavor seasoning, and salt in a mixing bowl. Gradually add ice-cold water while stirring. Mix thoroughly.

  3. Deep-fry mushrooms

    Enoki mushrooms fried in a wok.

    Dip the enoki mushrooms into the batter and deep-fry them until crisp. The best temperature for deep-frying enoki mushrooms is 350°F to 375°F (175°C to 190°C). Drain any excess oil and serve with a dipping sauce.

Kitchen tools

  • Paper towels or a wire rack: For draining the excess oil.
  • Cutting board and chef’s knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Whisk or fork
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs

How to serve

Arrange your enoki tempura on a plate and offer a spicy dipping sauce alongside the fried shrooms. Serve quickly to enjoy them crisp.

Tip: I paired them with a spicy som tum Thai, so good!

Optional garnishes

  • Crispy fried garlic: If you’re a fan of garlic taste, feel free to top with fried garlic.
  • Fresh lime juice: Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the fried shrooms, trust me!
  • Fried shallots: I topped the mushrooms with some golden fried shallots, yummy.

How to store

Deep-fried foods are best enjoyed fresh and usually do not store well. If you do plan on storing your leftovers, you can do so in the refrigerator. Let them cool down and place them in an airtight container, with a layer of paper towels at the bottom.

Reheating instructions: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), baking and flipping halfway until they’re hot and crisp.

fUN FACT

Enoki mushrooms are a staple in Asian cuisine such as Japanese and Korean, often used in soups, stews, and stir-fries.

Frequently ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s)

What do enoki mushrooms taste like?

This type of mushroom has a very mild flavor with a slightly fruity undertone. They’re crisp and crunchy when fresh, turning tender when they’re cooked.

Where can I buy enoki mushrooms?

Enoki mushrooms can be found online or at Asian grocery stores, and some well-stocked supermarkets. They usually come packaged in small plastic bags, bundles together.

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Deep Fried Enoki Mushrooms Recipe

Deep-fried enoki mushrooms served with a lime wedge and spicy chili dipping sauce.
These crispy enoki mushrooms can be deep-fried or oven-roasted for a healthier alternative.
Praew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Serving Size 4 people

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces enoki mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon flavor seasoning
  • 2.1 ounces crispy flour
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water

Instructions

  • Use a sharp knife to slice off about 1 to 1.5 inches from the bottom where the stems are clustered and 'dirty'. This leaves you with the tender stems and caps. Slice into pieces that are fit for holding while eating.
  • Combine crispy flour, white pepper, flavor seasoning, and salt in a mixing bowl. Gradually add ice-cold water while stirring. Mix thoroughly.
  • Dip the enoki mushrooms into the batter and deep-fry them until crisp. The best temperature for deep-frying enoki mushrooms is 350°F to 375°F (175°C to 190°C). Drain any excess oil and serve with a dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Pair with a dipping sauce like a sweet chili sauce or alioli.
  • Serve quickly to enjoy the shrooms crisp.

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