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Braised Chinese Mushroom instant pot recipe

Braised Chinese Mushrooms

Braised Chinese Mushroom is a traditional Chinese cuisine especially during Chinese New Year or special banquet like traditional Chinese wedding. Also, dried Chinese Shiitake mushrooms are the best to braise with oyster sauce and serve with lettuce. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
resting time 3 hours
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 36kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 12 Dried Chinese mushrooms (medium size)
  • 4 tablespoons Oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Rock sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 slices Ginger
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 head Lettuce small


  • Wash and soak dried Chinese shiitake mushrooms for 2-5 hours until its soft
  • Plug in and turn on instant pot. Then, press sauté button, add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, ginger and garlic. After that, stir fried little bit.
  • Then, add the soaked mushrooms. (Remember to squeeze the mushrooms to remove excess water) Next, add oyster sauce, salt, sugar, water and mix it little bit. After that, cover the lid, close the vent, push manual button to adjust 20 minutes (at high pressure), and natural release.
  • While waiting the mushrooms almost done, boil water in a pot. Then, add some salt and vegetable oil (1 teaspoon). Until the water is boiling, immerse lettuce into the boiling water for few seconds and remove them quickly. (Remember don’t over cook lettuce)
  • After, put cooked lettuce on a plate.
  • When the braised mushrooms are ready, pour the mushrooms over the lettuce and serve.


Cooking tips for braised Chinese mushrooms:

  • Choosing good quality (thicker and have fragrance) dried Chinese mushrooms is important for a tasty braised mushrooms dish.
  • Before cooking the mushrooms, they need to be washed and soaked in water. Normally, it takes about 2-5 hours until the mushrooms are soft.
  • Do not soak the mushrooms too long, use too hot or too cold water to soak them because it will lost its fragrance.
  • The best to soak mushrooms at room temperature water.
  • I don’t suggest to use the soaked mushrooms water to cook because it may have sand or bugs. 
  • Remember to squeeze the mushrooms to remove excess water
  • Classic Cantonese style braised Chinese mushrooms dish often serves with lettuce. Thus, remember don't over boil lettuce, just put them in boiling water for a few seconds and put them on a plate.


Serving: 8g | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg