How To Cook Hen Of The Woods?

What’s the best temperature to cook a hen of the woods?

  • Hen of the Woods is a mushroom variety with a robust earthy aroma. (Recipe Courtesy: Marc Matsumoto of the Fresh Tastes blog) Put the oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). If you have a convection oven, use the convection mode.

How do you prepare hen of the woods?


  • Brush any soil off mushrooms; cut mushrooms into 1-inch dice.
  • Melt butter with oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. When butter stops sizzling, add mushrooms; sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add shallots, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Sauté 2 minutes and serve.

What does hen of the woods taste like?

Underneath the caps, there are many small grey pores that release spores into the air to propagate. When cooked, Maitake mushrooms are succulent, semi-firm, and chewy with a woodsy, earthy, and spicy flavor.

Are hen of the woods safe to eat?

Hen of the woods grows into more of a rounded oval shape. This beasty little mushrooms usually grow to about the size of a dinner plate, but can get much larger. Luckily there are only two other mushrooms that look like hens. Both of the look alike are edible and safe to eat (though not nearly as tasty).

How long does it take for hen of the woods to grow?

If you find a hen of the woods in its infancy, mark the spot and return in a 5 to 10 days.