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Squirrel’s Sweet & Sour Mushrooms

Sweet and Sour Crimini Mushrooms

Makes 4 servings

Amazu (Sweet and Sour Sauce):
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Mushrooms:

1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
8 ounces crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, cleaned and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon amazu

1. Make the amazu: Combine the amazu ingredients in a small saucepan and set the saucepan over low heat.  Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and cook the sauce until the sugar and salt melt (the sauce will become clear).  Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool slightly.  Allow the unused sauce to cool to room temperature before storing it.

2. Make the mushrooms: While the amazu is cooling, heat the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat.  Add the mushrooms and toss them for several minutes in the skillet/wok until they absorb the oil and start to brown.  Add the soy sauce and continue sauteing the mushrooms until most/all of the soy sauce has been absorbed and the mushrooms are cooked through.  Remove from the heat and transfer the mushrooms to a bowl.  Add 1 tablespoon of the amazu to the mushrooms and toss.  Serve with fish, tofu, rice, etc.