Matsutake Gohan

Matsutake Gohan is one of the most traditional preparations of matsutake. This is our favorite recipe for it that we have found so far.



  • 3 cups uncooked Japanese short grain rice
  • 1 oz dried matsutake mushrooms
  • 2 1/2 cups dashi
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP mirin
  • 1 TBSP sake
  • 6 sprigs Japanese parsley for garnish
  • Other garnishes of your choosing (optional)


1.Rinse the rice under running water several times until the water is almost translucent and drain well. Soak mushrooms in warm water for about 7-10 minutes. Agitate to remove any debris, and remove/ drain mushrooms. Throw away soaking water.

2. Put the rice and Seasonings in a rice cooker, and add dashi until a 3-cup line (you don't need to use all dashi). Add matsutake mushroom on top of the rice (do not mix!) and start cooking. Rice cookers these days include the soaking time; however, you can also soak rice for 15-30 minutes before cooking. Tip: Rice cooks evenly when it's not mixed with other ingredients. If you don't have a rice cooker, you can cook rice with a pot over the stove, an instant pot, or a donabe.

3. When the rice is cooked, mix it gently. Garnish with mitsuba on top before you serve.


adapted from a recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook