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Spicy Cumin Lion's Mane Mushrooms

When you combine cumin and chili powder into a dish, it creates a wonderfully spicy and savory flavor that makes these lion's mane mushrooms a delight as appetizers or snacks.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Alliumfree, mushrooms
Servings: 2
Author: woonheng


  • 16 oz fresh lion's mane mushrooms
  • sugar
  • water
  • cooking oil


  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons water

Spice Mix

  • ½ tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder plus extra for topping
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder plus extra for topping
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus extra for topping
  • ½ teaspoon mushrooms seasoning


  • Gently clean mushrooms with a brush, then cut off any tough parts from the stems, if any. Next, use your fingers to tear mushrooms into larger than bite-sized pieces.
  • Fill a large pot or pan with water (about 6-8 cups depending on the pan size) and bring it to a boil. Then, add ½ teaspoon of sugar into the hot water.
  • Add mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes until slightly tender. Cooking time may be shorter for smaller mushrooms pieces.
  • Drain out the water. Once cooled, using your palms, gently squeeze mushrooms to remove all the liquid and transfer to a bowl.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together flour and water into a thin paste, set aside.
  • Rub mushrooms with cumin seeds, cumin powder, chili powder, salt, and mushrooms seasoning until all mushrooms are coated. [Increase the salt if you plan to serve this as-is]
  • Add the batter and sesame seeds, then use your fingers to coat the mushrooms until well combined.
  • Thread a few pieces of mushrooms (about 4) onto the skewer. Repeat until all mushrooms are done. (I got about 9 skewers)
  • Set a large shallow pan (big enough to fit the skewer) over medium-low heat. Cover the bottom with a thin layer of oil (see video or picture above for reference).
  • Carefully lower the skewer onto the hot oil.
  • Cook until all sides turn golden brown and a thin crust forms, turning occasionally. Please make sure to maintain a light sizzle over medium-low heat and fully cook through the mushrooms.
  • To prepare another spice mix for topping, combine 1 tablespoon of cumin powder and chili powder with ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  • Sprinkle onto the cooked mushrooms before serving. Alternatively, serve the skewers with chili oil and sediment for a spicier kick.



  • Chili powder - I used Sichuan chili powder.