How To Reconstitute Dried Mushrooms

There are many ways to reconstitute dried mushrooms, but here is the easiest. For a more comprehensive method, see the video above:

1) Put the desired amount of dried mushrooms in a non-reactive bowl.

2) Pour boiling water over the dried mushrooms to cover.

3) Let sit for at least 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender.

4) Strain the mushrooms and use in recipes that call for fresh mushrooms. Reserve the water as it serves as a flavorful base for making stock.

Note: Dried wild chanterelle mushrooms reconstitute woody and tough. Accordingly, we only recommend dried chanterelles to be used in dishes that are to be pureed.

Related: How to Freeze, Can & Dehydrate Fresh Mushrooms

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32 Responses to “How To Reconstitute Dried Mushrooms”

  1. 1
    Jeffrey says:

    hi my only comments for this one is that how do mushrooms can be dried?and what for instance is the reaction (chemically)

  2. 2
    Mary says:

    Hi Justin!

    I used your suggestion to reconstitute dried sweet red peppers and shallots. This worked very well.

    Thank you,


  3. 3
    Justin Marx says:

    Great tip. Thanks, Mary! It also works for chile peppers.

  4. 4
    Holly says:

    I’d like to know how to substitute a quantity of dried mushrooms for the same quantity of fresh ones in a recipe. Like if it calls for 12 ounces fresh, how much is that dried?

  5. 5
    Justin Marx says:

    Hey Holly,

    Here’s how to convert:

  6. 6
    Kerry Shelby says:

    I didn’t know how to reconstitute dried mushrooms. Thanks for the information!! So much to read on this blog. Can’t wait to get into it…


  7. 7
    Chantel Ellison says:

    Great tip on chanterelles, Thanks!

  8. 8
    wangs says:

    Dried mushrooms can be cooked directly without rehydrating,
    Put required amount of dried mushrooms in a pan. Pour hot water as required. Put oil,salt as required and cook until half cooked. Put your favourite vegetables, pepper (chilli). Add cheese (3 scoops of spoon). Cook till your vegetable is cooked. Note: if you need the curry with soup, add water while cooking.