Meaty mushrooms marinated in Jamaican Jerk Spices and roasted until they are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. You need to make these Jerk Spiced Mushrooms!
Jerk Spiced Mushrooms
This meal was a big winner for me. I love Jamaican Jerk Spiced anything, so I knew I would love this recipe as soon as the idea entered my mind. I marinated the mushrooms in a mixture of scallion, scotch bonnet, garlic, ginger, allspice, and other goodies and roasted them until they were just tender, but still had a little bite to them! I definitely recommend letting the mushrooms marinate for at least an hour, instead of immediately baking them. This really helps the flavors penetrate the thick mushrooms. If it’s summertime on your side of the world then try grilling them. Let me know how it goes!
To Portobello or Not To Portobello…
I feel like the main mushroom vegans mostly talk about is the Portobello Mushroom. For years it has been known in the vegan world as a decent substitute for meat because of its natural meaty texture. When I first made this recipe I used portobello and button mushrooms, but since then I have discovered a world of yummy mushrooms that are much meatier than the portobello.
You can use any mushroom you’d like in this recipe, but at the moment my favorite meaty mushrooms are oyster mushrooms, lion’s mane mushrooms, and king trumpet mushrooms. I suggest trying one, or all, of them in this recipe! I like to mix oyster and lion’s mane mushrooms.
Health Benefits Of This Meal
Mushrooms contain just as high an antioxidant capacity as carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins, green beans, and zucchini. Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits and vegetables but can be found in mushrooms. It plays a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body.
***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.
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- 1 heaping teaspoon fresh ginger
- ½ cup green onion
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon scotch bonnet pepper
- 2 teaspoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoons agave nectar
- juice of 1 lemon
- salt to taste
- 16 ounces baby portobellos or button mushrooms cut in quarters
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- To make the jerk marinade, place all of the ingredients EXCEPT THE MUSHROOMS in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Place the mushrooms in a large bowl and add the marinade. Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (this marinade might discolor your baking sheet). Add all of the mushrooms and marinade to the baking sheet. Make sure everything is spread evenly on the sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender but not mushy. They should still have a little firmness to them.
- Serve with a salad or rice, or both!