Japanese Mushroom Rice (Kinoko Gohan)

Are you looking for a flavorful and comforting dish to add to your recipe repertoire? Look no further than Japanese Mushroom Rice, also known as Kinoko Gohan. This dish is a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy the earthy flavors of mushrooms combined with the simplicity of rice. In this blog post, we will explore the ingredients and steps needed to create this traditional Japanese dish, perfect for a cozy night in or as a side dish for a special meal. Let’s dive in and learn how to make this delicious Japanese Mushroom Rice!


  • 2 cups Japanese short-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup assorted Japanese mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, shimeji)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Wash the rice in a bowl until the water runs clear. Drain the rice and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Add the rice to the saucepan and stir to combine. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes.
  4. While the rice is cooking, clean the mushrooms and slice them thinly.
  5. After 15 minutes, add the mushrooms to the rice and stir gently. Cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit, covered, for another 10 minutes to steam.
  7. Fluff the rice with a fork and garnish with sliced green onions before serving.


  • For a richer flavor, you can use dashi stock instead of water.
  • Feel free to add other ingredients like tofu, carrots, or peas for a more colorful dish.
  • Make sure to use Japanese short-grain rice for the perfect texture.

Enjoy your delicious Japanese Mushroom Rice (Kinoko Gohan)!