If you’d rather skip my helpful tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe for the marinade, simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card. The how to for the mushrooms is in the wordy part of the post.
We’ve come to the point where we make a double batch of the marinade and use a little more than half of it for my Tofu Asada, and the rest of the marinade for his steak.
As we were putting the tofu in the marinade, he asked, what if you put those mushrooms in the marinade? (I think they were in his way in the fridge!) Whatever his reasoning, he’s a genius! And Mushroom Asada was born. Or is that Hongos Asada? (Asada meaning grilled or dry cooked.)
Vegan or vegetarian main dish
I love that this is a great vegan or vegetarian main that doesn’t use tofu (in case you’re trying to avoid soy) or fake meat. I marinated button mushrooms this time, but this could totally be done with one of those large portabella mushrooms and eaten on a bun as a burger.
The photo below: The raw mushrooms after marinating in Asada Marinade overnight
I took some of the button mushrooms, cut them in half and placed them in the marinade. We left them in overnight, or about 24 hours. I don’t think they needed to marinate that long, and could probably be done in an hour or two.
When I took them out of the marinade after sitting overnight in it, they looked and felt a little slippery. But either way, they turned out to be super delicious!
We placed the marinated mushroom halves in a small cast iron skillet and cooked them on the grill. This could also be done on the stove top, or, I’d even guess that the oven would work. After cooking all the liquid out of the mushrooms, and getting them a nice golden brown, we took them off the grill.
Serve them up
Mushrooms shrink quite a bit when cooked, so I didn’t even slice them; I simply put the cooked mushrooms into a tortilla with the fillings, and had one of the best tacos ever! Oh man was it good!
If you want to try some of the best tacos ever, click over here for the Asada Marinade Recipe and to read more.
Whether you put it on Mushrooms, Tofu, Fish, or Steak, it’s amazing!
Don’t forget, the specific instructions for the mushrooms are above. The marinade recipe is below.
Mushroom Asada Marinade Recipe
Carne Asada Marinade
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 4 scallions finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Juice of 1 Meyer lemon or 2 limes
- ½-3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- Mix all ingredients with a whisk or with a hand mixer with the whisk attachment until thoroughly combined.
- Place steak, fish, or tofu in a ziplock bag or a glass dish. Pour marinade over and mix so that marinade touches all areas of item to be marinated. Remove as much air as possible from the ziplock bag, and place in fridge for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
- Remove steak, swordfish, or tofu from bag and grill, and discard extra sauce. When finished cooking, place steak or swordfish on plate and cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest for about 10 minutes (tofu will not need to rest). When ready to serve, thinly slice steak across the grain of the meat.
If making carne asada, use 1 to 2 pounds skirt steak.
If making swordfish asada, use 1 to 2 pounds fish.
If making tofu asada, use 12-16 ounces, sliced
8 servings as fajita meat or 4 as main course
Because this is a marinade, the calorie evaluation is going to be off. Most of the marinade is drained off after soaking the item in it. If you use a veggie item to soak in, you can reuse the marinade, say for veggies for the meal. But, if you marinate beef, chicken, or fish in it, the extra will need to be discarded.
Adapted from The Food Network