Serves 2-4
Preparation time:
10 minutes + marinating
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

2tbsp brown sugar
3tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp mirin, sake or rice wine
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3tbsp spring onion, while part only, finely chopped
1tbsp ginger, freshly minced or good store-bought prepared
2tsp toasted sesame oil
4 fresh Portobello (big brown) mushrooms, cleaned
1 cup good-quality mayonnaise
1-2tbsp best-quality kimchi, chopped (see below)


  1. In a large ziplock bag, combine the sugar, soy, mirin, garlic, spring onion, ginger and sesame oil. Shake to combine, add the mushrooms and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise and kimchi. Refrigerate.
  3. Grill the mushrooms on a medium-hot braai, turning once, about 10 minutes. Serve each “steak” with a dollop of kimchi mayonnaise on top.

What is kimchi?

Kimchi is a delicious Korean spicy vegetable pickle – most often made from cabbage. It has a unique, bright, fresh flavour and tingling spiciness that will makes these mushroom steaks absolutely zing! Find it in the fridges at good supermarkets, delis and health food shops, or make your own.

* Not your thing? Replace with any chilli sauce you like.