How to grow your own mushrooms for eating

This week on D is for Dinner, Shelly Lambert visits All in a Day to discuss how to grow your own mushrooms for eating. We focus on the beginner mushroom: oyster mushrooms.

Shelly Lambert visits All in a Day to discuss how to grow your own mushrooms

This week’s D is for Dinner teaches us how to grow our own mushrooms for eating, courtesy of Shelly Lambert, who speaks to Alan Neal on CBC Radio’s All in a Day.

Shelly Lambert is holding a workshop on how to grow your own mushrooms for eating and shares her own soup dish. (Photo supplied by Shelly Lambert)
Lambert says mushrooms mostly rely on water and they require oxygen, so they are more like humans than plants. They also require shade like a forest, so the prime spot for growing your own mushrooms is under a deck because outdoor cultivation is always easier.

Lambert brought in a soup dish using mushrooms. Here is the recipe with a note at the bottom on how to make your own mushroom broth.

Hot and sour mushroom soup


  • 10 cups of your favourite broth (vegetable, chicken or mushroom — see at bottom).
  • 4 tbsp lemongrass, loosely chopped.
  • 2 tbsp galangal (or ginger), sliced.
  • 4 lime leaves.
  • 1-2 red chili peppers.
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced (She used 1 cup shiitake, 1 cup oyster).
  • 2 tree ear mushrooms, thinly sliced.
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped.
  • Handful of enoki mushrooms, whole or cut into 2" lengths.
  • Handful of chopped cilantro.
  • 1/3 cup lime juice.


  • Bring to boil the broth, lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves and 1/2 of the chili peppers that you are using (you will add the other half thinly sliced at the end of the soup making process). 
  • Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes, then strain. 
  • Add the sliced mushrooms to the strained broth, continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Turn off the heat and add the remaining chili pepper, green onion, enoki mushrooms, cilantro and lime juice.

Easy mushroom broth

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of woody stems from fresh mushrooms.
  • 1-2 cups chopped stock vegetables (onion, garlic, carrot, celery).
  • 2 tbsp dried mushroom pieces (reishi, turkey tail, oyster, porcini, etc).
  • Let all the ingredients simmer together in 10-12 cups of water for about an hour.

Lambert will hold a workshop this Saturday with Lukasz Wozniak in partnership with Just Food.