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Learn how to cook oyster mushrooms as well as recipes for fluffy fried king oyster mushrooms and a delicious oyster mushroom soup.

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Oyster mushroom recipe

Are you looking for the best oyster mushroom dishes to satisfy your hunger? This article includes directions on how to cook oyster mushrooms as well as recipes for fluffy fried king oyster mushrooms and a delicious oyster mushroom soup.

They’re meaty, they’re mighty, and they’re also pretty darn magical. Oyster mushrooms are a great addition to recipes that usually include proteins like pork, fish, or chicken because of their mild flavor and chewy texture.

Additionally, oyster mushrooms are a wonderful substitute for vegans who are allergic to ingredients sometimes found in meat substitutes because they are naturally free of gluten and soy. With so many ways to prepare and enjoy them, you’ll never think of mushrooms as boring again.

Types of Oyster Mushrooms

What types of oyster mushrooms are there? Oyster mushrooms come in a number of species, but the two that you’re most likely to find at the grocery store are king oyster mushrooms (also known as “trumpet mushrooms”) and tree oyster mushrooms.

Oyster mushrooms on table

Battle of the Oyster Mushrooms: King vs. Tree

King oysters have an edible stem, are thicker, and are an excellent option for vegan bacon or scallop recipes. Tree oysters are ideal for cooking as a vegan pulled “pork” or frying and have tougher stems.

Both are excellent for enhancing the flavor and texture of stir fries, soups, salads, and other plant-based dishes.

There are a few additional, less common types of oyster mushrooms that you might encounter. All of them are edible and tasty when used in vegetarian cuisine, but beware—some oyster mushroom look-alikes are toxic!

  • Pink oyster mushroom or “flamingo oyster mushroom” (Pleurotus djamor)
  • Pearl oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus)
  • Blue oyster mushroom (Pleurotus columbinus)
  • Golden oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)
  • Phoenix oyster (Pleurotus pulmonarius)

Finding pink oyster mushrooms is truly interesting because of their stunning coral-pink coloring! They are indigenous to tropical areas and thrive in hot weather.

Essentially, if you use them in cooking, you’ll find that they fade during cooking, so the final recipe won’t be as colorful as when they’re picked raw. In addition to being a little tougher than other oyster types, pink oyster mushrooms smell even more like the woods.

Oyster Mushrooms Are Good for Your Health

If you’re bringing mushrooms to the table for health, I get it! These powerful fungi are very nutritious. Oyster mushrooms are a good source of the following nutrients:

  • Protein
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Copper

Do Oyster Mushrooms Taste Like Fish?

This is the million-dollar question! Although some claim that oyster mushrooms have an oyster-like flavor, I can’t even taste any seafood flavor. They actually taste more like chicken.

The flesh of oyster mushrooms has a delicate texture and a mild, pleasingly nutty flavor. They are umami-rich, like all mushrooms, so they don’t require a lot of spice.

In my opinion, they are ideal to eat with only salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic butter.

They go well together with soy sauce in vegetable stir-fries as well.

Sliced oyster mushroom and knife

How to Prepare Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms can be prepared in a variety of ways, but the best dishes come from them being carefully prepared before cooking.

Cleaning: Oyster mushrooms grow on tree bark, so they often have little soil or debris on them. To remove any dirt, gently wipe them with a soft towel. They should not be rinsed because the delicate caps could break off or become soggy.

Trimming: The clusters are connected at the base by a short, wooden stalk. Because it’s rather chewy, it’s preferable to cut the stem off with a sharp knife.

Slicing: Slice or use your hands to separate huge caps or clusters. If they’re little, leave them whole.

Serving Ideas for Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms

The sautéed oyster mushrooms taste great as a side dish or on their own. Here are more ways to enjoy sautéed oyster mushrooms:

Make a mushroom toast: toast some garlic bread pieces, sprinkle the toasted slices with cheese, and then add some mushrooms.

Stir fry: add some vegetables and noodles for a delicious Asian stir fry.

Pasta sauce: toss the cooked pasta with the mushrooms and Parmesan cheese.

Risotto: add them to a creamy risotto or cooked farro.

Scrambled eggs: if you want a classy morning dish, lightly scramble the eggs with these mushrooms.

Polenta: warm Parmesan Polenta with mushrooms for a great vegetarian supper.

Pouring oil in pan

The Best Vegan Oyster Mushroom Recipes

Oyster mushrooms are used in dishes all across the world, from Southern comfort food to Vietnamese delicacies. Try all of these oyster mushroom recipes for an adventure of taste!

Fried Oyster Mushrooms

This fried oyster mushroom recipe for vegan “fried chicken” is simple, delicious, and ideal for any gathering.

With the correct flour and additional spice, you can make this recipe for fried oyster mushrooms gluten-free and spicy.

Vegan Pulled Oyster Mushroom Tacos

This is one of those vegan recipes with garlic butter oyster mushrooms that are perfect for serving at a large gathering or prepping for the week.

These oyster mushroom tacos are free of gluten, soy, and nuts. They have a zing from chipotle peppers and taste great with Mexican rice or refried beans on the side. Spice up your vegan life with one of the best oyster mushroom recipes you could ever imagine.

Cacio e Pepe with Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Pasta and oyster mushrooms go together perfectly. This recipe for vegan Cacio e Pepe by From My Bowl is super simple but also makes a perfect meal for a date night or special occasion.

Black Burger with Spicy Eggplant and Oyster Mushrooms

One of Quite Good Food’s top oyster mushroom burger recipes will take your burger night to the next level.

Activated charcoal gives the buns their distinctive black color, and they are easy to make ahead of time. Level up your burger night with one of the best oyster mushroom recipes you could put between two buns.

Edamame Corn Salad and Vegan “Scallops”

This original and energizing recipe from Veggiekins is deliciously gluten-free, takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and will quickly become a go-to dish!

Grilled oyster mushrooms, bright edamame, corn, and watermelon radish provide a variety of exciting textures and colors that could bring anyone out of a lunch funk!

Air Fryer Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms

These delectable air-fried garlic butter oyster mushrooms are ready in less than 30 minutes. Garlic butter oyster mushrooms are sautéed in a buttery garlic mixture loaded with incredible savory flavor!

With just a few basic ingredients, king oyster mushrooms miraculously transform into a soft, caramelized delight that’s great as a snack, starter, or side dish.

More Mushroom Recipe Ideas

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have! Don’t be scared to change up the recipe a little for your liking.

Minced garlic on table

Oyster Mushroom Recipe FAQs

Can I Eat the Whole Oyster Mushroom?

Yes. Oyster mushrooms can be consumed whole, chopped, sliced, or shredded. You might want to prepare them in different ways depending on the recipe!

Can Oyster Mushrooms Be Eaten Raw?

Although oyster mushrooms can be consumed raw without any ill effects, their uncooked flavor is a little metallic and may not be to everyone’s taste.

Are Oyster Mushrooms a Psychedelic?

No. Oyster mushrooms are edible mushrooms that have no psychedelic elements and are completely safe to consume. However, be careful if you go mushroom hunting in the wild!

Yield: 4 servings

Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms

Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms

These garlic butter oyster mushrooms are sure to become a tasty staple in your home. They are easy to prepare and nutritious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb. oyster mushrooms
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • fresh parsley or chopped herbs to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. If necessary, use a damp paper towel to wipe the oyster mushrooms clean of any dirt or debris. Individual oyster mushrooms should be sliced (and cut in half if they are large). Half of the bottom stem should be removed.
  2. A big (10–12-inch) nonstick pan should be placed on medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles and evaporates immediately upon contact, add the olive oil to the pan. Then, put the mushrooms in a single layer.
  3. Cook until one side is crisp and golden brown without turning. If the mushrooms don't fit in one layer in your pan, sauté them in two batches, using a little additional oil as needed. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper to taste and stir.
  4. Transfer the mushrooms to a serving platter. Add the butter, garlic, and parsley to the heated pan without putting it back on any heating element, and stir until the butter melts and the garlic is fragrant.
  5. Pour the garlic butter over the mushrooms and serve!

Notes

  • Mushrooms will absorb water, so it's best to clean them with a damp paper towel if needed. If you do have to rinse them, do so quickly.
  • It is best to cut off the bottom of the stem because it can be tough.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

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