Fried Oyster Mushrooms make a surprisingly tasty side dish or snack. This recipe doesn't need anything fancy. Pearl oyster mushrooms are flavored only with butter, salt and black pepper, yet the result is ADDICTIVE!
If you love this unique type of mushroom, you might want to see our delicious oyster mushroom recipes like oven roasted oyster mushrooms, sauteed oyster mushrooms and oyster mushroom soup. These are all completely vegan and as delicious as this fried version.
Have you ever tasted fried oyster mushrooms? You are missing a lot if you haven't. They have a meaty texture and an earthy flavor. So these make a great appetizer option both for those who love vegetarian recipes and for meat lovers. Use them in pasta recipes like our creamy oyster mushroom pasta or eat them as a snack paired with cold beer. This is absolutely our favorite oyster mushroom recipe.
What Are Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms are common edible mushrooms. Unlike the name suggests, these mushrooms are found on land. Their shape looks like an oyster, that’s why they are called oyster mushrooms. There are 6 common types of oyster mushrooms:
- Blue oyster mushrooms
- Pearl oysters
- Pink oyster
- Golden oyster
- King oysters
- Phoenix oyster
They all have a great meaty texture like shiitake mushrooms and a delicate flavor, so you can use them in different ways. They go well in sandwiches, pastas and soups. You can even make mushroom steaks with these on a grill.
These mushrooms are easy to grow, so you can find them almost everywhere in the world. You need to check some particular trees like oak, maple, elm also known as hardwoods. The best time for wild oyster mushrooms is anytime from spring to fall.
Oyster mushroom has several other names such as Indian oyster, phoenix mushroom, lung oyster and its Latin name is pleurotus pulmonarius. No matter what they are named, oyster mushrooms have an irresistible flavor. This makes them waaaay tastier than white button mushrooms.
These mushrooms are one of those low-calorie foods with high nutrients. They are known as natural antioxidants, so good for body cells. Plus, these mushrooms have cholesterol lowering effects. Grilling them is a great idea if you want to avoid frying for health issues. They are as tasty when grilled.
We discovered grey oyster mushrooms a few years ago at our local grocery store. They were like flowers with their layers. We were tempted by these cute fresh mushrooms. The seller gave us the recipe too! “Melt a little butter, fry the mushrooms and sprinkle a pinch of salt. Enjoy!” he said. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
Why We Like This Recipe
- It is simple. You need just a few ingredients and they are easy to substitute.
- It is not messy like other mushroom frying methods. These mushrooms are pan fried as they are until golden brown. You don’t need any frying batter because the mushrooms aren’t deep-fried in this recipe, which makes it much easier.
- It is ready in a few minutes. You can make it quickly right before serving.
- It is a great way to cook oyster mushrooms. You can make your own creations by combining these with any dish from simple scrambled eggs to stews or pizzas.
- They make a great keto snack or appetizer.
This is a super easy recipe that calls for just a few ingredients:
Fresh Oyster Mushrooms: We definitely need them fresh for this recipe, so don't try it with dried mushrooms. You can use any type from grey to pink, yellow or blue. How do you know when oyster mushrooms are bad? They become slimy, have a darker color and smell bad when they go bad.
Butter: We prefer butter because we love the flavor of it with mushrooms. But if you want a vegan recipe, you can definitely use tablespoons of olive oil or sesame oil instead.
Garlic: As in many recipes, garlic makes an amazing addition to the final flavor of the dish. We prefer them with their skin as it is better when frying the mushrooms in batches. We just crush them right before adding them into the hot pan.
Green onions: These are totally optional. You can use any herb you like. Parsley or thyme could be nice alternatives.
Spices: We want to keep it simple, so use only salt and pepper when frying them. And we sometimes sprinkle crushed chili pepper just when serving. You can use any spice you like with mushrooms.
How to Make
First prepare oyster mushrooms: The first thing you should know about this step is that you shouldn't wash or rinse mushrooms. You just need to clean them with a slightly damp paper towel. If you wash the mushrooms under water, they release too much water when you cook them, which is not something desired. After cleaning them, cut them into bite size. You can either remove their thick rubbery stems or leave them.
Second, fry the prepared oyster mushrooms in batches: To do this, melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the mushroom pieces in the hot skillet in a single layer. Cook them until golden and flip them over. Add in crushed garlic cloves with their skin, chopped green onions, salt and pepper. Cook that side until golden too. Shake the skillet often and reduce the heat when it is needed until golden. Transfer them in a bowl and repeat the same steps for the remaining mushrooms.
Finally, serve immediately. They are great as a snack on their own or as a side with dishes like easy oven baked chicken pieces.
You can easily adjust this recipe to make it vegan. I love the combination of butter and mushroom flavors, so I make it with butter. However, olive oil works fine too. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and fry the mushrooms in batches. Add extra olive oil when needed.
Yes, you can. King oyster mushrooms are the largest species of oyster mushrooms, so you will probably need to fry them longer. Just check whether they are tender enough before removing them all from heat. You don’t need to cut the stems of these mushrooms, just trimming off the very end of their stem is enough.
The best thing about king oyster mushrooms is that they don’t lose their shape when cooked, so they have a nice and tempting look.
No, it is safe to eat them. And you can easily identify them thanks to their unique shape. Read more >>A Guide About wild Mushrooms.
Well, no. Raw mushrooms taste like nothing. Their amazing flavor comes out when cooked.
Yes, you can. It's better to freeze them after they are cooked. Cook them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and then transfer them into a large bowl of cold water. Put in freezer bags to keep them in the freezer. You can use these frozen mushrooms in soups, scrambled eggs or rice pilaf.
Yes, they can be dehydrated. Use a dehydrator for this and store them in jars when they are completely dry. When you want to use them, cook them in boiling water for a few minutes so that the mushrooms get tender. Almost all the flavor is in the broth now. Use it in soups or stews along with the mushrooms. You will see the flavor from dried mushrooms is much better than the fresh.
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Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms fried with butter in a skillet. Simple and easy yet so tasty!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Frying
- Cuisine: Turkish
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1pound (450g) oyster mushrooms, layers divided or cut into large pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed unpeeled
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Salt to taste
- A pinch of black pepper
- Prepare the mushrooms. Clean them with a slightly damp paper paper towel. Cut them in bite size. You can either remove their thick rubbery stems or leave them.
Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the mushroom pieces in the hot skillet in a single layer. Cook them until golden and flip them over.
Add in crushed garlic cloves with their skin, chopped green onions, salt and pepper. Cook that side until golden too.
Shake the skillet often and reduce the heat when it is needed until golden. Transfer them in a bowl and repeat the same steps for the remaining mushrooms.
- You shouldn't wash or rinse mushrooms. You just need to clean them with a slightly damp paper towel. If you wash the mushrooms under water, they release too much water when you cook them, which is not something desired.
- You can either remove the thick stems or leave them. We cook them both ways. The stems are rubbery and chewy, but we are not that bothered.
- Don't overload the pan. Fry the mushrooms in batches. Otherwise, they will be steamed.
- It's not a good idea to make them ahead of time. They lose their nice texture as they sit, so the best thing is to fry them right before serving.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 204
- Sugar: 5.1 g
- Sodium: 663.1 mg
- Fat: 7.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 28.6 g
- Protein: 15 g
- Cholesterol: 15.3 mg
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