This quick and easy Pan Fried Oyster Mushroom recipe is your chance to try oyster mushrooms. Made with just a few pantry staple ingredients including oil, garlic and herbs, the beauty of this dish is its versatility. Serve these oyster mushrooms alone for a flavorful plant-based meal, as a side with your favorite protein, or as an appetizer with some crusty bread.
Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms Recipe
Why this pan fried oyster mushroom recipe is the best:
- These oyster mushrooms are quick and easy, done in under 15 minutes! Perfect for days when you’re running short on time and want a delicious nutritious meal that the whole family will love.
- This pan fried oyster mushroom recipe is 100% vegan.
- They can be served in a variety of ways. Serve over your favorite pasta or rice to keep the meal plant-based. Serve as an appetizer with a fresh baguette or pair with your protein of choice, I’d choose steak or chicken. They would also be amazing served with risotto. THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER!
- All this simple recipe needs is oyster mushrooms and a few pantry staple ingredients like dried herbs, garlic and your favorite cooking oil.
- Besides being vegan, this recipe is also dairy free, gluten free, paleo and Whole30 compliant!
Key ingredients and equipment for making these fried oyster mushrooms:
- Cooking oil of choice – I chose coconut oil for this recipe because mushrooms are extremely absorbent and love fat! Coconut oil is packed with naturally saturated fats (the good kind), making it the perfect cooking oil for this recipe.
- Oyster mushrooms – the real star of this show. Oyster mushrooms have a mild flavor, are nutrient rich and low in carbohydrates.
- Garlic and herbs – to enhance the flavour profile of the dish. Thyme and rosemary always make a lovely combination.
- A large pan to cook the mushrooms – read about my favourite safe cookware options here
Tips and variations for this oyster mushroom recipe:
- Don’t have oyster mushrooms? You could also use king oyster, shiitake or portobello mushrooms.
- Include these oyster mushrooms in your weekly meal prep. They can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
- Switch up the herbs. Sage or chives will also pair beautifully with these pan fried oyster mushrooms.
- If you like a little heat, add a pinch (or more) of crushed red pepper flakes or your favorite spice.
- Don’t cut your oyster mushrooms too thin. In order to achieve that nice tender texture, you will need decent sized pieces. You can even tear the mushrooms with your hands!
- Cook time will depend on the size of your mushrooms.
Frequently asked questions:
Why aren’t my pan fried oyster mushrooms tender?
If you over-crowd your pan, the moisture from the mushrooms will not evaporate, but rather steam the mushrooms. Make sure to give your oyster mushrooms enough room to breathe in the pan. They need space to reach perfection!
Why are my oyster mushrooms dry/burnt?
Given the fact that mushrooms are super absorbent, they tend to absorb oil rather quickly. Don’t be afraid to add a bit more oil if your pan is looking dry, otherwise they may burn.
Can I cook my oyster mushrooms on low heat?
Cooking mushrooms on low heat will cause them to simmer in their liquid. You want to cook the oyster mushrooms at a medium heat to help get rid of any excess liquid and help them achieve that perfect tenderness and nice golden color.
Other recipes you will love:
- Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Chicken and Leek Risotto
- Easy Steak Marinade
- Honey Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
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Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms
Pan fried oyster mushrooms are an easy healthy side dish that is full of flavour and made with pantry staple ingredients. Perfect for busy weeknight meals!
Wash and dry the mushrooms and cut them into pieces
Place the oil in a pan on medium heat. Allow the oil to melt and then add the mushrooms, garlic and spices
Cook for ~8 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender
- Feel free to change the herbs on these mushrooms to give them a different flavour
- Use whatever cooking oil you like to make this dish
- Store these mushrooms in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days