Oyster mushrooms are an incredible ingredient to cook with – whether you’re vegan or not. That’s why we’ve put together this amazing list of the best oyster mushroom recipes, that also happen to be vegan! Our favourite is this oyster mushroom stir fry (with peanut butter!) but we’ll give you a lot of ideas in this article. But first, let’s get to know oyster mushrooms a bit better.
👩🍳 What are oyster mushrooms?
To begin with, there are a number of types of oyster mushrooms. They are: king, pearl, blue, pink, golden, phoenix and black. You can find out more about the types of oyster mushrooms on the My Pure Plants blog. But basically, they are a variety of mushroom that are cultivated around the world.
We're focusing on king oyster and pearl oyster mushrooms in this list. As they're the two that are most commonly used, in my opinion. Often used in many types of Asian cuisines, but they are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways!
Pearl oyster mushrooms have very short stems and fan-shaped caps which actually resemble an oyster – which is where they get their name. Talking of names, the scientific name is pleurotus ostreatus – and they’re best eaten while young. This is when they are most commonly cooked and are at the most ‘fleshy’. Often used to replace meat in dishes to make them vegan. It’s a great wholefoods alternative that really packs in the flavour.
King oyster mushrooms, AKA pleurotus eryngii, king trumpet mushroom, eryngi or king brown mushroom, is native to Mediterranean regions, North Africa and the Middle East but also grown in some parts of Asia. They’re often used in vegan cooking to replicate scallops, but they have many other uses too!
🍄 Pearl oyster mushroom recipes
1. Oyster Mushroom Stir-Fry
2. Oyster Mushroom Lettuce Cups
3. Simple Air Fryer Oyster Mushrooms
4. Air Fried Oyster Mushrooms (chicken karrage inspired)
5. Vegan Birria Tacos
6. Vegan Philly Cheesesteak
7. Oyster Mushroom & Eggplant Burger
8. Oyster Mushroom Fajitas
9. Vegan Oyster Mushroom Po' Boy
10. Plant Based Tinga
11. Vegan Linguine Clam Sauce
12. Vegan Polenta with Roasted Oyster Mushrooms
13. Vegan Pulled Oyster Mushroom Tacos
14. Vegan Shawarma
👑 King Oyster Mushroom Recipes
15. King Oyster Mushroom Tikka Masala
16. Lemon & Thyme King Oyster Mushrooms
17. Oyster Mushroom Jerky
18. Air Fried King Oyster Mushrooms
19. Vegan Scallops and Garlic Sauce
20. Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup
21. BBQ Vegan Pulled Pork Burger
22. Vegan Scallops
It’s most important to remove plastic packaging and make sure that they’re dry. If any condensation has built up on them, dry them off with a paper towel. Mushrooms in general like a dark and moist environment but they do need to be able to breathe too. So ideally, keep them in a paper bag in a pantry or in the fridge. And they should last for around 5 days.
Basically, pearl oyster mushrooms need to be wiped with a cloth if there is any visible dirt on them. Otherwise they are ready to go. Same for king oyster mushrooms. Neither need to be washed or peeled.
If there’s any dirt on the oyster mushrooms, just wipe them clean with a paper towel or damp cloth. Like white mushrooms, or chestnut mushrooms, they shouldn’t be washed with water. That’s so they don’t take on any extra water!
So which oyster mushroom will you try first? And if you have an oyster mushroom recipe that we've missed, let us know in the comments!