Pan-Fried Oyster Mushroom Recipe You Can Make In Just 7 Steps

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Quick Steps Overview: Pan-Fried Oyster Mushroom Recipe

  1. Set up the cooking station
  2. Add butter to a skillet
  3. Add mushrooms
  4. Flip the mushrooms
  5. Season and cook
  6. Remove from heat 
  7. Adjust seasoning and serve

    Have you ever wanted to try something new but didn’t because it would just be too much effort? 

    Then here’s what you need- Oyster Mushrooms! A star in the veggie society, not only are oyster mushrooms a great replacement for your boring old button mushrooms, but they are also ridiculously easy and quick to cook. Read on to discover some oyster mushroom recipes that will help spruce up your dinner with little work and full-on joy! 

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    1. What Are Oyster Mushrooms?

    Before we get to the recipe, let’s get to know oyster mushrooms a little bit better. These delicate mushrooms have an almost sweet flavor with a slightly seafood-y taste (the name makes sense now, doesn’t it?) and have meaty texture that is a little drier than button or cremini mushrooms. They also stand up well to frying, so you can put it on the pan or into an air fryer. 

    While there are many types of mushrooms, pearl oyster mushrooms and king oysters are the most popular. What you need to know about them is that pearl oyster mushrooms form as a cluster of a large base and king oysters are the larger single mushrooms that you sometimes spot at your local grocery store. 

    It can be more difficult to find oyster mushrooms but trust me, they are worth the effort. They taste great all by themselves or make for a great side dish with steak, roasts, soup, and stew. You can also sautee a few oyster mushrooms and add them to your pasta or fried rice to change it up a little. Stuffed mushrooms and oyster mushroom pate also make for a great starter. They also pair well with juicy pork chops.

    2. How To Prepare Oyster Mushrooms? 

    At your local grocery store, you might find oyster mushrooms that come on a larger stalk or stem with several mushrooms sticking out from it or you might find big individual oyster mushrooms.

    If you find the former, use a sharp knife to remove the individual mushrooms from the base. The large base can be discarded. Remember, that the stems of larger oyster mushrooms can be a bit tough so you can also cut that off. The small stems are fine to leave intact. 

    To clean oyster mushrooms, wipe them down with a damp paper towel or very quickly run them under cold water. They absorb too much water so don’t rinse them too much. 

    3. Tools You Will Need To Cook Oyster Mushrooms

    Oyster mushrooms are very easy to cook and require some basic pantry staples but with the right tools, you can make the prep a breeze as well. Here’s what you’re going to need: 

    1. Cutting Board: A sturdy cutting board will help you prep hassle-free, with little to no mess.

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      2. Sharp Knife: Oyster mushrooms have tough stems. To be able to separate the mushrooms from the base with speed, precision, and minimal effort, you are going to need a razor-sharp utility or any other short blade knife. 

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        Here’s a knife that is a great addition to your kitchen arsenal. The scalpel-like sharpness of the blade allows you to prep smaller vegetables like mushrooms and even fruits with ease and comfort. 


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        • The narrow blade of this knife does now allow you to scoop and transfer the food from the cutting board to the pan or the plate. In that can you can go for a wider bladed knife. 
        3. Saute Pan: Whether you want to cook up some creamy mushroom pasta or saute some oyster mushrooms to go with your steak, this pan is designed to cook anything you place in it evenly and quickly.

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          4. Apron: It is always a great idea to keep an apron around to save yourself from unwanted kitchen splatters. 

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            4. Recipe: Pan-fried Oyster Mushrooms

            Prep Time: 5 Mins
            Cook Time:
            10 Mins
            15 Mins
            Servings: 4


            • 1 pound Oyster Mushrooms (cleaned and cut evenly)
            • 2 tablespoons Butter (or Garlic Butter)
            • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
            • 2 Garlic cloves (smashed) 
            • Salt to taste
            • Black Pepper to taste

              Cooking Instructions:

              1. Set up the cooking station. Gather all the tools and ingredients mentioned above before you get started. Clean oyster mushrooms before cooking them.
              2. Add butter to a skillet. Place butter and olive oil in a skillet that is set over medium-high heat.
              3. Add mushrooms. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms to the skillet in one single layer. Cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes, or until golden.
              4. Flip the mushrooms. Flip over the mushrooms and add the smashed garlic cloves to the skillet.
              5. Season and cook. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Continue cooking the mushrooms until they start to brown.
              6. Remove from heat. Once the mushrooms are golden-brown from both sides, remove the pan from heat.
              7. Adjust seasoning and serve! Adjust salt and black pepper to taste, and adjust accordingly. Enjoy pan-fried oyster mushrooms as is or serve as a side with your favorite dish.

                5. Nutritional Value

                It is a little-known fact that oyster mushrooms are commonly used in traditional medicine because they have a lot of health benefits. From healthy fiber and protein to antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, oyster mushrooms are good for your heart, gut,  immune system, and more. 

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                6. How To Store Oyster Mushrooms?

                • To store leftover crispy fried oyster mushrooms, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for 3 to 5 days. 
                • To freeze leftover mushrooms, cool them completely and then pack them into freezer bags. Press out as much air as possible before sealing. You can now freeze these for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 
                • To reheat oyster mushrooms, Place mushrooms in a skillet over low heat. Allow them to cook until heated through, turning and stirring occasionally. 

                  7. Serving Suggestions

                  This is a super versatile side dish that pairs magically with almost anything. For a vegetarian meal, you can pair these mushrooms with a potato recipe like mashed potatoes, salad, or quinoa for a delicious plant-based dinner. For a healthier version of oyster mushrooms, you can also use the air fryer  for some crispy fried oyster mushrooms. Some other great dishes that pair well with oyster mushroom recipes are

                  • Eggs: Simple fried or scrambled eggs go perfectly with pan-fried oyster mushrooms. You can also make an easy bacon and cheese frittata to go with the mushrooms. 
                  • Steak: Mushrooms or even stuffed mushrooms and juicy steak go hand in hand. You can top this with garlic-pepper sauce or any other sauce you like. 
                  • Chicken: Garlic and thyme butter chicken or chicken fried rice with flavorful spice mixes also pair very well with this side. 
                  • Pork: A tender roasted pork tenderloin or juicy pork chops go phenomenally well with these mushrooms. 
                  • Mushroom Soup: Oyster mushroom soup is also another great way to enjoy these mushrooms.
                  • Spices: You can also steer away from the garlic and thyme seasoning and throw in some spice mixes to add a boost of flavor.  
                  • Stir Fry: You can also replace button mushrooms with oyster mushrooms in a stir fry, soup, and stew to make it healthier.   Burgers: Oyster mushroom pate is also a great way to make burgers healthy, guilt-free, and delicious.  

                  8. Frequently Asked Questions

                  What does oyster mushroom do for the body?

                  Oyster mushrooms are a popular type of mushroom linked to several health benefits. Other than being highly nutritious and super popular in the veggie society, they may also promote heart and immune system health, encourage healthy blood sugar control, and provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. 

                  Is an oyster mushroom a psychedelic?

                  Blue oyster mushrooms are an edible type of pearl oyster mushrooms. They have a large blue cap and grayish gills that connect the stem and cap and are easy to identify. They are culinary mushrooms with no psychoactive effect and are enjoyed worldwide. 

                  Is the oyster mushroom toxic?

                  Oyster mushrooms are generally regarded as safe to eat and are grown and sold commercially. 

                  Which oyster mushroom is the tastiest?

                  One of the better-tasting types of mushrooms out there is the Golden Oyster Mushroom. With the help of some basic pantry staples, they are very easy to cook.

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                  Written by Himani Vaid
                  Toronto-based food nerd turned food storyteller, Himani is a connoisseur of all things delish. Currently, busy thinking about what to eat next.

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