Pan-fried king oyster mushrooms（香煎杏鲍菇) are a great accompaniment to almost any meal. These mushrooms have a hearty taste and meaty texture that can stand up to any protein or vegetable. The pan-fried king oyster mushrooms is a versatile ingredient that can be used in several dishes, from stir-fry to soups.
If you are familiar with mushrooms of any kind, you probably heard about the king oyster mushroom's nickname "vegan scallops". The king oyster mushroom is a type of oyster mushroom with a thick, firm, and fresh texture. Usually found in the wild, there are now indoor varieties as well. They have a similar taste to meat, and they can be used as an alternative to meat in a variety of recipes. In vegan's and vegetarians 'diets, mushroom are a great addition.
What is the King Oyster Mushroom taste like?
Oyster mushrooms have a flavor that is like lobster, but they are grown on logs, not in the ocean. They have a chewy texture and are relatively low in calories and fat compared to other types of mushrooms.
These mushrooms have a very distinctive flavor, which is often described as woody or woodsy. They have a strong umami taste that works well with other strong flavors such as grilled meat or fish. Whenever we have BBQ in our family, we always throw in lots of mushrooms on the grill as well along with the meat.
They have a slightly chewy texture and a milder flavor than a portobello, which makes them perfect in recipes where you want a mushroom that stands up to the other ingredients.
How To Cut Oyster Mushrooms?
You can cut the king oyster mushrooms in a ring shape or slice them.
Ring Shape: Cut the king oyster mushrooms’ thick stalks into round rings, like scallops. To do this, remove the stem at the top of the mushroom with a knife. Cut vertically through the stem until you reach the tip of the cap. Then cut down towards the bottom of the mushroom. Repeat this process until all your mushrooms are in rings.
Slice them: The sturdy shape and texture of king oyster mushrooms also make them interesting to experiment with. The king oyster mushrooms can be cut into slices to pan-fry; this is what we are going to do today😊
Cut off and discard the stem end of the mushrooms. Remove any dirty or damaged spots and cut off any very thin or rotten parts of the bottom of the caps.
Slice the thick stalks of mushrooms into slices. Be sure to clean them before slicing and cooking.
Remember to cut them into slices of equal size. This will ensure they cook evenly and don't burn while frying. You can cut them using a knife or a mandolin slicer. You can even use an egg slicer and cut them into thin slices.
If you're going to use the mushrooms for stuffing, you should cut them into small cubes instead of thin slices because it makes it easier to stuff them inside other ingredients.
How to Pan Fry King Oyster Mushrooms:
Pan-fried oyster mushrooms are one of my favorite ways to prepare this fungus. Also, these oyster mushrooms are the perfect size for pan frying or roasting. Their lightly crispy texture provides a rich flavor that pairs well with other foods.
The best way to cook oysters is by pan-frying them until browned on both sides and then adding them to your favorite stir-fry dish. You can cut some cross lines on one side of the king oyster mushroom, so it looks more presentable. However, I like them just sliced and not with the additional crosscut. I found the best way is simply seasoning this dish with salt and pepper😊
King oyster mushrooms are a great addition to any dish, especially since this recipe is quick and easy to prepare. You will absolutely love this recipe if you are as big of a mushroom lover as I am.
Pan-Fried King Oyster Mushrooms
- 4 king oyster mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
- green onions sliced (for garnish, optional)
- red chili sliced (for garnish, optional)
- Heat cooking oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat, and add the mushrooms slices, making sure you do not crowd the pan.
- Toss them in a sizzling hot pan with oil. Stir fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides.
- Season mushrooms with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer to a warmed serving dish and serve.
- Sprinkle with green onion and red chili slices, enjoy!