Delicate and savory Oyster Mushrooms are a delicious addition to almost any plate!
Mushrooms, garlic, and butter have a special way of complimenting one another in a pan. With a mild flavor and a delicate texture, oyster mushrooms in are fried until golden brown and smothered in delicious garlic and butter sauce.
What are Oyster Mushrooms?
Oyster mushrooms are a type of mushroom that grows on wood (not in the ground).
There are many types of oyster mushrooms – Pearl and King are a couple of the most popular. The mushrooms in these photos are pearl oyster mushrooms and form as a cluster on a large base. King oyster mushrooms are larger single mushrooms.
Common in Chinese or Japanese cooking, they are great in stir-fries or really added to almost any dish you would add other types of mushrooms to.
They have a meaty texture that is a little drier than the simple button or cremini mushrooms.
How to Prepare Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms come on a larger stalk or stem with several mushrooms sticking out from it.
Use a small knife to remove the individual mushrooms from the base. The large base stem can be discarded.
The stems of larger oyster mushrooms can be a bit tough so they can also be cut off the mushrooms. The smaller stems are fine to leave intact.
Mushrooms can be wiped with a damp paper towel or very quickly run under cold water (they absorb water so don’t rinse too much).
Ingredients & Variations
OYSTER MUSHROOMS: They are not always that easy to find in the supermarket (ask the grocer if you don’t see them), but I do often get them at the farmer’s market in the summer. Or try and grow some with an at-home mushroom kit.
Garlic Butter: The mushrooms are cooked in a very simple and small amount of sauce. A little bit of butter, some soy sauce, garlic, and olive oil. Nothing too complicated, but this dish is so flavorful.
VARIATIONS: Use shiitake or even cremini mushrooms as a substitute for the Oyster. Add your favorite savory spices or seasonings!
How to Make Fried Oyster Mushrooms
- Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp cloth if needed. Trim any woody stems.
- Heat a pan with olive oil. Toss mushrooms with soy sauce (per the recipe below) and cook until lightly browned on one side.
- Push mushrooms to the side. Add butter & garlic and cook until tender and fragrant. Add herbs if desired.
While this can be done in any kind of pan, we love the flavor and texture we get in a hot cast iron pan.
How to Store
Don’t store the mushrooms in plastic. If they are purchased in a plastic wrap or box, remove the wrap and store them in a paper bag or cover with a damp paper towel. If they are loose then the same thing applies. They will stay fresh for a few days before cooking.
Mushrooms can be reheated on a pan on the stove. Add some butter to the pan & cook until heated through.
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Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms
- 1 ½ pounds oyster mushrooms
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 clove garlic minced
- fresh parsley or herbs to taste chopped, salt, and pepper to taste
- Wipe the oyster mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt or debris if needed.
- Cut oyster mushrooms into individual mushrooms (and cut in half if they are large). Remove about ½ of the bottom stem.
- Preheat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Toss mushrooms with soy sauce and add to the skillet.
- Stir to gently coat with oil and then allow mushrooms to cook 3-4 minutes without stirring or until browned on one side. Stir and continue cooking until mushrooms are tender.
- Push the mushrooms to one side and add the butter and garlic to the pan. Cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir into the mushrooms and cook 1 minute more.
- Season with parsley, salt & pepper to taste.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)