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 are fried until golden brown and smothered in delicious garlic and butter sauce.

Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms on a plate

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.

mushrooms to make Garlic Butter Oyster 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).

cutting mushrooms to make Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms

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!

cutting mushrooms to show how to make Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms

How to Make Fried Oyster Mushrooms

  1. Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp cloth if needed. Trim any woody stems.
  2. Heat a pan with olive oil. Toss mushrooms with soy sauce (per the recipe below) and cook until lightly browned on one side.
  3. 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.

addin garlic and butter to mushrooms to make Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms

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.

close up of cooked Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms


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Garlic Butter Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms are tossed in garlic butter and sauteed until perfectly golden brown.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4



  • 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.


Mushrooms will absorb water so it's best to clean them with a damp paper towel if needed. If you do have to rinse them, do so quickly.
The bottom part of the stem can be tough and should be removed.
Any fresh herbs can be added before serving.
5 from 30 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 82 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. Fantastic recipe. So simple and delicious. I was looking for a mushroom recipe for my homegrown oyster mushrooms. This did the trick. Would love to make a mushroom soup using these same flavors. ;) Wonderul!5 stars