A rustic and beautiful side dish, these easy Pan-Fried Oyster Mushrooms taste meaty, garlicky, and yet delicate. They’re ready in minutes, and all you need are four simple ingredients!
Easy Oyster Mushrooms Recipe
When cold weather comes around, I think a lot of us start thinking of soup, casserole, mashed potatoes… all of those kinds of comforting dishes. But let’s not forget other fall and winter favorites! Did you know that oyster mushrooms are a cold-weather classic? Yes, delicately scented and flavored, they are a perfect side dish for a crisp night, maybe alongside some skillet olive bread and a fried egg or with any of your other favorite dishes.
What Do Oyster Mushrooms Taste Like?
Delicate oyster mushrooms have a mild and almost sweet flavor that is sort of the plant kingdom’s answer to oysters. Some even go so far as to describe the taste as “fishy,” but that is a stretch in most cases. Also, these mushrooms have a meaty, slightly seafood-y taste that stands up well to frying.
Ingredients For Pan-Fried Oyster Mushrooms
- Oyster Mushrooms: Clean 1 pound of oyster mushrooms, and cut them into evenly sized pieces.
- Butter and Olive Oil: A mixture of butter and olive oil is perfect for sautéing! The butter is creamy, while the oil is full-flavored and robust.
- Garlic: Smash a couple of garlic cloves with the flat side of a chef’s knife, and peel off the papery skin (if desired; some cooks leave it on if they are not planning on eating the garlic).
- Salt and Pepper
How to Clean Oyster Mushrooms
Getting oyster mushrooms ready for the pan is so easy. All you have to do is pull the large central stem out of the cluster, and all of the individual mushrooms will fall away. From there, trim any excess tough stems off of the individual mushrooms. If any are dirty, wipe them with a damp tea towel or paper towel.
How to Cook Oyster Mushrooms
- Cook Mushrooms on One Side. Place the butter in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat, and add a swirl of good olive oil. Once the butter melts, sprinkle the mushrooms into the skillet in a single layer. Cook for 2 minutes, until golden.
- Cook Mushrooms on the Other Side. Flip the mushrooms over using a spatula. Add the smashed garlic cloves to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue cooking the mushrooms for a few minutes until they start to brown. Occasionally, baste them with spoonfuls of the butter and oil in the pan.
- Finish the Dish. Take the skillet off the heat. Taste for salt and pepper, adjust as needed, and then serve.
Tips for Success
- Wash with Caution: If your oyster mushrooms require a wash, gently wipe them with a damp paper towel. Avoid washing them, as they can soak up water and become slimy.
- Avoid Crowding: Don’t overcrowd the pan; give them space to cook evenly and get crispy edges.
- Watch the Heat: Cooking mushrooms involves cooking out the mushroom liquid and then getting a good sear. So you don’t want to cook too low because the mushrooms will simmer away in their own juice. But you also don’t want to cook too hot because they’ll burn. Adjust the heat as needed to keep your pan at a good medium temperature.
- Save the Stems: While oyster mushroom stems are too tough to bother cooking, they are great for adding some oomph to homemade vegetable stock, so go ahead and throw together your oyster mushroom stems and other veggie scraps and make some homemade broth.
- Where to Find: If your local grocery store doesn’t carry oyster mushrooms, try an Asian grocery store or market or a natural foods store.
- Vegetarian: For a vegetarian meal, combine the mushrooms with sides like mashed sweet potatoes, salad, or quinoa stuffed tomatoes for a delicious plant-based dinner.
- Steak: Mushrooms are great with juicy steak! For a simple preparation method, try this Oven Grilled Steak or my Ribeye Steak.
- Eggs: Simple Sheet Pan Eggs go perfectly with oyster mushrooms, or you can make a frittata! Easy Bacon and Spinach Frittata is a great recipe to get you started!
- Chicken: Specifically, Garlic Butter Chicken and Rice! This meal goes beautifully with pan-fried mushrooms.
- Pork: A tender Roasted Pork Tenderloin or Juicy Pork Chops would be phenomenal with these mushrooms.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
- To store leftover mushrooms, place them in airtight containers in the refrigerator. They will keep for 3 to 5 days.
- To freeze leftover mushrooms, cool them completely and then pack into freezer bags, pressing out as much air as possible before sealing. Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
- To reheat, place mushrooms in a skillet over low heat. Allow to cook until heated through, turning and stirring occasionally.
More Mushroom Recipes to Try
- Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon
- Roasted Italian Mushrooms Recipe
- Caprese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
- Roasted Mushrooms with Parmesan
Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms
- Place butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat.
- Add the mushrooms to the skillet in one layer when the butter is melted. Cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes or until golden.
- Flip over the mushrooms and add the smashed garlic to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook the mushrooms until they start to brown, continuously spooning the butter over the mushrooms as they cook.
- Remove from heat, taste for salt and pepper, and adjust accordingly.
- Gentle Cleaning: Wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth or a soft brush to remove any dirt. Avoid washing them, as they can soak up water and become slimy.
- Trim the Ends: Cut off the tough, woody base of the mushrooms.
- Tear Into Strips: Oyster mushrooms can be torn into desired size strips to ensure they cook evenly.
- Avoid Crowding: Don’t overcrowd the pan; give the mushrooms space to cook evenly and get crispy edges.
- Seasoning: Oyster mushrooms are delicate and absorb flavors well, so you can experiment with various seasonings to match your meal.
- Versatile Pairing: They are great with pasta, in stir-fries, or simply as a side dish to steak, chicken, or fish.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.