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Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms

This pan fried oyster mushroom recipe is a simple, delicious way to prepare oyster mushrooms or almost any fungi of your choosing.

pan fried oyster mushrooms

There are few things in life than give me greater pleasure than the combination of mushrooms, garlic, and thyme.

The flavor simply cannot be beat. When people ask me if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, this might be on the top of the list.

In this simple Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms recipe, I combined garlic and thyme with some homegrown yellow oysters, but the technique can be applied to almost any variety of mushroom: from king oysters, to maitakes, to chanterelles.

The world is quite literally your oyster (mushroom).

sprouting oyster mushrooms

To grow my mushrooms, I used a Shroom Bloom Mushroom Kit from Sharondale Farm. It was about as involved as simply cutting a slit in a burlap bag and placing it in a dish of water. To my delight, in about a week I had some baby shrooms!

growing oyster mushrooms

It really is amazing how fast mushrooms grow. Within a few days of sprouting, these beauties were ready to harvest.

Once harvested (or purchased), you’ll need to cut the mushrooms into equally sized pieces so that they’ll cook evenly.

heating olive oil

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat.

adding oyster mushrooms to skillet

Spread the mushrooms out in an even layer and let them cook, undisturbed, for 3-5 minutes until they start to brown.

browning oyster mushrooms

Give the mushrooms a toss and let them cook for another 3-5 minutes until they are browned all over.

adding butter, garlic, and thyme

Add two tablespoons of grass-fed butter or ghee to the pan along with a few smashed garlic cloves and sprigs of thyme, then lower the heat to medium low. Cook for another 5 minutes, spooning the butter over the mushrooms, until they are dark brown and almost crispy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

oyster mushrooms in scrambled eggs

I like to serve my pan fried oyster mushrooms in scrambled eggs, but they make an amazing addition to almost anything. Also, no one will judge you if you just eat them straight from the pan. Enjoy!

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Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms

This pan fried oyster mushroom recipe is a simple, delicious way to prepare oyster mushrooms or almost any fungi of your choosing.
Keyword oyster mushrooms
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces oyster mushrooms cut into evenly sized pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  • Spread the mushrooms out in a single layer in the pan. Cook, undisturbed for 3-5 minutes until they start to brown.
  • Stir the mushrooms and cook for another 3-5 minutes until browned all over.
  • Add the ghee/butter, garlic, and thyme to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Cook for another 5-6 minutes, spooning the ghee/butter over the mushrooms until they are dark brown and slightly crispy.
  • Remove the thyme springs and season the mushrooms with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
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Hannah

Monday 15th of November 2021

This recipe is one of my absolute favorite ways to cook oyster mushrooms and I’m always adding them to the top of all my vegan breakfast plates! I make this recipe frequently and it never disappoints. So crispy with simple flavors to complement those mushrooms. Can’t get enough and love to share this. Thanks, Brian!

The Sophisticated Caveman

Monday 15th of November 2021

That's so awesome to hear!! Thank you, Hannah!!

Marietta Ferreira

Monday 25th of October 2021

Quick question: Can oyster mushrooms make you feel nauseous? I made this recipe, it was so delicious I ate the whole thing myself (I only used 1tbsp fat in total, so it wasn't that I ate a lot of fat). But now I feel slightly funky - this is the first time I've had oyster mushrooms. Is a mushroom allergy normal for oyster mushrooms? Couldn't find anything concrete on Google in my quick search.

Maren

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Can’t wait to try this, I’ve got some pink oyster mushrooms growing right now but I don’t think I’ve every cooked with them before so I needed some tips, this recipe looks a lot better than some of the others that came up on google I can’t stand how most people undercook mushrooms

The Sophisticated Caveman

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Totally agree! I think the one reason why some people don't like mushrooms is that they've never had them prepared properly!

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Subbing artist

Thursday 27th of May 2021

I used this recipe for oyster mushrooms using what I had available. Subbed the fresh garlic for powdered and added chopped parsley at the end rather than a sprig of thyme. I can’t have dairy so I used bacon grease mixed with Mirin cooking wine to baste the mushrooms after they were browned. Turned out crispy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

The Sophisticated Caveman

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

Yum! I love the sub of the bacon grease/Mirin. Might have to give that a try!:)