Vegan Fried Oyster Mushroom

A recipe for Vegan Fried Oyster Mushroom! Crispy, light and absolutely delicious oyster mushrooms. An unexpected twist from a classic and traditional recipe to a vegan version!

Vegan Fried Oyster Mushroom
Vegan Fried Oyster Mushroom

One of my biggest goals with this blog is to show omnivores that we can reinvent many classic and traditional recipes in a new, creative, and plant- based way !

Without a doubt, for many, going vegan or vegetarian is almost impossible because they have too much love for cheese, seafood, this or that. And we don’t consider our creativity to reinvent our favorite dishes.

Fried Oyster Mushroom
Vegan Fried Oyster Mushroom

These so-called vegan “squid” are made from breaded oyster mushrooms seasoned with salt, black pepper, garlic, and paprika.

As a result, you have oyster mushrooms that are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. They’re delicious! And they are ideal as an aperitif, to have a snack with a beer or to share with friends.

And for these times of quarantine, they are perfect to be biting while you enjoy your favorite series on Netflix .

To prepare this recipe you only require a few ingredients and it will take you less than 30 minutes to make it. It can be served with freshly squeezed lemon juice, tomato sauce , vegan mayonnaise , or with pickled onion (my favorite). I’m not lying to you, oyster mushrooms are crunchy and absolutely delicious!

Vegan Fried Oyster Mushroom

Recipe by tastefullideasCourse: Appetizer Recipes, Food


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Crispy, light and absolutely delicious oyster mushrooms. 
An unexpected twist from a classic and traditional recipe to a vegan version!


  • Oil for frying

  • First Station
  • 100 g oyster mushrooms cut into strips by hand
    Pinch sea ​​salt
    Pinch black pepper
    Pinch paprika powder
    1/2 small garlic minced

  • Second Station
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened non- dairy milk
    2 tablespoons flour I used whole wheat
    ¼ teaspoon sea ​​salt

  • Third station
  • 6 tablespoons flour I used whole wheat


  • Gently toss the chopped oyster mushrooms with salt, pepper, paprika powder, and minced garlic in a mixing bowl, and set aside.
  • Combine the non-dairy milk, flour, and salt in a small bowl, mix well, and set aside.
  • Place the 6 tablespoons of flour on a plate.
  • Organize your stations side by side. Pour about 3 cm of vegetable oil into a small nonstick saucepan and heat over high heat. Insert a wooden spoon into the oil.
  • When you see oil bubbles around the spoon, turn the heat down to medium-high, the oil is ready to fry.
  • Take a piece of oyster mushroom, dip it in the liquid mixture and then cover it with flour, carefully add it to the boiling oil. Go through the same process for each piece of oyster mushroom. Do not pour all the mushrooms into the oil at once as they will stick together.
  • When they are golden brown, remove them from the oil. Place the fried oyster mushrooms on a tray with absorbent kitchen paper or a kitchen towel and cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve with the sauce of your choice, lemon wedges or with pickled onion.
    Enjoy it!

Recipe Video

Addicting fried oyster mushrooms! Seasoned crispy outer crust with a tender meaty texture inside. Serve as an appetizer at your party or game day event; or even as part of a main course as it makes a great meat substitute for fried chicken!

Fried Oyster Mushrooms in a Colander

If you never had tried vegan fried oyster mushroom, once you do you will be hooked!


You don’t have to fry them at all you can saute them and add them to any dish calling for mushrooms. I occasionally fry these mushrooms because they have a very meaty and tender texture reminding you of fried chicken so it’s makes a more natural meat substitute than using a mock meat vegan product. The are so delicious that even if you are not vegan you will find yourself craving these. I recommend using a cast iron or deep fryer for this like my stand by FryDaddy Electric Deep Fryer. Now I don’t own an air fryer at the moment and I cannot make any guarantee that it will work but you are more than free to try it out and see for yourself! (NOTE: In the comment section someone mentioned they used this recipe in their air fryer and it worked out fine so feel free to test it out for yourself!)


Oyster Mushrooms: As mentioned above vegan fried oyster mushroom texture is what makes this fried mushroom recipe delicious. Sure you can use any mushroom for frying but then you won’t get that same satisfying texture as you would with these mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms are readily available and easily found at your local Asian market. Oyster mushrooms also contain good levels of zinc, folic acid, and niacin.

Spelt Flour: Spelt flour works really well with this recipe. This works with chickpea flour too but with chickpea flour you get a more crisper thicker coating when fried and a lighter color (think of Popyees chicken texture). With Spelt flour you get a crispy but thinner coating when fried an a rich dark brown color (think of my former favorite KFC). Spelt is not a gluten free flour so it is not recommended if you have Celiac Disease. (Use chickpea flour instead).

Multiple Uses! Craving a Po boy sandwich? Use these Vegan Fried Oyster Mushrooms. Miss fried chicken? Use these Fried Oyster Mushrooms. What a meatless finger food to go with your French fries? Use these Fried Oyster Mushrooms! You get the drift!


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