Simple Buttery Oyster Mushroom Recipe

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Looking pretty in pink and other colours, oyster mushrooms have a mild flavour that’s reminiscent of seafood. To retain the taste, we use this quick and simple buttery recipe with just a few ingredients.

Oyster mushrooms taste delicious. But if you ask me, they’re just too pretty to eat! You could spend quite some time just admiring their beauty. The stemmed caps with thick meaty flesh in shades of beautiful pink look absolutely lush. (We get more of the pink one in the store over here, so we haven’t tried the white, yellow or gray mushrooms yet; but we assume they’ll taste just as delish.) I’ve heard the yellow oyster mushrooms taste just as amazing as they are pretty!

Alas, we have to cook the oyster mushrooms to eat them. But it’s a quick recipe and hardly takes any time to prepare. But before we get to the recipe, if you’ve not tried these oyster mushrooms before, here’s a bit of info about them.

What are Oyster Mushrooms?

Oyster mushrooms or Pleurotus ostreatus are a common gilled mushroom that grow on rotting wood and are eaten across the world. They don’t cause wood to rot, so they are not a parasitic fungus. What oyster mushrooms do is grow saprophytically on dying trees to help them decompose and return essential minerals to the forest ecosystem. So helpful!

Because of their meaty flesh, the mushrooms found fame in Germany during World War I when there were shortages of food. But after the war ended, people still went into the forests to pick those mushrooms and they soon found fame the world over. They’re now a food item in most parts of the planet. Oyster mushrooms or pearl mushrooms are easy to grow too. All they need is a bit of rotting wood or straw. Mushrooms are also naturally gluten-free, which is a plus. But sometimes they’re grown using rye or barley. So it’s always good to check the labels for this.

The guys at the store also tell us to always get the fresh mushrooms because they taste better and less acrid than the older oyster mushrooms. Anyways, let’s get back to how to make this simple oyster mushroom dish.

Ingredients for the Easy Buttery Oyster Mushroom dish

You just need these few ingredients for the quick and easy butter garlic oyster mushrooms!
250 grams Oyster Mushrooms
8 Cloves Garlic
3 tablespoons Butter
1 teaspoon Pepper Powder
1 teaspoon Salt

How to prepare And Cook Fresh Buttery Oyster Mushrooms

A single pink oyster mushroom on a glass plate - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
A single pink oyster mushroom

Doesn’t it look just lovely? Yep, spending some time staring at this pink oyster mushroom before we cook it!

Chop the oyster mushrooms into 1-inch sized pieces - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Chopping the oyster mushrooms

Okay, the first thing you need to do is to clean the mushrooms thoroughly. You never know what might be lurking in there. We once found a tiny black worm in it. It contrasted nicely with the pink color. Almost felt sorry for removing it. But these things happen sometimes if you buy organic, so just clean them properly first.

Don’t use too much water. It’s better to brush off the dirt with a brush and wipe dry with a towel. Use water if you need to, but remember that mushrooms are porous and absorb water quickly, so use as little water to clean them as possible.

But if you are using water remember to wash the mushrooms before cutting them. This is because mushrooms absorb water and tend to get a bit slimy after cutting. So washing them after cutting is really a bad idea.

Then dice the mushrooms into 1-inch bits, or really any sized bits that you want. You can throw out the stems since they’re a little bit tougher than the other flesh. Now leave your pearl mushrooms aside.

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Take your garlic flakes and chop them fine. Add them to a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of buttery and fry till the air smells of garlic.

Add the oyster mushrooms to the frying pan where you fried the garlic and butter - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Put the oyster mushrooms in a frying pan

Next, add the fresh oyster mushrooms in and let them cook. The oyster mushrooms lose water when they’re heated, and reduce in size quite a bit. So don’t cook them for too long.

Add more butter, pepper, and spices you like to the oyster mushrooms in the frying pan - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add butter, pepper, and spices you like

After 2 minutes, add in the pepper powder, salt, and the rest of the butter. You can also add in more spices, but we prefer to keep it simple with just the garlic and pepper powder.

The mushroom loses water and reduces to half its size - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
The mushroom loses water and reduces to half its size

Cook for about 5 more minutes and your buttery oyster mushrooms are ready for lunch or dinner. Yummy does it!

You can cook the pearl mushrooms till they’re drier if you want to use them as appetizers.

These mushrooms will go well with some turmeric rice or gluten-free chitaps. Or even better with some plain ol’ toasted bread slathered with butter.

Oyster mushroom served in black vessel and buttered bread.
Buttery Oyster Mushrooms
Buttery Oyster Mushroom is served in black kadhai.
Buttery Oyster Mushroom
Yummy oyster mushroom served in black vessel and buttered bread.

How To Prepare And Cook Dried Oyster Mushrooms

Soak the dried Oyster Mushrooms in a vessel filled with water for at least an hour.

Remember to use a lesser quantity of dried mushrooms as their weight will increase when they absorb water. e.g. approx 65 grams of dried oyster mushrooms will turn into 250 gms once it fully absorbs water.

Soak the oyster mushrooms in a water.
Dried Oyster Mushrooms soaking in water

While the mushrooms are soaking, you can chop the garlic cloves fine. Add butter to a frying pan and melt the butter, and then add in the garlic and cook until you can get good strong whiffs of burnt garlic.

Sizzling butter and garlic turned brown in a vessel.
Butter and burnt garlic

After an hour, drain the water from the mushrooms and cut them into finer pieces.

Chopped mushroom kept on the blue cutting board.
Chop the Mushrooms after soaking

Add the chopped mushrooms into the butter garlic and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add in the pepper powder, salt, and one more tablespoon of butter. Fry this for another 5 to 6 minutes.

Add mushrooms to the vessel and let it cook.
Add mushrooms to the vessel

And your butter garlic mushrooms are ready to serve! You can always taste a little to see how yum it taste;)

Easy Oyster mushroom served on a black plate.
Easy Oyster mushroom recipe
Oyster Mushrooms sautéed in garlic butter served on black plate.
Oyster Mushrooms sautéed in garlic butter

Do you like the simplicity of this recipe? How do you eat your oyster mushrooms? Do comment and let us know!

Cooking Tips and Tricks

  • You can add other spices if you want, but the oyster mushroom tastes best with minimal other ingredients.
  • Serve with a side of toasted bread that’s slathered with butter or with plain rice.
  • Or serve with some avocado paste on toast.
  • These mushrooms can be used as a topping for pasta or noodles.
  • If serving as an appetizer, serve with a green chutney dip.

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Buttery Oyster Mushroom is served in black kadhai.

Simply Delicious Oyster Mushroom Recipe

Abby
This simple and delicious oyster mushroom recipe takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and uses only a handful of ingredients.
4.42 out of 5 Stars by 12 readers!

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Fusion, Indian, Mediterranean
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

  • 250 gms Oyster Mushrooms Pearl Mushrooms (See instructions for dried mushrooms.)
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt Level, not Rounded
  • 1 tsp Pepper Powder Level, not Rounded
  • 8 Flakes Garlic

Instructions
 

  • Clean the fresh oyster mushrooms or pearl mushrooms and dice into 1-inch squares. Leave aside.
  • Note: If using dried oyster mushrooms, soak them for an hour in water first. Use about 1/4th the quantity. For example, approx 65 grams of dried oyster mushrooms will turn into 250 gms once it fully absorbs water.
  • Chop the garlic cloves fine.
  • In a frying pan, heat the garlic with 2 tablespoons butter till you can get good strong whiffs of the garlic.
  • Add in the chopped mushrooms and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. (The mushrooms will lose water at this stage.)
  • Next, add in the pepper powder, salt and the last tablespoon of butter. Fry for another 5 to 6 minutes. And your butter garlic mushrooms are ready to serve!

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Notes

  1. You can add other spices if you want, but the oyster mushroom tastes best with minimal other ingredients.
  2. Serve with a side of toasted bread or really anything else.
  3. Serve with a side of toasted bread that’s slathered with butter or with plain rice.
  4. If serving as an appetizer, serve with a green chutney dip.
Pinterest images of yummy oyster mushroom served in black vessel and buttered bread.
Pic of a fresh oyster mushroom on a white plate and the finished delicious oyster mushrooms in the frying pan for a Pinterest image - By Abby from TheWingedFork
Pic of oyster mushroom on a white plate and oyster mushrooms in a frying pan for a Pinterest image depicting recipe of buttery oyster mushrooms
Pinterest images of oyster mushrooms sautéed in garlic butter served on black plate.
Pinterest images of buttery oyster mushrooms served on black plate.

9 thoughts on “Simple Buttery Oyster Mushroom Recipe”

  1. I thought the photo I clicked on was the finished product. What a noob. Then I realised we have to cut it. Took lesser time than mentioned. Taste was good.4 stars

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  2. One teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon of pepper for 250 grams (1.06 cups) of mushrooms???? My family doctor would freak over this. Good lord that is a lot of salt! I cut both the salt and pepper way back and I think it was still too salty. I’d say a pinch of salt and pepper, or salt and pepper to taste. Good recipe otherwise.3 stars

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    • Hi MoxieHoxie,
      The recipe calls for 250 grams of oyster mushrooms. That’s not 1 cup but 2.5 cups of sliced or chopped fresh mushrooms. Perhaps you could try the recipe again with the right measurements and let us know if you liked it? For this amount of mushrooms, a level teaspoon or salt or pepper is just right. Of course, if you’d like it to be less salty or peppery, please adjust as needed. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
      Abby

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