Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry

If you’re looking to add more veggies into your diet without comprising good flavors, try this Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry! 

This dish is spicy, tasty and 100% vegan. Feel free to use any kind of veggies to complement the oyster mushrooms and make this dish exactly how you like! I usually eat this as a main dish with a bowl of rice but this would be great as a side dish too.

What is Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry?

Oyster mushroom stir fry is a simple, light, and balanced dish that is quick and very easy to make. As the name suggests, the star of this dish is oyster mushrooms. This stir fry is characterized by that nice garlicky aroma, slight saltiness and umami flavor from the soy sauce, plus a touch of sweetness and a bit of spiciness. 

When all these different delightful flavors are combined, they further bring out the freshness of the oyster mushrooms, making this an incredibly satisfying and delicious stir fry dish.

As a vegan dish, the oyster mushroom makes the perfect meat substitute because of its texture. They are a bit chewy and are excellent at absorbing the different flavors from the seasonings and ingredients in this dish. 

So if you want a healthy Asian-inspired meal that your family will love, give this oyster mushroom stir fry a try!

How to Make Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry

Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry is pretty versatile. You can include any other vegetables you like including peppers, mushrooms, celery, and more! If you haven’t tried this before, simply follow my step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Prepare the mushrooms.

Clean the mushrooms then cut them in half lengthwise. Place each piece flat side down and score them lengthwise. Make sure to keep the slices deep without cutting them all the way through. Next, make perpendicular cuts across the lengthwise slices and score them without slicing them completely. 

After scoring the mushrooms, cut them into smaller, bite-sized pieces that are about 1 to 1 ½ inches.

Step 2: Prepare the vegetables.

Peel the ginger and cut into thin slices. You can cut a 1-inch piece of ginger into 6 to 8 slices.

Next, thinly slice the garlic cloves and dice your red onion. You can add any vegetable you like to this dish, but in this recipe, I only added celery stalks. I personally like the crunch that celery adds to this dish. Cut the celery into ¼ inch slices as well.

Step 3: Cook the mushrooms. 

After the vegetables and aromatics are prepped, heat up 3 tablespoons of oil in your wok or pot over high heat. Traditional Chinese cooking uses a wok for stir fry dishes, but you can also use a pot or a non-stick skillet to cook this dish. 

When the wok is hot, toss in your oyster mushrooms and cook them until you see a golden brown sear on both sides. 

It may take about 3 to 4 minutes to cook the mushrooms until they’re tender. Once done, remove them from the heat and transfer them into a bowl. Set aside.

Step 4. Cook the vegetables.

In the same wok, reduce the heat to medium and add a tablespoon of oil. Starting with the aromatics, cook the ginger for about a minute, and then drop in your sliced garlic. 

Once they are fragrant, toss in your diced red onion and sliced celery. Stir fry all the ingredients for another 2 minutes. 

Step 5. Add the sauce.

After stir-frying your vegetables, lower the heat and add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the spicy bean sauce. Make sure to mix them well to evenly spread the sauce. 

Step 6: Stir in the mushrooms.

When your vegetables are well incorporated with the bean sauce, it’s time to drop the cooked oyster mushrooms you’ve set aside. 

Next, add the soy sauce, sugar, and green peppers. Stir fry for another 2 minutes, making sure that the sauce and the seasonings are evenly combined with the other ingredients. 

Step 7: Serve hot!

Once done, serve it hot with a bowl of fresh white rice. Even if you’re not on a plant-based diet, I’m sure you will enjoy this oyster mushroom stir fry dish!

Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry

This oyster mushroom and vegetable stir fry is healthy, delicious, and vegan!
Servings 2 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb oyster mushrooms
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 long green peppers de-seeded and sliced
  • 1.5 tbsp spicy bean sauce doubanjiang
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp oil

Instructions

  • Cut the mushrooms in half lengthwise and place them cut side down.
  • Score the mushrooms lengthwise without cutting all the way through.
  • Turn the mushrooms 90 degrees so they're horizontal. Cut the mushrooms from top to bottom without cutting all the way through.
  • After scoring the mushrooms on both angles, cut them into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Peel and slice the ginger into 6-8 slices.
  • Thinly slice the garlic cloves with your knife (or mandoline)
  • Dice 1/2 red onion and chop the celery stalks into bite sized pieces.
  • In a pot, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over high heat. Toss in the mushrooms and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  • Cook mushrooms until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside in a bowl.
  • In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the ginger and cook for about 1 minute, followed by the sliced garlic.
  • Toss in the red onion and celery. Stir fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add 1.5 tablespoons of the spicy bean sauce. Mix well.
  • Stir in the mushrooms. Season with soy sauce and sugar. Add the green peppers and stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve with rice and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Adjust the spice level according to the amount of spicy bean sauce and peppers you use.
  2. The spicy bean sauce can be found in most Asian supermarkets. 
  3. Feel free to use any kind of vegetables that you like! Some of the best ideas include leeks, bell peppers, baby corn, cabbage, spinach, bok choy, carrots, and snow peas.
  4. You can easily substitute oyster mushrooms with shiitake or king oyster mushrooms. 
  5. If you have leftovers, you can keep them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Final Thoughts 

This oyster mushroom stir fry dish is the perfect quick and easy healthy weeknight meal! What’s great about this recipe is that it requires very minimal preparation and effort in cooking. In fact, you can make this in less than half an hour!

So the next time you go grocery shopping, don’t forget to pick up some oyster mushrooms so you can try out this recipe. There are various ways you can adjust the taste of this dish depending on your preferences. You can add more green peppers and spicy bean sauce to make it spicier or reduce the amount to make it less spicy. 

You can also add more soy sauce if you want it to be saltier or more sugar to make it sweeter. However you make it, I’m sure it’ll turn out deliciously amazing!

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