Super easy pan-fried king oyster mushroom, finished within 5 minutes can be better than meat. I have get suggestions for vegan friendly or vegetarian friendly dishes.  There are actually lots of vegan and vegetarian dishes in China. We eat meats only 2-3 times a week 10 years ago. Some of the vegan or vegetable dishes are much more popular than comforting meat meals. 

Fried King Oyster|
Fried King Oyster|

King oyster mushroom(Pleurotus eryngii) belongs to the family of oyster mushroom and it is the largest one. Oyster mushroom group is a group of edible fungus with oyster like capes. Most of the oyster mushrooms have large cap and short steam, grow in clusters. While king oyster mushrooms is very special because it has a large stem. King oyster mushroom is a very popular ingredient in Asian cuisines including Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
We eat this type of mushrooms for years and it get a very lovely name in Chinese“杏鲍菇”indicating the almond like aroma and abalone flavor. In my mind, it is one of the best ingredient for vegetarian diet.

This is a very simple recipe beyond common imagination. After fried with a very small amount of oil, king oyster can be quite delicious itself, soft, juicy and slightly chewy, very similar to chicken meats. Then a mixed herbs and spices are spread to cooperate and strong the flavors. 

Cook’s Note

  1. Try to choose those middle size king oyster mushrooms and avoid choosing the huge ones.
  2. If you need to wash those mushrooms, wash quickly under running water and avoid soaking mushrooms in water, as they will absorb water quickly and spoil the cooked texture.
  3. Cutting some cross lines on one side can help to fasten the cooking process and make the mushrooms absorb more flavors from the spices.
Fried King Oyster|
Fried King Oyster|

    4. During the cooking process, use medium fire and cook king oyster mushroom slowly to make sure they are evenly cooked. 

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Pan-Fried King Oyster

Pan-fried king oyster mushroom, a meat like mushroom BBQ
5 from 25 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 39kcal
Author: Elaine


  • 4 king oyster mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oil


  • Toast salt, ground black pepper and cumin in a small pan over slowest fire until aromatic.
  • Cut king oyster mushroom into 2 to 3 cm thickness tubes. Cut some cross lines on one side.
  • Brush some oil in a pan and place the king oyster mushrooms in. Use middle fire and fry one side until slightly seared and then turn over the fry the other side. The whole process should be around 3-5 minutes and mushrooms should be cooked slowly.
  • Transfer to serving plate, spread our spice mix. Place 1/2 tablespoon of chili sauce as another choice of dipping.


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 66mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! Tasty and easy. I put the spice mix on the mushrooms right at the end of cooking and stirred it in, to make sure I fully covered the mushrooms.

  2. The large ones from China are not nearly as good as the ones one can buy in a Japanese market which come in clusters of 5 or so. So much more tender and flavorful. Huge difference.

  3. 5 stars
    I enjoy the simple, easy to follow instructions.
    I did it exactly like recipe as my test case-delicious!
    Roasting herbs first is a good way to awaken the flavor.
    I have thought of numerous variations to your recipe in the future.
    I agree, ignore the giant mushrooms & go for medium size. I find a nice variety of mushrooms in natural food store, particularly Rainbow Grocery Coop in San Francisco.