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Oyster Mushroom Scallops With Pesto Pasta and Smoked Tofu Bacon [Vegan]

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If you want to impress and surprise your friends and family, go out and find some fresh King Oyster mushrooms and make this dish for them soon! They won’t believe their eyes or their taste buds when you tell them that the "scallops" are actually mushrooms. King Oyster mushroom slices are marinated in nori seaweed flakes or dulse flakes (another sea vegetable), along with some vegetable stock, and a splash of lemon and cooking wine. The mushroom slices absorb these different flavors and the moisture, resulting in a fantastically tasty vegan scallop with a consistency to die for! Then, serve them up with the cheesy pesto pasta, smoky tofu bacon, and a sprinkling of vegan Parmesan or nutritional yeast.

Oyster Mushroom Scallops With Pesto Pasta and Smoked Tofu Bacon [Vegan]



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For the Oyster Mushroom Scallops:

  • 6-8 King Oyster mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable stock powder, dissolved in water
  • 1 tablespoon white cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon nori seaweed flakes or dulse flakes
  • A splash of lemon juice

For the Smoked Tofu Bacon:

  • 8 ounces extra firm tofu, smoked or regular
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

For the Pesto Pasta:

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 or more large handfuls of basil
  • 4 servings fettuccine pasta, gluten-free if needed


To Make the King Oyster Mushroom Scallops:

  1. Cut the mushrooms into slices approximately 1-inch thick. If you want all the pieces to look like real scallops, remove the cap and lowest, pointed part of the foot and save them for another recipe.
  2. Combine the other ingredients in a bowl, crumbling the nori seaweed into pieces if necessary, and mix well.
  3. Add the mushrooms slices and toss to coat them all. Marinate for 1 hour, flipping the slices after 30 minutes.

To Make the Smoked Tofu Bacon:

  1. Cut the tofu into smallish cubes or your preferred shape.
  2. Mix the three marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the tofu, stir and marinate for 30 minutes or more.

To Make the Pesto Pasta:

  1. Dry roast pine nuts in a frying pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients in food processor.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add your pasta.
  4. Remove the tofu from the marinade and fry until slightly crispy on the outside.
  5. Remove the mushroom slices from the marinade and pan fry in oil over medium-high heat. Flip after about 5 minutes, making sure both sides get some color.
  6. Drain the pasta and toss with the pesto.
  7. Top with the “scallops” and “bacon” and optionally, some vegan Parmesan-style cheese.





Veganized traditional dishes and desserts from all across the globe and new, exciting culinary creations. Hi, I’m Chris, the guy behind Planticize. After being vegetarian for nearly 20 years, I finally went vegan in 2014! I enjoy eating, cooking, photography and travel. I’ve lived in three different countries, so my tastes are pretty eclectic. I love to planticize traditional dishes and create new and exciting ones, too! I think that going plant-based is the best for everyone and everything, and I strive to make food that looks and tastes great!



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3 comments on “Oyster Mushroom Scallops With Pesto Pasta and Smoked Tofu Bacon [Vegan]”

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Em Wilcox
1 Years Ago

they are so lush - really amazing, and boletes are just as good if you are lucky enough to find them

Popi Raja-Peppas
1 Years Ago

Jamie Bailey

Jamie Bailey
30 Dec 2016


Elizabeth Schafer
1 Years Ago

I just use tofu, but this looks good too!

Vegan Tart
1 Years Ago

my goodness that looks so delicious :) mmmmm

1 Years Ago

Thanks for sharing this! Cool to see that so many people like it! :D

1 Years Ago


29 Dec 2016

Good recipe

29 Dec 2016

Very delicious

David Fayose
1 Years Ago

Best of meal is sea weed and cucumber with oyster

DZ Easley
1 Years Ago

There is nothing oyster about a mushroom. just say'n

29 Dec 2016

They are called King Osyter Mushrooms and when cooked have a consistency very much like scallops - with some added sea flavors, you're there! :)

Micky Colvin
1 Years Ago

Tim Colvin

Mateusz Kowalski
1 Years Ago

Liana Kaycee

Liana Kaycee
29 Dec 2016

Mateusz Kowalski Not the same mate!

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