We think the majority of people can agree that mushrooms are simply delicious. They make for excellent swap-outs for a lot of traditionally meaty dishes. The variety of mushrooms is ridiculous and there’s one for every occasion! Today, we’re focusing on oyster mushrooms and their versatility. We went through the Food Monster App and found 10 meaty, delightful recipes where this thick and hearty mushroom is the star.

1. Lemon and Garlic Oyster Mushroom Scallops 

Vegan Lemon and Garlic Oyster Mushroom Scallops

Lemon and Garlic Oyster Mushroom Scallops

Mushrooms are usually served as a side dish, but they are also a great substitute for meat in a lot of plant-based recipes. Their meaty texture makes them great to use as a base for the scallops, like in this recipe for Lemon and Garlic Oyster Mushroom Scallops by Desiree Rodriguez.

2. Oyster Mushroom Steaks With Miso Gravy 

Vegan Oyster Mushroom Steaks With Miso Gravy

Oyster Mushroom Streaks

Oyster Mushroom Streaks by Courtney West are an easy yet very delicious vegan-friendly main course. And, if you’re still trying to make plans for what you’re making for the holidays, we’ve got you covered. These meaty mushrooms are served over warm polenta and drizzled with a miso gravy that adds a unique nostalgia.

3. Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy 

Vegan Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy

Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy

This Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy by Hot for Food is sure to hit the spot for even the most critical of eaters. Tender, meaty oyster mushrooms make the perfect substitution for this classic dish.

4. Raw King Oyster Mushroom Calamari 

Vegan Raw King Oyster Mushroom Calamari

Raw King Oyster Mushroom ‘Calamari’

Crispy and savory, Janet Malowany‘s Raw King Oyster Mushroom ‘Calamari’ appetizer is a crowd pleaser! In this recipe, fish is replaced with meaty mushrooms, and the breading is given a major nutritional revamping. Instead of just bread crumbs, this calamari is coated in a mixture of flax seeds and spices like garlic, sage, parsley, thyme, and black salt. Pair this dish with a tangy tomato dip and plenty of lemon.

5. Oyster Mushroom Ropa Vieja

Vegan Oyster Mushroom Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

Lisa Dawn Angerame‘s Ropa Vieja is a version of one of Cuba’s designated national dishes. Ropa Vieja means “old clothes” or “dirty rags” in Spanish and this pile of goodness has that vibe. So, how do you veganize Ropa Vieja? Mushrooms! Actually, shredded oyster mushrooms. See that big oyster mushroom? You just pull it apart and it works great imitating dirty rags! The flavors in this dish are amazing – between the mushrooms, wine, capers, and olives – you can’t go wrong.

6. Puerto Rican Style Stewed Oyster Mushrooms 

Vegan Puerto Rican Style Stewed Oyster Mushrooms

Puerto Rican Style Stewed Oyster Mushrooms

Served over brown rice, this meaty dish of Puerto Rican Style Stewed Oyster Mushrooms by Desiree Rodriguez is perfect for pleasing meat-eaters and vegans alike! Serve this at your next family dinner for a yummy, flavorful meal!

7. Fettuccine With Oyster Mushrooms and Thyme

Vegan Fettuccine With Oyster Mushrooms and Thyme

Fettuccini With Oyster Mushrooms and Thyme

Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer‘s Fettuccini With Oyster Mushrooms and Thyme is food for the soul and the body. These thick noodles are coated in a hearty, creamy, mushroom and thyme sauce and finished off with some fresh parsley and nooch (for a little extra cheesy flavor!). This is a recipe that will rise to the top of your go-to list in no time.

8. Meaty Mushroom Shawarma With Tzatziki

Vegan Meaty Mushroom Shawarma With Tzatziki

Vegan Mushroom Shawarma/Gyros

You have to try these Vegan Mushroom Shawarma/Gyros by Kirsten Kaminski! Paired with delicious vegan tzatziki and it came out so good that it’s legit your next new favorite dish!

9. Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burger

Vegan Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burger

Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burgers

If you’re looking to seriously step up your burger game, these Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burgers by Melina Kutelas are definitely worth your time. Steamed bao buns are stuffed with oyster mushrooms marinated in an umami sauce and paired with steamed kale and caramelized onions. No patties because if you have pulled oyster mushrooms what else do you need? Steaming a yeast dough instead of baking it is something pretty genius. It just leaves you with the softest and juiciest bread you can imagine — kind of like biting into a cloud.

10. King Oyster Skewers With Spicy Peanut-Ginger Sauce 

Vegan King Oyster Skewers With Spicy Peanut-Ginger Sauce

King Oyster Mushrooms With A Spicy Peanut-Ginger Sauce

Food on sticks: we’re into it. We pressed, sliced, marinated, skewered, grilled, and then smothered these gorgeous King Oyster Mushrooms With A Spicy Peanut-Ginger Sauce by Wicked Healthy. This is a wicked easy and delicious way to use this type of mushroom! King Oyster mushrooms are one of our favorite shrooms for their versatility and meaty texture. Slice ’em and you’ve got plant-based scallops. Bread and fry these beauties for a beautiful appetizer. Slice them the other way, and you’ve got something to thread onto a skewer for a perfect, plant-based shroom dish!

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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