This is my take on Vegan Fried Chicken with Fried Oyster Mushrooms. They are super crispy with a double batter and so easy to make!
You will be amazed when you try these crispy Fried Oyster Mushrooms.
It’s crazy to say it, but they totally look and taste like fried chicken except Vegan! Anthony thought I had bought him KFC when he saw the tray haha!
I can’t deny it, I’ve always loved fried chicken. It’s one of the only foods I still crave since becoming mostly plant based. These are a great substitute and are my take on vegan fried chicken. The texture of the mushrooms are so similar it’s crazy!
You can also use them to make the most epic Vegan Chicken Sandwich. I've made mine with a crunchy fresh slaw and a vegan honey mustard dressing, it's a must try!
Some more tasty vegan recipes you must try are my Vegan Bolognese, Rice Paper Dumplings and Cauliflower Steaks.
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These Fried Oyster Mushrooms turn out super crispy with a double batter and are so easy to make!
Perfect for those nights when you feel like something crunchy and fried. They also make a great appetizer for a get together or on game day too.
I rarely eat or cook fried foods, but these are one of those exceptions that I can’t say no to!
Ingredients to make Fried Oyster Mushrooms
- Oyster mushrooms are the star of the show! They’re so pretty and a delicate mushroom with a subtle taste, which allows them to be seasoned and absorb any flavor you add
- Flour is used for the batter. I’ve used plain all purpose flour to make both the dry and wet batter. Whole-wheat flour can also work. I haven't personally tried gluten free flour for this recipe but I think they should be fine too!
- Spices are used to enhance flavour and colour into the beautiful oyster mushrooms. I’ve used a mix of paprika, tumeric, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper
- Oil for frying - make sure to use a neutral oil with a high smoke point when frying food. I’ve used canola oil but some other options are avocado oil, sunflower oil, grape seed oil and even vegetable oil
Sauces to dip into:
- Creamy BBQ, mix equal parts of mayonnaise with bbq sauce and a dash of apple cider vinegar
- Sriracha (hot sauce)
- Honey mustard
How to make Fried Oyster Mushrooms
Time needed: 20 minutes
- Clean mushrooms
Wipe oyster mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt
- Prepare spice mix
In a large bowl, add the flour and all the spices, salt and black pepper. Mix together until well combined
- Prepare batter
In a second bowl, take ⅓ cup flour from the mixture and add with ¾ cups of water. Whisk together until to achieve a smooth batter consistency
- Coat mushrooms in batter
Dip each mushroom into the wet batter mixture then into the dry batter. Double coat each mushroom back into the wet batter and then back in the flour mixture, making sure the mushrooms are fully coated in flour
- Time to fry
Heat oil in a pot over high heat and carefully drop mushrooms into the oil one at a time in batches. Don't overcrowd the pot, you can fry a few at a time depending on how large your pot is. Let them fry for a few minutes until nice and golden brown
Remove and place on paper towels to remove excess oil, then place on a cooling rack to keep crispy until the rest is done. Enjoy with your favourite dipping sauce!
Tips for Fried Oyster Mushroom Recipe
- Don't wash mushrooms with water, this will make them watery and mushy. Instead, use a damp paper towel to clean them and remove any dirt
- Double coat mushrooms to make them super crispy! Just make sure you get all the corners of the mushrooms so they're fully coated for the ultimate crunch
- Create more batter if needed. If you run out of the wet batter when coating the mushrooms, add more of the flour mixture with water to create more batter
- Test the oil is ready before frying. Do this by dropping a pinch of flour into the oil. If it starts to bubble, its ready!
- Don't overcrowd the pot. You can fry a few at a time in batches depending how large your pot is.
- Remove excess oil with paper towels and place on a cooling rack. After removing the excess oil place on a cooling rack until all the mushrooms are done. This will keep them crispy until you're ready to eat
They have a very subtle taste with a delicate earthy flavour, which allows them to be seasoned and absorb any flavor you add
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days. It’s best to reheat using an airfryer or in the oven to make them nice and crispy again. Avoid using a microwave as it will make them very soggy
Oyster mushrooms are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. They’re also low in carbohydrates. Source
For a lighter and healthier alternative, you can use an air fryer instead. It won’t be as crispy of course. I personally haven’t tried this method to know the exact cook time. Ensure to spray all sides well with oil spray
More Mushroom Recipes
- Mushroom Tart
- Pappardelle Pasta with Mushrooms
- Shiitake Mushroom Soup
- Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions
- Creamy Mushroom Toast
- Vegan Gravy
Fried Oyster Mushrooms (Vegan Fried Chicken)
- 150 g oyster mushrooms
- 1 ½ cups plain flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon paprika powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Cracked pepper
- Oil for frying, ive used canola oil
- Creamy BBQ - mix equal parts of mayonnaise with bbq sauce and a dash of apple cider vinegar
- Wipe oyster mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt
- In a large bowl, add the flour and all the spices. Mix together until well combined
- In a second bowl, add ⅓ cup of the flour mixture with ¾ cups of water. Whisk together until to achieve a smooth batter consistency
- Dip each mushroom into the wet batter mixture then into the flour mixture. Double coat each mushroom back into the wet batter and then back in the flour mixture, making sure the mushrooms are fully coated in flour
- Heat oil in a pot over high heat and carefully drop mushrooms into the oil one at a time in batches. Don't overcrowd the pot, you can fry a few at a time depending how large your pot is. Let them fry for a few minutes until nice and golden on all sides
- Remove and place on paper towels to remove excess oil, then place on a cooling rack to keep crispy until the rest is done. Enjoy with your favourite dipping sauce or make a delicious vegan "chicken" sandwich
- The information on the nutritional table is based on the mushrooms being “uncooked” so the frying oil is not included. This will vary on the type of oil that’s being used