You can turn pearl oyster mushrooms into a deliciously crispy, chewy beef-like steak. Just take a cluster of mushrooms marinated in teriyaki sauce and pan-fry it between two cast iron skillets to make them flat and crispy. In 20 minutes you will have yourself a flavorful mushroom steak.
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What to expect from this recipe?
You might already know that mushrooms, especially oyster mushrooms have a sturdy, meaty, chewy texture. However, they don’t have a strong earthy flavor so you can season them to your heart’s content.
If you make this oyster mushroom steak recipe, you will get a flavorful dish with a quite beefy chewy texture that pairs well with teriyaki sauce. You should thank Derek Sarno from Wicked Healthy Kitchen for his pressing technique to use two cast iron pans to really flatten out the mushrooms into a steak. It is one of the most interesting methods out of these 11 ways to cook with oyster mushrooms.
Well, the main ingredient is pearl oyster mushroom. Except for king oyster mushrooms, any other types of oyster mushrooms (pleurotus ostreatus) are suitable to make this recipe. They are very similar in taste and texture, although not all of them are widely available. You have to know where to buy them or grow them at home.
What other ingredients do you need?
- Coconut oil – You need this to make it crispy. This recipe will not really work without oil. Since it has a high smoke point and resistance to oxidation it is the ideal oil for frying compared to other oils like olive oil.
- Teriyaki sauce – If you need to eat gluten-free, please choose gluten-free teriyaki sauce as the main ingredient of the classic sauce is soy sauce, which is not gluten-free.
- Cornstarch – It is to thicken the sauce. Teriyaki is a rather thing sauce, but cornstarch will turn it into a marinade that would stick on the mushrooms.
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
As pearl oyster mushrooms grow on trees in a cluster they are usually not dirty, so you don’t need to wash them. Cut off the last bit of the stem and you are good to go. As you will pan fry them whole, no need to shred or cut them. You can read about all the what, how, and why in our how to prepare oyster mushrooms guide.
To turn the teriyaki sauce into a marinade, you need to heat it over medium/high heat with cornstarch until it thickens. It should not take longer than a couple of minutes.
How to make oyster mushroom steak?
- Heat up your cast-iron skillet* over medium-high heat. And add coconut oil.
- Spread the oyster mushroom clusters evenly in a circle with caps down.
- Use a smaller cast iron skillet and press down the mushroom as much as you can. Try to distribute the weight evenly so they get flattened evenly.
- Fry them for approx. 8-10 minutes. Check time to time to ensure they don’t get burnt but have crispy edges.
- When the first side is ready, season it with salt, black pepper and half of the garlic powder before flipping it over with a tong.
- Turn the heat down to medium. Add a bit more oil, and season the other side as well.
- Press it down again with the smaller skillet and fry them approx. 4-5 minutes or until they are crispy but not charcoaled.
- When they are ready, take it off the heat and let it cool for a bit.
- Brush generously the crispy mushroom steak with the teriyaki marinade on both sides.
- Place mushrooms in a grill pan over medium heat to get the sauce really sticky on both sides. Alternatively, you can use a baking sheet and roast or broil them in the oven.
Top tips to make it perfectly every time
- Watch the heat! – Frying means high heat, so you need to start with high when frying the mushrooms. However after adding the marinade, you should grill it over medium heat only.
- Minced vs powder – Minced garlic will get burnt and bitter as you need to fry the mushrooms to make a steak for a relatively long time. We recommend using garlic powder in this recipe.
What to serve with it?
Several side dishes pair perfectly with these teriyaki oyster mushroom steak slices, but in this recipe, we added some pan-fried bok choy (pictured). We also love to pair teriyaki sauce with green beans just like in our teriyaki tofu stir fry recipe.
Other delicious combinations are:
- Roasted asparagus, sauteed carrots, broccoli, sauteed leafy greens
- Roasted or fried potato, or sweet potato
- Riced Sweet Potato
- Savory Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
- Potato salad
- Easy Vegan Coleslaw
- Wedge Salad or other Fresh Garden Salad
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
- Vegan Risotto
- Creamy polenta
- Rice or quinoa or couscous (Note: Couscous is not gluten-free)
To create show-stopping steaks, you can use any other marinade like
- vegan BBQ sauce
- hoisin sauce (we also use it in our vegan hoisin duck rice paper dumplings)
- Chinese BBQ sauce (we also use it to make Chinese BBQ tofu burger)
FAQs and substitutions
Is teriyaki sauce gluten-free?
The main ingredient is soy sauce, which is not gluten-free. Read more about it in our “Is soy sauce gluten-free?” post. However, there are certified gluten-free brands, like Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce*, which are safe to use in the gluten-free diet.
Can you use other mushrooms?
Except for king oyster mushrooms, you can choose any of the 7 types of oyster mushrooms as all of them to grow in clusters. If you want to use king oysters, then you should slice them and fry them like that. However, you may not get the same beefy texture as with pearl oysters.
You can seek out one of these 13 oyster mushroom substitutes, but choose those types which also grow in clusters like lion’s mane. Mushrooms that are sold loose or individually will not make a good steak.
How to store them?
Dishes are usually best served fresh, but this oyster mushroom steak recipe keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days without any change. They keep their chewy, sturdy texture even if days go by. They may lose a bit of crispiness around the edges though, but you may experience enhanced flavors.
Can you make them ahead of time?
You can store oyster mushrooms easily up to a week in the fridge, or at room temperature for 1-2 days. For more tips, read our how to store oyster mushrooms article. The finished dish can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. When you are ready to serve it, re-heat it in a frying pan or skillet.
This Teriyaki Oyster Mushroom Steak recipe is vegan so meat-free, dairy-free, and egg-free. It is suitable for a vegetarian and nut-free diet. This recipe is not WFPB-friendly (whole foods plant-based) as it uses oil. It is only gluten-free if you use gluten-free teriyaki sauce.
More vegan oyster mushroom recipes
You can find several delicious oyster mushroom recipes here or check out one from the below list:
- Pan-fried Green Herb Oyster Mushrooms
- Hearty Vegan Breakfast Hash with Oyster Mushroom Jerky
- Thai Oyster Mushroom Noodle Stir Fry
- BBQ Vegan Pulled Pork Burger
- Hummus Quesadillas with Oyster Mushrooms
- Crispy Oyster Mushroom Tacos
Teriyaki Oyster Mushroom Steak
- No need to wash oyster mushrooms. Cut off the last bit of the stem, and you are good to go.
- To turn the teriyaki sauce into a marinade, you need to heat it over medium/high heat with cornstarch until it thickens. It should not take longer than a couple of minutes.
- Heat up your cast-iron skillet over medium/high heat. And add coconut oil.
- Spread the cluster of oyster mushrooms evenly in a circle with caps down. Use a smaller cast iron skillet and press down the mushroom as much as you can. Try to distribute the weight evenly, so they get flattened evenly.
- Fry them for approx. 8-10 minutes. Check time to time to ensure they don’t get burnt. When
- When the first side is ready, season it with salt, black pepper, and half of the garlic powder before flipping it over with a tong.
- Turn the heat down to medium. Add a bit more oil, and season the other side as well. Press it down again with the smaller skillet and fry them approx. 4-5 minutes or until they are crispy but are not charcoal.
- When they are ready, take it off the heat and let it cool for a bit.
- Brush them generously with the teriyaki marinade on both sides. Grill it over medium heat in a grill pan to get the sauce sticky on both sides.
- Serve it with sauteed bok choy. Cut it in half and sautee on a grill pan heated over medium heat until it softens and gets yummy charcoal stripes.
- Watch the heat! – Pan-frying means high heat, so you must start with high when frying the mushrooms. However, when grilling it with the marinade you need to turn down the heat.
- Minced garlic vs garlic powder – Finely chopped garlic can get burnt easily and will taste bitter. We recommend using garlic powder in this recipe.