Oyster mushrooms are delicious and high in nutrients. This fragrant oyster mushroom stir-fry dish is one of my favourite go-to side dishes (accompanied by a bowl of piping hot white rice) when I’m in the mood for Meatless Mondays.
I love how versatile oyster mushrooms are. If you don’t feel like doing any stir-frying, oyster mushrooms can be roasted, grilled, boiled, and blanched. I believe they would taste even better deep-fried with some tempura batter.
Before you go ahead to make this dish, I’d like to give you a couple quick tips when it comes to making the best out of oyster mushrooms:
Tip 1: Slice the mushrooms thinly (but not too thin). This will give you the best texture when stir-fried, trust me.
Tip 2: Blanch the mushroom slices in boiling water for about 15 seconds, then lightly pat them dry before stir-frying. This helps to lock in the moisture of the mushrooms, so they don’t release too much “water” when they are fried. Nobody likes soggy mushrooms.
Oyster mushrooms are delicious and high in nutrients. For this dish, I like to take freshly sliced garlic and fry them to a crisp. Then, stir-fry the mushrooms quickly with a sesame oil-soy sauce combination.
- 3 stalks oyster mushrooms sliced thinly (about 0.5 cm)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 4 cloves garlic sliced thinly
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
- salt to taste
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add oyster mushroom slices in, blanch for about 15 seconds, then quickly remove them from the pot. Pat them dry with a paper towel and set aside.
In a heated pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of canola oil. When the oil is heated up (make sure the pan isn't smoking), add garlic. Quickly fry them till they start to turn golden, then remove them from the pan and set them aside on a small plate.
If the pan is smoking, turn the heat down. Now over medium-heat, add 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. Immediately throw in the sliced oyster mushrooms.
Add 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce and salt to taste. Stir-fry the oyster mushrooms till they are fragrant and start to look a little soft. Turn the heat off and transfer the mushrooms onto a serving plate. Garnish with the crispy garlic slices you had fried earlier. Enjoy.