Updated: Apr 16, 2021
🍄 🥓 Pink oyster mushrooms, which we like to call “Bacon of the Forest,” take on a bacon-like flavor when pan-fried. That’s right. It’s a bacon mushroom. 🥓 🍄
Prepping your pink oyster mushrooms
When you first open up your pack of pink oysters, you might notice a slight, seafood scent, but that quickly disappears once you begin cooking the mushrooms. There’s no need to wash them in the sink. They are very porous and will absorb water, similar to a sponge. If you must wash your mushrooms, use cold water sparingly by rinsing quickly or wiping with a damp cloth.
Our mushrooms are all grown in a clean, temperature-controlled environment and arrive at your home completely ready to cook. Just remove them from their box and place them on a dry, clean cutting board.
Cutting your pink oyster mushrooms
The entire mushroom is edible, so make sure you don’t leave any stems behind.
We often cook pink oyster mushrooms whole, but the stems do tend to be tougher than the gilled mushroom caps. If you do decide to cut your mushrooms, try to make sure the pieces are all a similar size so they cook at the same speed.
**Tip: The stems, when cut into small pieces, make a fantastic, vegan replacement for bacon bits.
Cooking your pink oyster mushrooms
We like to start with a little bit of butter or avocado oil in a frying pan at medium-high heat. Once your pan and oil are nice and hot, toss in your pink oyster mushrooms.
Now, is when the bacon flavor starts to set in.
Once you’ve reached a nice golden brown, remove the mushrooms from the pan and place them on a clean, dry paper towel.
**Tip: The crispier and more golden brown the mushrooms are, the more they taste like bacon. The less you cook them, the more they taste like mushrooms. This is a matter of personal preference, but we think both flavors are delicious.
Salt, serve, and enjoy!
At our house, cooked oyster mushrooms don’t last very long. They’re quickly snatched up and eaten right off the paper towel, but if you have the patience for it, pink oyster mushrooms can easily be implemented in other dishes, like delicious mac and cheese or mushroomy clam chowder.