King oyster mushrooms are large, meaty mushrooms with thick stems.
King oyster mushrooms, also known as eringi mushrooms (エリンギ), French horn mushrooms, and king trumpet mushrooms, have a robust texture and a subtle, nutty taste. They hold up well when grilled or roasted, making them an excellent meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans. Slice them thick and marinate them with soy sauce and ginger before grilling them for a mouthwatering treat. We also love them in vegetarian curry or deep-fried for tempura.
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What Are King Oyster Mushrooms?
King oyster mushrooms, scientifically known as Pleurotus eryngii, are a type of edible mushroom. They are known for their large, thick, white stalks and small tan or brown caps. The caps are relatively small compared to the length of the stem.
They are versatile and can be used in various culinary applications, and their flavor and texture make them a great meat substitution for vegetarian and vegan dishes. It also has the nickname “vegan scallops” due to the texture being similar to scallops when sliced and sauteed in butter.
What Do They Taste Like
They have a mild and savory umami flavor with a meaty texture, similar to shiitake.
How To Use
Like many mushrooms, they are versatile and can be used in various Asian and non-Asian cuisines. You can cook the roast, saute, stir-fry, add to soups, or thread into skewers. Slice them into coins, lengthwise, or finely chop them and use them like ground meat.
Where To Buy
Find them at Asian and Japanese grocery stores and farmers’ markets. You may also be able to find them at regular supermarkets.
How To Choose The Best
Pick those that are free of blemishes, discoloration, and excessive moisture. The smell should be earthy, fresh, and a pleasant mushroom aroma.
How To Store
As mushrooms are sensitive to moisture, they are best stored in a paper bag, which allows air circulation and helps absorb excess moisture. Store in the vegetable crisp drawer in the refrigerator.
King oyster mushrooms are nutrient-rich, providing essential vitamins and minerals, while their high dietary fiber and protein content aids digestion and weight management. These mushrooms contain antioxidants that protect against oxidative stress and inflammation, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Like all mushrooms, they are low in calories and carbohydrates.
Additionally, compounds in king oyster mushrooms may support immune function, and they can play a role in managing cholesterol levels. Their potential to synthesize vitamin D when exposed to sunlight contributes to bone health.
Use other meaty mushrooms, such as cremini, portobello, or button mushrooms.
Recipes Using King Oyster Mushrooms
- Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) 焼肉
- Warm Mushroom Salad with Sesame Dressing きのこの胡麻和え温サラダ
- Japanese Mushroom Rice きのこご飯
- Yakitori-Style Grilled Vegetables 焼き野菜盛り合わせ