Teriyaki King Oyster Mushroom

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A super easy way to cook king oyster mushrooms with a teriyaki sauce to make a vegan dish that tastes better than meat! {Vegan, Gluten-free adaptable}

Teriyaki king oyster mushrooms

Why pan frying is better than stir fry

The teriyaki king oyster mushroom is not a typical stir-fry dish.

Conventional Chinese style stir-frying requires a powerful gas stove and a cast iron wok. If you employ the correct combination of a very short cooking time and extremely high heat, the ingredients will be cooked just right. They stay fresh and crisp, charred on the surface with a moist texture, and infused with a great flavor that you can only get from a wok.

However, this method is not practical for everyone.

What if you don’t have a wok or a gas stove, or simply don’t want your cooking to be very smoky?

Teriyaki king oyster mushroom provides a perfect solution to all these problems.

Unlike traditional stir fried dishes, this recipe uses a flat skillet to grill the mushrooms until crispy, and then quickly braises them in a simple teriyaki sauce to add a rich flavor.

The finished mushrooms have a dark color and shiny luster, with a spongy and meaty texture and a sweet, savory, rich flavor. The fresh green onion adds a refreshing citrusy taste. Top freshly steamed white rice with these mushrooms and you have a simple yet satisfying one-dish meal, ready in 30 minutes.

Believe it or not, this vegan dish even tastes better than meat.

Teriyaki king oyster mushrooms served over rice

Cooking notes

1. Marinating makes a difference

In this recipe, I discovered the secret to cooking perfect king oyster mushrooms – to marinate them first and cook them slowly.

Oyster mushrooms have a drier texture than the average mushroom, and thus are not very suitable for a quick stir-fry. If you cook them over high heat without a lot of oil, the mushrooms will be easily burned on the surface, without any infused flavor inside, which makes it even worse. To add insult to injury, the mushrooms will start to release moisture at the end of cooking, giving you a paradoxically burned, soggy, and utterly flavorless dish.

By marinating the mushrooms first, they will be seasoned well and lose some moisture before cooking. Instead of cooking them over high heat, you should grill them slowly until charred and cooked through. In the last step, all the mushroom liquid and seasoning will be added back into the dish, which creates a super rich sauce with basically zero effort.

Teriyaki king oyster mushrooms close-up

2. Easy teriyaki sauce

I replaced the mirin with Japanese sake and sugar (you can use this substitution in any Japanese dish). I also slightly adjusted the seasoning, utilizing less oil and fewer ingredients. If you want to use mirin instead, check out the original recipe. If you don’t have sake, you could replace it with cooking wine or vodka (1 teaspoon vodka for 1 tablespoon sake). However, I think sake works best in this dish, because it has a more delicate and sweet flavor.

Teriyaki king oyster mushrooms cooking step-by-step

This teriyaki style is my favorite way of cooking king oyster mushrooms now. I hope it becomes yours, too!

Homemade teriyaki king oyster mushrooms

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Homemade teriyaki king oyster mushrooms

Teriyaki King Oyster Mushroom

5 from 15 votes
A super easy way to cook king oyster mushrooms to make a vegan dish that tastes better than meat!
Author: Maggie Zhu
Course: Main, Side
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4


  • 2 (14 oz. / 400 grams in total) large king oyster mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (or soy sauce, or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons Japanese sake
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons onion , chopped
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
  • 2 servings steamed white rice , to serve with


  • Halve king oyster mushroom lengthwise, then slice into 4mm (slightly more than 1/8 in, double the thickness of a 1-dollar coin) thick slices. Transfer to a big plate.
  • Combine light soy sauce, Japanese sake, and sugar in a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Use a dining spoon to distribute the sauce over the mushrooms. Mix with chopsticks until the mushrooms are evenly covered with the sauce. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  • Add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to a nonstick skillet and heat over medium high heat until warm. Add 2 teaspoons green onion and stir a few times.
  • Cook mushrooms in batches. Spread them across the skillet without overlapping them. Save the marinating liquid for later use.
  • Let mushrooms grill without stirring them. When the skillet gets hot, turn to medium heat (or low heat if the skillet starts to smoke). When the bottom side turns golden, flip with chopsticks (or tongs) to grill the other side. Keep grilling and flipping, until both sides turn golden brown, with slightly charred edges. The process took me 8 minutes, but your cooking time will vary depending on the type of stove you’re using. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and 2 teaspoons of green onion. Continue to cook the remainder of the mushrooms. The cooking process will be shorter this time, since the skillet is quite hot already. Adjust heat between low and medium to cook the mushrooms slowly, with the skillet remaining hot. The mushrooms should be slightly charred and dehydrated without getting burnt. (I cooked two batches with a 9" / 24 cm skillet. You might need to cook more (or fewer) batches depending on the amount of mushrooms and the size of your skillet. Be sure to adjust the amount of oil accordingly.
  • When the last batch of mushrooms is cooked, add the previous batch(es) back into the skillet.
  • Pour the marinade over the mushrooms. Keep cooking over medium low heat until the liquid is absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes.
    Teriyaki King Oyster Mushroom Cooking Process | Omnivorescookbook.com
  • Place the mushrooms onto the steamed rice. Garnish with the remaining 2 teaspoons of green onion and the sesame seeds.
  • Serve hot over steamed rice.


Serving: 128g, Calories: 120kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.3g, Protein: 0.6g, Fat: 7.3g, Saturated Fat: 1.1g, Sodium: 531mg, Potassium: 26mg, Fiber: 1.1g, Sugar: 5.2g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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A super easy way to cook king oyster mushrooms with a teriyaki sauce to make a vegan dish that tastes better than meat! {Vegan, Gluten-free adaptable}

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  1. Ganga says:

    I love these mushrooms, so thank you so much for making them with your own twists. Such a gorgeous post.

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Ganga, thanks so much for stopping by! I really love your recipe and so glad I found it! Actually I didn’t make a lot of twist. Your original recipe is awesome! Will keep follow your blog and try out more of your recipes 🙂

      • James Tee says:

        5 stars
        Looks wonderful, don’t we need to add teriyaki sauce ?
        is there any alternative for Japanese sake ? if we have muslim guest.

      • Maggie says:

        Hi James, if you follow my recipe, the seasonings will make a teriyaki sauce (yep, teriyaki sauce is super simple to make). You can use chicken stock to replace Japanese sake and the result will still be delicious. But the flavor will be a bit different. A teriyaki sauce requires mirin (sweet rice wine) or rice wine.
        Happy cooking and hope the result turns out great!

    • Jordana says:

      Loved this recipe! So easy and delicious 😋
      I used the moron rather than sake as that’s what I had on hand. I also only had red onion and used that- delicious!
      Thank you for the recipe and look forward to more!

  2. Kathleen | HapaNom says:

    I’ve actually never had king oyster mushrooms – but after seeing this recipe… I definitely need to change that! They looks so wonderfully meaty and rich!

    • Maggie says:

      Is king oyster mushroom a rare thing in the US? Check them out if you see any at the market. I really love their meat texture!

  3. Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says:

    5 stars
    I honestly believe you when you say this tastes better than meat. I love mushrooms and this looks incredible!

  4. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says:

    This dish looks phenomenal! I love oyster mushrooms and I love that this is vegan. Also love how the ingredients list is so minialist 🙂

  5. Oh! I am pretty sure you are right about this vegan dish tasting better than meat.. Looks so yummy!

  6. Shinee says:

    Ah this sounds amazing! I love mushrooms, but never tried with teriyaki sauce! And thank you for transforming awesome chinese meals into something that we can actually make at home!

  7. Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners says:

    Oh this is such a perfect dish, Maggie. I just love mushrooms but I have never had this type before and I will be searching for them! Love the addition of toasted sesame seeds and green onions. Great recipe 🙂

  8. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness says:

    The mushrooms are browned so nicely. Looks really flavorful! I am sure I won’t miss the meat when eating this rice bowl. So meaty and earthy. Pinning for sure!

  9. Helen @ Scrummy Lane says:

    I’ve been eyeing this up on social media! I would never have thought of cooking mushrooms this way, Maggie! But they look so appetizing and just as ‘meaty’ as true meat!

  10. 5 stars
    Firstly, congratulations on your visa coming through so much earlier than expected! How exciting that you will be moving soon! Secondly, I love the look of these mushrooms! I had to inspect the photo very closely to even be convinced they were “just” mushrooms, they look beautifully golden and caramelised, like they were sweet potatoes. Amazing. Love the technique too, read every word of the recipe. 🙂

  11. nicole (thespicetrain.com) says:

    I totally believe that these mushrooms taste better than meat, so juicy and delicious!

  12. Louella says:

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and it was incredible! I accidentally bought twice the amount of mushroom I needed but the three of us smashed it, it was so good. I had never had or cooked oyster mushrooms before so this was a great first experience.

    • Maggie says:

      I’m so glad to hear the dish turns out well Louella and thanks for taking time to leave a comment! We love mushrooms too and always cook in big batches. Definitely satisfying as a meal 🙂
      Have a great day!

  13. Debra Wood says:

    This recipe sounds fabulous. I will definitely try it.
    I live in Hawaii and will be getting married in November. I am being given an abundance of king oyster mushrooms as a gift. Our reception will be very casual and just appetizers, mostly Hawaiian and Asian inspired. Is there anything you can think of that I can do in advance, a day or two that would work with these mushrooms?
    Mahalo for you help in this.

    • Maggie says:

      Congratulations Debra! I’m glad to hear you’d like to try out this dish. To speak the truth, I have not tried to cook with king oyster mushrooms in many different ways. It has such a nice and meaty texture, so we always use it in the stir fry, or roast it with sauce like this recipe. I think you can deep fry them, use them in the soup, or even pickle them, depends on what type of dish you’re looking for. Although you probably can cook with the fresh mushrooms without too many preps in advance.

  14. Lorraine Pinchevsky says:

    I want to use a pre-made black bean and garlic sauce instead of teriyaki. should I marinate and cook it the same way?

  15. Ron says:

    Nice recipe but not better than the same recipe with strips of beef or chicken (meat) by a long shot. 🙂

  16. Sherry says:

    Maggie, thank you for this recipe, which looks like it produces a gorgeous result despite how simple it is. I happen to have both king oyster mushrooms and shiitake right now –– can I use both types together in this recipe? Or should the shiitake be cooked differently? I’m relatively new to these mushroom varieties so I’d appreciate your advice!

  17. Kasey says:

    5 stars
    I found this recipe after making a horrible stir fry with these mushrooms, for the same reasons you have pointed out. This turned out so sooo good! It took some time to cook the pieces. But it’s really worth it. I made it for dinner but couldn’t help sneaking pieces to eat before the meal.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Kasey, thanks for your feedback. We’re glad to hear the dish came out well!

  18. TC says:

    5 stars
    The prep and sauteing can take a little while… but SO WORTH IT.

  19. Kat L says:

    5 stars
    I can’t believe how easy this was! Just used 1:1 ratio of soy sauce to rice wine, and when I added the leftover marinade to the cooked mushrooms, I also threw in a couple handfuls of shrimp. Didn’t need any extra seasoning, and the sauce that resulted from the water released by the frozen shrimp was thick and delicious. Looking forward to making this again, as well as trying more of your recipes. So much on your site reminds me of childhood and my grandma, and it has given me a new joy and excitement in my cooking. Thank you!

  20. Sandy says:

    Delicious! I kind of like mushrooms, but can’t stand the smell of them cooking (makes me nauseous). As a result, I only eat a few as I don’t feel well, but my husband loves mushrooms. We tried this recipe and we BOTH loved it. All I smelled was the sauce so didn’t get nauseous at all. The taste was terrific. I made a batch which we had as a side dish . My husband asked me to cook the rest of the mushrooms as well , so after dinner, I made more! (Oh, I didn’t have sake, but replaced it with some white wine that I had at home. )

  21. KS says:

    Hi. For the mushroom you said cut them lengthwise but the picture shown was crosswise.

  22. Jennifer Anduze says:

    5 stars
    I made the teriyaki king oyster mushroom dish and it was amazingly easy and full of flavor! I am very excited about your teriyaki sauce recipe, it can go with just about everything!

  23. Jen says:

    A little too sweet for me – I’ll use less sugar next time. But otherwise, delicious!

  24. Jiawen says:

    5 stars
    So easy and it tastes so good! Hubs loved it too! I sprinkled some cayenne pepper at the end for some spice! Tastes fab! Thanks for the recipe!

  25. Y. Linds says:

    5 stars
    Taste so good. Thank you for sharing the recipe

  26. Randi says:

    This looks wonderful!! I did wonder if your skillet size might have been a typo though. Was it really 24″? That seems larger than I’ve ever seen. Thanks

    • Maggie says:

      Yep it’s a typo. Was mean to say 24 cm, which is a 9″ pan. Just updated the recipe and now it’s correct!

  27. Timothy says:

    Thanks for posting this Maggie. I’ve made it & love it & I agree that it’s way better than meat.

  28. Carla @ Foodie Digital says:

    5 stars
    So flavourful and beautiful texture. Will be making again and again!

  29. ttokki says:

    5 stars
    my kids like it 🙂

  30. Tate says:

    5 stars
    This was my first time preparing oyster mushrooms at home and your directions were perfect. So incredibly simple, yet so impressive and delicious. I’m vegan and will definitely be turning to you for more recipes in the future 🙂

  31. Judy D. says:

    5 stars
    I was delighted to find this main-dish recipe for the big King Oyster mushrooms bought at our farmers’ market. It was easy to put together, fun to cook and delicious at the table. The only change I made was to put the sliced mushrooms into a zip bag with the marinade and turn it a few times to spread evenly. The texture of the cooked mushrooms was just right, with enough chew to use a knife and fork. (and too much chew for chopsticks, imo.)

  32. afra says:

    5 stars
    Enjoyed this for my lunch today. Healthy, fast and very tasty. My spring onion did burn a little so next time I will put all of it in a the end. Certainly will be a next time.

  33. afra says:

    PS: the link to the original recipe does not work anymore. No complaint, just sharing 🙂

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