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Fried Oyster Mushrooms


Let's make some Vegan Fried Chick'n but with some Mushrooms this time! So easy and so dang good!!


This was my first time working with Oyster Mushrooms, and it certainly won't be my last! These are so good and so easy to whip up!


Oyster Mushrooms can be found at most Asian Markets, and I can find them at my local Whole Foods, and even at some of the other big chain markets. They are relatively inexpensive (I found mine for $6 a pound which sound expensive, but a half pound will make a TON of Fried Chick'n so it goes a long way).


This is what they look like...


All you need to do to cook these is make a dredging station and fry them! That's it!


For frying, this time around I used an electric fryer, and I think I might be converted now. It was so easy, mostly because it keeps the temperature at a steady 375° F automagically! If you are interested, HERE'S A LINK to the one that I used. This post isn't sponsored but that is an affiliate link, which means I get a little commission but at no extra cost to you!


You can also AIR FRY these and I'll leave a LINK HERE for my Air Fryer recommendation. They aren't as decadent when you air fry them, but they are still SUPER TASTY so if you prefer to Air Fry, definitely give it a go!


The Po' Boys that I made with the Fried Oyster Mushrooms were definitely my favorite! I'll leave a recipe for my Remoulade so you can make some yourself! All you need is some lettuce, tomato and a roll. I recommend doing smaller pieces of oyster mushrooms for this as well. My non-vegan neighbor said it was one of his favorite things I've made too!


And here's a handy dandy video to show you how to make these too!



Tips for Fried Oyster Mushrooms.

  • Use an electric Deep Fryer like this FryDaddy.

  • If not using an electric deep fryer, get a deep fry thermometer. You can use a different one if you fry in a pan, but for my money, the deep fry thermometer has been a big help. I like to fry at 375° F.

  • Use a wire rack after frying to prevent the chick'n from steaming itself and getting soggy. You can also keep the Fried Chick'n warm in the oven on a wire rack. Just set the oven to lowest setting possible. Mine goes down to 170° F as an example.

  • Don't use olive oil to fry. You need to use something with a high smoke point, I usually fry with peanut or vegetable oil.

  • For the vegan buttermilk, really let the plant-milk and vinegar sit for a good 5 -10 minutes. I have found that different plant-milks will thicken more or less. If it's not thick enough, add some more vinegar.

  • The seasoning for the dry mix is something you can and should tailor to your tastes! I personally like using a Cajun Seasoning.

  • Shake off the excess flour and batter when you dredge.

  • Make sure you press the flour into the chick'n so it sticks!

  • You can freeze these for later, just Air Fry to reheat (I would do it at 380° in 5 - 6 minute increments and check until it's heated through). Or if using an oven, preheat to 400° F and let the Chick'n sit at room temperature while the oven heats up. Then cook on a wire rack for 10 - 15 minutes.


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Below is a recipe for Deep Frying, followed by the instructions for Air Frying! You can also use the same technique for Air Frying with THIS RECIPE.


RECIPE

For Deep Frying

Makes about 6 - 8 servings

  • 8 oz Oyster Mushrooms

  • 1 cup plant milk

  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce

  • 1 Tbsp pickle brine (from a pickle jar)

  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 2 Tbsp baking powder

  • 2 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning (or any all purpose seasoning you like)

Remoulade

Makes extra sauce (you won't be mad)

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Mayo

  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

  • 1 Tbsp Pickle Brine (from a pickle jar)

  • 1 Tbsp Hot Sauce

  • 1 tsp Prepared Horseradish

  • 1 tsp Cajun Seasoning

  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)


Cajun Mayo

  • 1-2 Tbsp vegan mayo

  • Splash of white vinegar

  • Cajun Seasoning to taste


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine ingredients for Cajun Mayo or Remoulade and set aside in fridge.

  2. Prepare your dredging station. Combine the plant milk, hot sauce, pickle brine and apple cider vinegar in one bowl, let it sit for 5-10 minutes to form the buttermilk. Make sure it's thick enough to stick to the chick'n, if not, add more vinegar. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and cajun seasoning in another bowl.

  3. Heat up oil to 375° F either in an electric deep fryer, or a dutch oven with a deep fry thermometer.

  4. If you want to tear up your mushrooms into smaller pieces while the oil heats up, this is a good time to do so!

  5. Once oil is up to 375° F, dredge your mushrooms first in the wet mixture, then dry, and then repeat to double dredge, shaking off any excess flour and batter. Place carefully in oil and let it fry until golden brown. Let it rest on a wire rack. Repeat until all your chick'n is fried.

  6. You can keep the fried mushrooms warm in an oven set to your lowest setting (mine went down to 170° F) or serve immediately (let them cool a bit though, you don't wanna burn your mouth off!)

  7. Serve up however you like, make a Po' Boy, a Popeyes Chick'n Sandwich, Nuggets, whatever you want!

  8. ENJOY!


RECIPE

For Air Frying

  • 8 oz Oyster Mushrooms

  • 1/2 cup plant milk

  • 1/2 Tbsp hot sauce

  • 1/2 Tbsp pickle brine (from a pickle jar)

  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

  • 1 Tbsp baking powder

  • 1 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning (or any all purpose seasoning you like)


INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Combine ingredients for Cajun Mayo and or Remoulade and set aside in fridge.

  2. Prepare your dredging station. Combine the plant milk, hot sauce, pickle brine and apple cider vinegar in one bowl, let it sit for 5-10 minutes to form the buttermilk. Make sure it's thick enough to stick to the chick'n, if not, add more vinegar. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and cajun seasoning in another bowl.

  3. Take a piece of parchment paper and poke some holes in it with a chopstick (or something else you can't accidentally stab yourself with).

  4. If you are gonna preheat your Air Fryer, make sure you don't put the parchment paper inside or else it will fly up into the coils and cause a FIRE! NOOO!!!

  5. Line the Air Fryer with the parchment paper.

  6. Now dredge your vegan chick'n in the wet mixture and then the dry. You only need to do a single dredge for this.

  7. Add the chick'n to the Air Fryer, making sure not to crowd it. You don't want any of the pieces touching each other.

  8. Spray them with some oil, then flip and spray again. You want to make sure you don't see any dry flour.

  9. Air Fry at 380° F for 6 minutes. Then flip and spray them, making sure to spray any dry flour you see. Repeat this process until they are at your desired doneness!

  10. ENJOY!


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