Oyster Mushrooms with Garlic and Basil as You Like it

Have you ever tried oyster mushrooms? Many people describe them as having a “meaty” taste. I think they have the texture halfway between field mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms. I love them and I actually grow my own (read how I grow them using used coffee grinds). My favorite way to cook them is with garlic and basil, either French or Chinese style depending on my mood. Next time you get your hands on some oyster mushrooms, try out these ways of cooking them.

You’ll need:

  • Fresh oyster mushrooms

    a bowl of oyster mushrooms (you can also mix in or use other types of mushrooms in thick slices)

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • for French style:
    • a knob of butter
    • pinch of salt
  • for Chinese style:
    • a tablespoon of oil (use dark sesame oil if you have some)
    • a tablespoon of soy sauce

Follow these steps:

  1. Heat the fat in a frying pan on high heat until hot.
  2. Drop in garlic and fry until light golden in colour.
  3. Add oyster mushrooms and push them around the pan until they just started to sweat. (This will only take around a minute.)
  4. Add basil and salt or soy sauce.
  5. Quickly stir to combine and take it off the heat immediately.
  6. Serve immediately.

* If you can only find one type of sesame oil in your store, just grab it and use more or less depending on your taste.


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