Oyster mushrooms are the mushroom you need to be eating more of. They’re packed with nutrition, quick to cook, and make for the best vegetarian pulled pork substitute.
Oyster mushrooms tend to have a subtle, savory anise flavor. Because their flavor is mild, they work well in a range of different dishes. Oyster mushrooms also take on a tender, pleasing texture when cooked. Cooking methods like frying, roasting, and grilling can retain more texture in the mushrooms while braising and sautéing makes them softer.
While you can eat oyster mushrooms raw and they can be quite pretty added to salads, they tend to have a slightly metallic flavor when uncooked. We recommend using oyster mushrooms for cooked dishes and using button mushrooms for salads and other raw dishes.
Like all mushrooms, oyster mushrooms act almost like sponges, soaking up any water they come into contact with. Don’t leave them sitting in water, even for the sake of cleaning them. Cultivated oyster mushrooms usually don’t need much cleaning—simply wipe off any bits here or there with a dry paper towel. A damp paper towel can be used on extra dirty mushrooms.