Golden oysters mushrooms are everywhere right now, and perfect for bringing home and making mushroom steaks if you find some nice bug-free clusters.
When you find those perfect clusters, one of the best golden oyster mushroom recipes you can make is oyster mushrooms steaks. It also makes a great vegan mushroom recipe if you omit the ramp butter and use an herb sauce.
Wild Mushroom steaks are one of my favorite things to serve as a mushroom meat substitute, or as a compliment to meat as you'd serve a side of sauteed mushrooms. All you need is a cluster of fresh mushrooms, a weight, cooking oil, salt and pepper.
How to cook oyster mushroom steaks
It's easy to make. You cut the mushrooms into thick slices, then brown the whole cluster of mushrooms in a pan.
For the best result you really need to use a weight here to press the mushrooms against the pan. I use a bacon press but many things will work. Putting a pan on top of the mushrooms works too.
Cooking multiple steaks at once
I served mushrooms steaks first for a tasting dinner I did, and we had to do about 30 at once. Pressed for time, I put a baking sheet with a cast iron skillet on the mushrooms as they cooked on a flat top grill. If you want to make multiple steaks at a time use a pancake griddle and a cookie sheet with a heavy pan on top.
Other Mushroom Steaks
This is a good wild mushroom recipe for many different mushroom varieties. Here's a few others that work well. Cultivated varieties like king oyster mushrooms work, but I don't press them under a weight.
What to Serve with Oyster Mushroom Steaks
There's lots of things you can do with mushrooms steaks. Here's a few ideas of how I serve them.
- For a simple version, serve with a lemon wedge and a salad or cooked greens.
- Spread aioli or another creamy sauce, on the plate and put the mushroom steak on top.
- Spoon over an olive oil-based vinaigrette or infused butter is good too. Chimmichurri, salsa verde, melted ramp butter, and other herby things are great.
Cast Iron Oyster Mushroom Steaks (Vegan)
- 1 10-12 inch pan, preferably cast iron
- 2 4-6 oz very clean, clusters of oyster mushrooms wild or cultivated are both fine
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons ramp butter optional
- 8 oz cooked leafy greens like watercress
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Cooking Oyster Mushroom Steaks
- Heat the oil in a large pan on medium high heat.
- Add the clusters of oyster mushrooms and cook until lightly browned.
- Put a weight like a bacon press or another pan on top of the mushrooms and cook for a minute or two more until golden brown.
- Flip the mushrooms, put the weight back on and cook for a couple minutes more. Remove the press from the mushrooms, season the mushrooms lightly with salt and pepper, then serve.
Serving as pictured
- Warm the ramp butter if using. Arrange the mushrooms on top of a bed of cooked leafy greens, drizzle the ramp butter over, along with a squeeze of lemon juice, and serve.