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Oyster Mushroom Sautéed in Garlic

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Mushroom oyster sauteed

The oyster mushroom gets its name from its cap which, some say, resembles an oyster. The stem of the oyster mushrooms is perhaps more distinct; it unfurls something like one of those old-time paper lady’s fans.

The oyster mushroom has been cultivated in Asia for centuries. Today it is very popular in Japanese and Chinese cooking; it is usually stuffed or stir-fried.

The flavor of the oyster mushroom is somewhere between anise and oyster. The flavor mellows with cooking. Young oyster mushrooms, say 1½ inches in diameter or less, are considered the best eating.

Oyster Mushroom Sautéed in Garlic

Here is a delicious preparation for sautéed oyster mushrooms that takes less than 5 minutes including preparation time. You will find this a mild but flavorful meal or side dish. If you can’t find oyster mushrooms, choose another medium cap mushroom.


  • 2 cups oyster mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon finely sliced garlic
  • 5 or 6 sliced black olives
  • 4 teaspoons chopped parsley or parsley garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white wine


  1. Remove mushroom stems and slice the caps coarsley.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter. Sauté oyster mushrooms for 2 minutes.
  3. Add shallots, olives, garlic, and parsley, then season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute longer stirring. Add white wine, heat for 30 seconds and serve.

Courses Side Dish

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Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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