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August 13, 2021

Cooking Mushrooms: 8 reasons Oyster Mushrooms are the ultimate plaything for foodies

For the foodie, Oyster mushrooms are playful, and work well with any cuisine, Learn about cooking mushrooms.

Playful in the kitchen, mushrooms are fun to cook!

We are called Ohau Gourmet mushrooms for a reason, that’s because, well …Oyster Mushrooms are considered gourmet! here are 8 things every foodie needs to know about them. Here’s a list of reasons why you should be cooking mushrooms.

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1. In a word, it’s all about the tsunami of umami. Mushrooms add a flavour that tends to be very satisfying. This makes them ideal to add in pasta sauce or a Rissoto to maintain a rich flavour and texture. In dishes that contain large amounts of meat, replace a quarter to a half of the meat with mushrooms to make a dish lower in calories and still taste delicious.

Texture & flavours

We often describe these gourmet mushrooms as being playful in the kitchen, because different cooking treatments can change their texture.

2. The Pink Oyster mushroom can be fried to become crispy (some people refer to this as vegan bacon as it’s probably the closest you’ll get). I often tell people to think of tacos for this, they are a perfect combination.

3. If you cook the Pinks in a stirfry, noodle dish or soap, they will become a chewier, fleshy (or meaty) texture. Perfect where you may have a plant-based meal, but require some “mastication” to move those flavours.

4. The Greys have flesh that is smooth, thick, and white. The texture is silken and tender, and its taste is mild and faintly sweet.


5. Grey Oyster mushrooms, I often describe as the chicken of mushrooms, in that any dish that requires chicken you can replace with them (or leave the chicken in as they pair beautifully).

6. Greys (and also the Pink Oyster Mushrooms) will pair really well with white meat, from Pork through to Fish. This opens up a whole lot of fun experimenting with their unique flavours and textures.

7. Both types of mushrooms are awesome in any Italian dish from pasta through to pizza. Also in any Asian dish (with the Chinese often using them whole in a soup like Tom Yum). Try using Pink Oyster Mushrooms on the top of a pizza to replace salami.

8. With the thicker stems of Greys, I like to use a fork to shred them, put them on a baking tray, drizzle with some oil, then add your secret herbs and spices. The idea is to make small burgers for sliders (so would be served on a bun), think pulled pork style. This is usually a technique used with the King Oyster mushroom, but alas, this is not allowed to be grown in New Zealand. So the thick stems of Greay Oyster mushrooms works well.

Bonus number 9. The nutritional value of mushrooms is closer to meat than a plant, so contain many things that are hard to get or completely missing from a plant-based diet. This subject is so deep and broad that it’s covered in separate articles, some of which are listed below.

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Further reading: why you should be cooking mushrooms

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