Pink Oyster Mushrooms taste very similar to bacon- even when you cook them in something as simple as coconut oil and sea salt. This recipe has you coat your pink oyster mushroom in flavored oil to help it crisp up and really take on a bacon flavor!
The result is crispy, meaty, and smoky; it’s perfect addition to your plant-based BLT!
The Bacon Flavored Mushroom
Pink oyster mushrooms are a unique mushroom that tastes very similar to bacon- on its own!
It is delicious fried with coconut oil and sea salt. This recipe takes that mushroom a step further by increasing the sweetness and smokiness of the mushroom. This simple ‘bacon sauce’ is tossed onto your mushrooms and air fried to be crispy. The center of the mushroom remains moist and chewy while the edges are extra crispy.
Where to find Pink Oyster Mushrooms
Growing your own pink oyster mushrooms is going to be the best way to get your hands on them. They aren’t a common mushroom and most grocery stores won’t carry them. It takes about 2 weeks for the mushrooms to grow- it’s a fun and gorgeous process!
I was gifted these North Spore kits and they worked great for me! I also have found some great mushroom grow kits at the farmer’s market.
Can I use a Different Mushroom for Bacon?
While you’ll get the best flavor with pink oyster mushrooms you can totally use another variety of oyster mushroom! Trumpet Mushrooms or King Oyster Mushrooms work great since you can slice them horizontally. They’ll have a meatier more mushroom flavor compared to the pink.
I don’t recommend portabella, cremini, or lions’ mane for this. The flavor will not be the same, but you can experiment to make those mushrooms taste slightly more bacon-y.
What to do With it?
This mushroom bacon can be eaten on its own, it’s delicious! Otherwise it is incredible in a BLT like pictured below. It’s great anywhere where you would traditionally eat bacon! I love it minced over pasta, stuffed in wraps, over burgers, and other sandwiches!
Looking for other Vegan Mushroom Recipes?
- Oyster Mushroom Jerky has all the savory, meaty flavors while delivering that chewy and hearty bite; this oyster mushroom jerky is just addicting! This recipe is super simple for creating a healthy yet meaty snack!
- Roasting Hen of the Woods or maitake is very simple and extra crispy in the air fryer or the oven!
This maitake recipe is quick to make and is a healthy snack on its own or the perfect topping for a buddha bowl, salad, ramen, or even added to your favorite burrito or wrap!
- Air fried Shredded Mushrooms are a fantastic addition to any recipe, and a great snack on their own.
This is a recipe to convert mushroom haters or the pickiest of eaters; this is my favorite mushroom recipe of all time!
- Lobster Mushroom Mac and Cheese is easy, creamy, cheesy, salty, goodness. In this recipe you will infuse the lobster mushrooms in butter to then add to the cheese sauce. Not only will you get bites of lobster mushroom but the sauce itself will taste lobstery, creamy, and cheesy!
- Matsutake Rice is one of the best ways to cook the wild pine mushroom! The delicate flavors of matsutake is the highlight of this dish, with depth and complexity coming from the addition of dashi.
Oyster Mushroom Bacon
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together your sauce
- Rip the mushrooms into strips and evenly coat in the sauce
- Air fry at 400 F for 8-10 minutes depending on how crispy you like itYou could also oven bake this, but cook it for a little longer and flip it halfway through.
@jess.flowers From mushroom grow kit to plant based BLT! Air frying mushrooms helps you get a very crispy result- yet the center remains chewy and meaty. This is my favorite way to prepare mushrooms- and its makes a fantastic sandwich! Thank you @northspore for gifting me the mushroom kits! #growingmushrooms #oystermushroom #slowliving #pinkoystermushrooms #northspore #veganbacon #mushroombacon #veganrecipes #homecooking #gardentoplate ♬ La Vie En Rose – Emily Watts
I grew my mushrooms from a grow kit (which is super easy!) because most grocery stores don’t sell pink oyster mushrooms. It’s a fun process and worth it for the bacon flavor!