• These Crispy fried mushrooms are the new kids on the block!

    Tender mushroom strips fried to golden crunchy perfection and slathered in a glossy spicy sauce. Holy moly, am I the only one salivating right now? These crispy fried mushrooms are the ultimate comfort food and are just as good as fried chicken. BONUS: they can easily be made vegan! Perfect to serve as a pre-dinner snack, at movie nights or even in tacos or salads, these crispy fried mushrooms are everything you’ve been searching for.

    SERVES 4 / PREP TIME 20 min / COOK TIME 15 min


    • 5 large king oyster mushrooms

    For the dredge mix

    • 1 ½ cups flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 ½ tsp dried origanum
    • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
    • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
    • 1 ½  tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • 1 tsp dried thyme
    • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
    • Oil, for deep-frying

    For the wet mix

    • ½ cup flour
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • ¼ cup water

    For the spicy sauce

    • 150g butter
    • ¼ cup maple syrup
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • ½ tsp chilli powder


    1. Pull apart the mushrooms into strips or slice them into your desired shapes.

    2. Whisk the dredge ingredients together in a shallow dish. Combine the ingredients for the wet mix in a separate dish; season well and add a touch more water if the batter appears too thick.

    3. Working one piece at a time, toss the mushrooms in the wet mixture, allow any excess batter to drip off and then toss in dry ingredients until well coated. Place the coated mushrooms on a tray; repeat with remaining mushrooms.

    4. Heat oil in a large heavy-based frying pan. Deep-fry the mushrooms for 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp. Place on a wire rack with a tray underneath to catch any drips of oil.

    For the spicy sauce

    1. Melt together all the ingredients – add more cayenne pepper and chili powder if you’d like a stronger spicy kick. Brush sauce on mushrooms and enjoy!


    Vegan-ify your Crispy fried mushrooms!

    • Sub the buttermilk for 1 cup dairy-free milk and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Depending on the thickness of your butterm*lk, you may not need to add any water to your batter.
    • For the spicy sauce, use dairy-free butter or margarine. 

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    Sjaan is a food stylist and recipe developer for Food & Home. She aims to create mouth-watering images and exciting How To videos on our Instagram, hoping to inspire people to try new recipes and have fun in the kitchen.