As with most mushrooms, you should not wash them and/or soak them — only pat them dry and remove any debris with a dampened towel. They cook relatively quickly, but if you’re doing a quick sauté, be sure not to crowd the pan or the mushrooms won’t take on any color.
They are even an excellent meat substitute for any vegetarians, vegans, or even carnivores that are looking to enjoy a meatless meal. Food & Wine even states that they’re an excellent substitute for the bacon in a BLT! Beyond that, they’re also incredible in pasta dishes, in stir-fried dishes, on pizzas, or — of course — as a stand-alone side, sautéed with butter, shallots, garlic, and thyme.
They offer antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and are said to “lower cholesterol levels and slow the spread of cancer,” according to Gro Cycle. They also contain riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and protein, according to The Spruce Eats.
Maybe skip over the eggplant or the plain white button mushrooms next time you’re looking to enjoy some veggies and purchase some oyster mushrooms instead. We bet you’ll love them.