Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushrooms)

As I grew up in Hong Kong, fish and seafood were highlighted in almost every meal. I had a serious seafood craving when I first got into the vegetarian/vegan diet. As a result, I always search for alternative recipes for my seafood craving.

I have created a vegan calamari which is made from the oyster mushrooms coated in batter and seasoned with salt, black pepper, garlic and paprika (for extra spice). It is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It’s ideal for an appetiser, beer pairing or party food.

Why not share this recipe with your meat eater or pescetarian friends, see if they’re impressed?

Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushroom)

Shred the oyster mushrooms by hand into a mixing bowl and gently mix with salt, black pepper, paprika powder and minced garlic.

Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushroom)

Combine the almond milk, flour and salt in a small bowl, mix well and set aside.

Place 6 tbsp of flour onto a plate.

Arrange your worktop so you have all ingredient lined up in the right order, mushrooms, batter then flour.

Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushroom)

Pour about 3cm of vegetable oil into a saucepan and heat on high.

Insert a wooden spoon into the oil. When you see the oil bubble around the spoon it is fully heated. Then turn the heat down to medium ready for deep frying.

Take a piece of oyster mushroom, dip it into the batter and coat with flour, Put it gently into the boiling oil.

Do not pour them all in at one go as they will stick together. Slowly fry 4-5 pieces at a time.

Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushroom)

When you see they’ve turned a nice golden colour, they are ready. Place them on to oil absorbing paper or kitchen towel for removing the excess oil.

Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushroom)

This vegan calamari recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. You can serve it with freshly squeezed lime juice, ketchup, vegan mayonnaise or Thai sweet chilli sauce. It is light, crispy and absolutely yummmmmmmmy!!

This recipe was created for Veahero, a cool new (free!) meal planning platform for vegans and vegetarians.

If you have followed and made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and take a picture, tagging it with #k33_kitchen and share it on Instagram! I’d be very excited to see what you come up with. Cheers, hope you enjoy my recipes!

Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushroom)
Deep fried vegan calamari (oyster mushroom)

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Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 2

Prep.: 5 mins | Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients:

Mushroom

  • 100g oyster mushrooms, shredded by hand
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of paprika powder
  • 1/2 small garlic, minced

Liquid mixture

  • 4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Coating

  • 6 tbsp plain flour

Vegetable oil for frying

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Instructions:
  1. Gently mix the shredded oyster mushrooms with salt, pepper, paprika powder and minced garlic in a mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. Combine the almond milk, flour and salt in a small bowl, mix well and set aside.
  3. Place 6 tbsp of flour on a plate.
  4. Arrange your worktop so you have a bowl of shredded oyster mushrooms, a liquid mixture and a plate of plain flour next to each other.
  5. Pour about 3cm of vegetable oil into a small non-stick saucepan and heat on high.
  6. Insert a wooden spoon into the oil. When you see the oil bubble around the spoon it is fully heated. Then turn the heat down to medium ready for deep frying.
  7. Take a piece of oyster mushroom, dip it into the batter and coat with flour, Put it gently into the boiling oil.
  8. Repeat the same process for each piece, frying only 4-5 pieces at the same time. Don’t pour them all at one go as they will stick together.
  9. When you see they turn into a nice golden colour, they are ready.
  10. Place the deep-fried mushrooms on a tray with oil-absorbing cooking paper or kitchen towel and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Serve with freshly squeezed lime juice and your preferred flavour sauce (sweet chilli sauce, ketchup, vegan mayonnaise or vegan sour cream… etc.).
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Christie
Christie
11 months ago
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I made this last night but without shredding the mushrooms – I just cut any big ones in half. Makes it much easier to dip in the batter. I also added some Chinese 5 spice to the seasoning and used garlic powder instead of minced garlic – and probably doubled or tripled the amounts of all spices – and put it into a container with the mushrooms, put a lid on it, and shook it heaps to coat the mushrooms. The end result was SO GOOD!!!!! Really really tasty and great texture. The batter was perfect on it. I just… Read more »

jess
jess
3 years ago
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Love this. Really tasty, a great way to cook our home grown mushrooms.

Blanch
Blanch
3 years ago
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I’m new at cooking in general. But I tried this out as part of my vegetarian journey, and it turned out superb 🤩 Thank you for sharing this beautiful dish.

El
El
3 years ago
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Didn’t love this recipe – I got one batch in to frying, and had to pivot to a different method. The only seasoning is directly on the mushrooms, and it’s very hard for any of it to stick so most just lands in the bottom of the bowl. I added some sesame oil for this which helped somewhat. I also found the batter to be pretty bad, as it was tasteless without seasoning and very dense in texture. I ended up redoing the batter, using half flour and half corn starch, and adding garlic powder, s & p, and chili… Read more »

Gabby
Gabby
3 years ago
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Just made this and it’s really nice. I’ve shared this page with my friends because one of them is vegan and always trying to find new recipes. Thanks 🙂

Andrea Nauta
Andrea Nauta
3 years ago

Can these be air fried ??

Tony
Tony
1 year ago
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Hi, what[‘s the link to the popcorn chicken recipe? I can’t find it on the site.

Tony
Tony
1 year ago
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Can you post the link for the popcorn “chicken” recipe? I enjoyed the vegan calamari recipe!

Clare
Clare
4 years ago
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I’ve made this a couple times now. Thanks for the great recipe!

Clare
Clare
4 years ago
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Just made this! It turned out amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

Carol Whon
Carol Whon
5 years ago
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This looks interesting. I’ll give it a try this week.