King Oyster Mushroom Recipe

This shredded King Oyster Mushroom Recipe is perfect for tacos and a variety of other dishes. It is super easy to make, nutritious, and 100% plant-based. Make it for an easy Mexican-inspired weeknight dinner with a side of beans and rice or as a filling!

king oyster mushroom taco on a mexican plate.

King Oyster Mushroom Recipe for Tacos

What makes these tacos so unique? The type of mushroom! King oyster mushrooms have long, thick stems that shred perfectly into a meaty-like texture. Don’t expect them to taste just like meat, but do expect a great meaty texture and flavor! You can find these at Whole Foods, Lucky, Safeway, and most Asian markets.

Make these king oyster mushroom tacos for anyone and I can almost assure you that they’ll enjoy them just as much as regular tacos. I love to use this as a meat substitute for many dishes that call for shredded meat, such as quesadillas, enchiladas, “pulled pork” sandwiches, and more. Shredded king oyster mushrooms can be a filling for so many other dishes! They are also rich in nutrients and antioxidants in case you need another reason to try them 🙂

vegan oyster mushroom tacos.

How to Clean Oyster Mushrooms

Washing mushrooms doesn’t always have to involve water: They are porous, so they function as sponges, soaking up water, which makes it difficult to get them crispy in the cooking process. With that in mind, here are a few tips for getting your oyster mushrooms clean enough to cook:

  1. Use a paper towel. Wipe off the dirt with a damp paper towel or damp cloth if you find a lot of heavy residue on your mushrooms. Don’t go too heavy with the water or the pressure, as you don’t want to damage your mushrooms.
  2. Try a quick rinse. You shouldn’t have to give your mushrooms a deep cleaning. Instead, place them in a colander and rinse them briefly under running water if necessary.
  3. Use a mushroom brush. Use this specialty tool to brush off any excess dirt lightly. If you don’t have a mushroom brush, a pastry brush works just as well.

How to Shred King Oyster Mushrooms

  1. Take a fork and begin scratching the mushroom from the bottom to the top of the stem.
  2. Apply a bit of pressure but not too much, you want thin shreds so shred multiple times in the same spot if needed to thin the shreds out.
  3. Repeat until all mushrooms have been shredded.

How to cook this King Oyster Mushroom Recipe

  • For a little extra crispy shredded mushroom, I recommend using an air fryer or oven. Air fry at 375 F for 8-12 minutes depending on the desired texture. Be careful to not burn them as they are easy to burn!
  • For the absolute best mushroom tacos, marinate with sauce for a minimum of 30 minutes but preferably a few hours.
  • Add shredded mushrooms to burritos bowls, tacos, burritos, nachos, or a plate of rice and beans!
  • You can substitute the mushrooms for jackfruit too! Canned green jackfruit is best.
vegan oyster mushroom tacos.

Other Vegan Taco Recipes:

Vegan Carne Asda Tacos

Potato Chorizo Tacos (1-pan & super easy!)

Quesabirria Tacos

Easy Lentil Tacos

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King Oyster Mushroom Recipe

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 68 tacos 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This shredded King Oyster Mushroom Recipe is perfect for tacos and a variety of other dishes. It is super easy to make, nutritious, and 100% plant-based. Make it for an easy Mexican-inspired weeknight dinner with a side of beans and rice or as a filling!


  • 1 pound of King Oyster Mushrooms (about 6 medium mushrooms)

For sauce:

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce, tamari or salsa maggie
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 12 tbsp avocado oil

For tacos:

  • 810 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 small onion
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa of choice
  • Lime wedges


  1. Use a fork to shred king oyster mushrooms.
  2. Add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
  3. Turn a pan on medium-high heat and oil. Once the oil is hot, add shredded mushroom and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Add sauce/spices blend to the mushrooms and cook until golden brown or until the texture is to your preference.
  4. Warm-up tortillas on a skillet, and assemble your tacos.

Air Fryer option:

1. Follow steps 1-3 from above. Air fry for 8-10 minutes at 375 F until desired texture is achieved.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Tacos
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: vegan mushroom tacos, king oyster mushroom tacos, vegan carnitas recipe,

11 thoughts on “King Oyster Mushroom Recipe

  1. Morgan says:

    These are AMAZING & so easy. I’ve made them several times, and my vegan-averse husband even loves these.

  2. Lisa says:

    The best tacos I’ve ever had!! Honestly better than meat as it’s perfectly tender and doesn’t get stuck in your teeth like meat.

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  5. Elaine says:

    This was amazing!!! I made it with my husband and he loved it! We kept it in the fridge and he ate it all week. I had to use umami mushroom pack that I found at whole foods because the king mushrooms at Whole Foods didn’t look like her’s, but these did. They worked out great they shredded the same! I cook a recipe from this page once a week because nothing ever disappoints!!

    • Anna Rios says:

      Elaine this comment made my entire week! 🙂 Thank you for trying my recipes and I hope you get to make more of them for you and your husband. Mushrooms are incredible! If you have not tried the menudo recipe I highly recommend 😉

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