Recipes for your oyster mushroom

Tacos filled with oyster mushrooms and topped with pomegranate seeds.

Do you need some inspiration for how to serve and enjoy your home-grown oyster mushroom to your team?

You've come to the right place!

How much mushroom will fruit depends on several factors: how well the mycelium was dispersed throughout the straw, how much time the mycelium had to grow and gather nutrients, and how moist (sorry if you don't like that word!) the fungus has been kept during the fruiting period.

So this means you may have to adjust your expectations around how mushroom you will have to cook with. We have tried to give you some suggestions that cater for all occasions.

One or two mushrooms

Add to a pizza

  • Buy or prepare your own pizza
  • Cut your mushroom(s) into thin slices
  • Add to the top of the pizza
  • Cook as per instructions, serve and enjoy!

Mushroom on toast canap├ęs

  • Get two slices of bread, lightly toast one side
  • Cut your mushroom(s) into thin slices
  • Cover the untoasted sides of bread with the mushroom slices
  • Add flavourings as the mood takes you e.g. marmite, Worcestershire sauce, cheese etc.
  • Put the slices under a grill for a few minutes until the mushrooms have browned
  • Cut into small triangles, arrange on a plate, serve and enjoy!
Three or four mushrooms

Add to a stir fry

  • Get the ingredients for a stir fry, without the protein
  • Slice your mushrooms and have them ready
  • Cook the stir fry ingredients as you would normally
  • At the right moment, add your mushrooms
  • Get some small plates, serve out enough for everyone and enjoy!

Add to a risotto

  • Get the ingredients for a risotto
  • Slice your mushrooms and have them ready
  • Cook the risotto as you would normally
  • At the right moment, add your mushrooms
  • Get some small plates or bowls, serve out enough for everyone and enjoy!
Five or six mushrooms

Recipe developer and food stylist, Mica Francis-Angel, kindly developed some recipes just for our fungus labs... click the links here and below for the full details:

Loads of mushrooms!

Mushroom soup
(This has been adapted from a BBC good food recipe)

  • Slice your mushrooms thinly, or chop them into even smaller bits, depending on how you like your soup
  • Chop up a small onion and some garlic
  • Melt about 45g of butter and add the onion and garlic, cook until soft
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes on a high heat
  • Sprinkly over a tablespoon of flour and mix well
  • Pour in 500ml of chicken or vegetable stock, bring to the boil; add a bay leaf and seasoning and leave to simmer for 10 minutes
  • Get some small bowls and ladle out enough for everyone, enjoy!
No mushrooms :(

If your fungus lab did not successfully produce any mushrooms, then don't worry, we hope you still had fun with your fungus! And you can always pick up some mushrooms from the local shop...

Or try a mushroom-growing kit, where a lot of mycelium preparation has been done for you.

If you have any suggestions for how to serve your oyster mushrooms, add a comment below.

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