Kentucky Fried Mushrooms

This recipe is made by Tyana, an Industrial Design Master student at the TU/e and previously president of VSA (Vegan Student Association) Eindhoven.
"These fried oyster mushrooms are always a hit with my friends at dinner parties. This seemed like the perfect occasion to write out the simple recipe so others can enjoy them too! As a ‘bonus’ recipe I included a creamy, fresh, herby sauce that you can use as salad dressing, dip for chips or like I did here together with my fried oyster mushrooms on a little tortilla wrap for example."
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish


Fried Oyster Mushrooms

  • 2 cups oyster mushrooms
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plant milk or water
  • 2-3 tbsp (smoked) sriracha
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp (smoked) paprika powder
  • sunflower oil/frying oil enough to fry in

Optional Green Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan yoghurt or 1 whole avocado
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 hands cilantro, mint and/or parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil optional
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 3 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds (or nuts, like cashewsor walnuts)


Fried Oyster Mushrooms

  • Create a wet batter by mixing flour, spices, (smoked) sriracha and plant milk. (use more flour of milk to adjust the consistency; it should be thicker than a pancake batter but thinner than a cake batter).
  • Create a dry batter by mixing flour with (some of the) spices.
  • Use a fork to first dip the mushrooms into the wet batter first and then in the dry.
  • Shallow fry until golden, make sure to flip halfway through so both sides get a chance to fry. Using a pair of tongs or chopsticks helps.
  • Place on a paper towel or oven rack after taking them out of the pan and sprinkle with some salt.
  • Tip: You can re-use the oil you have used by filtering it through a coffee filter.

Optional Green Sauce

  • Roughly chop all your ingredients and remove any seeds.
  • Blend together in a blender or food processor until desired consistency.
  • Adjust ingredients as needed, going by the taste. E.g. you can add a sweet element like agave syrup or sugar if it is too bitter or add extra water or olive oil to thin it out.
  • Tip: You do not have to follow this exact recipe, this is a great basis for experimentation since there are endless combinations of similar components that will give a great result (e.g. adding chives, spring onion, avocado and replacing ingredients for what you have at home).


Here u can see me at one of our VSA potlucks where we all bring vegan food that we bought or made to share together.
Keyword kentucky fried mushrooms, potluck, snacks, vegan