King Oyster Mushroom Steak

King oyster mushrooms have a meaty texture and a distinct aroma that set them apart from other mushrooms. This "steak" recipe is a great way to showcase the versatility of this mighty mushroom!

King Oyster Mushroom Steak
Photographed by Takeshi Noguchi

Recipe by
Eiko Oba







Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 4 king oyster mushrooms (large) (280 g)
  • 5 cm daikon radish (grated) (150 g)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Ponzu soy sauce, as needed
  • Shichimi seven spice, to taste



Trim the ends of the king oyster mushrooms. Cut lengthwise in half and make shallow diagonal slits all the way down the rounded sides. Put the grated daikon radish in a strainer to lightly drain.


Heat the olive oil in a frying pan placed over medium heat. Place the king oyster mushrooms cut-side down in the pan. Place a flat lid that's slightly smaller than the pan directly on top of the mushrooms. Cook for around 3 minutes. Remove the lid and turn the mushrooms over. Put the lid back on top and cook for approx. 3 more minutes. Once the mushrooms have started to sweat, remove the lid and cook over high heat until the liquid has evaporated.


Placing a lid directly on the mushrooms presses them down in the pan, making them brown more easily. Burn off the moisture over high heat to give the mushrooms a nice texture and an enticing aroma.


Plate and top with grated daikon radish. Sprinkle with shichimi seven spice to taste, and serve with ponzu soy sauce.


[Tips for choosing king oyster mushrooms]
- Wrinkled caps and skinny stems indicate that the mushrooms are not fresh.
- Ideal mushrooms are plump and have smooth caps and thick white stems. Choose ones similar in size to make cooking easy.

[To store]
- Place the mushrooms, plastic tray and all, in a plastic bag to keep their shape intact. They will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.
- If the mushrooms do not come in a tray or package, wipe them dry and place in a food storage bag before refrigerating.

[Do not rinse king oyster mushrooms]
This will ruin both their flavor and texture. Use a paper towel to wipe off any visible dirt or debris.