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Mushroom Calamari: The Best Vegan Calamari Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Shira Feldman – @shirafeldman
With each satisfying crunch, you'll savor the umami-rich essence of this vegan calamari recipe. Paired with a tangy aioli dip, the vibrant flavors meld together, creating a captivating symphony on your palate!
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1.3 pounds/600 grams (1.3 pounds/600 grams) king oyster mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups (180 g) bread crumbs



  • Slice the stems of the mushrooms into thick slices. Using a small ring, cut out circles from the center of each mushroom slice.
  • In a bowl, prepare the batter by combining the flour, water, coarse salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and sweet paprika. Mix well.
  • Dip each mushroom slice into the batter, ensuring it is coated evenly. Then transfer the coated mushrooms to a separate bowl with the bread crumbs, and coat them thoroughly.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the coated mushrooms until they turn a golden brown color. Alternatively, you can bake them in a preheated oven at 355 ℉ (180 ℃) for 20 minutes.
  • Serve the crispy mushrooms on the side with your preferred sauce. We recommend a delightful aioli dip made with mustard and garnished with scallions.


Vegan Calamari Recipe
Credit: Shira Feldman

King oyster mushrooms health benefits

Nutrient-rich: Oyster mushrooms are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including B-vitamins (such as niacin and pantothenic acid), potassium, copper, iron, and selenium. These nutrients play crucial roles in supporting overall health and promoting proper bodily functions.

Immune system support: Oyster mushrooms possess immune-boosting properties. They contain beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can enhance the activity of immune cells, helping to strengthen the body’s defenses against infections and diseases.

Antioxidant power: These mushrooms are a rich source of antioxidants, including ergothioneine and glutathione. Antioxidants help protect the body against oxidative stress caused by harmful free radicals, thereby reducing the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and age-related conditions.

How does mushroom calamari compare to traditional calamari?

Oyster mushroom calamari offers a similar texture and flavor experience to traditional calamari. The king oyster mushrooms have a meaty and chewy texture that can resemble the texture of squid. When prepared with the right seasonings and cooking methods, this vegan calamari recipe can be a satisfying and delicious substitute for the traditional dish.

Vegan Calamari Recipe
Credit: Shira Feldman

What are the common ingredients used to make this vegan calamari recipe?

The common ingredients used to make this vegan recipe include oyster mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms, tofu, and various vegetables like zucchini or eggplant. These ingredients are often sliced or shaped to mimic the appearance and texture of calamari rings made out of squid.

Vegan Calamari Recipe
Credit: Shira Feldman

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