King oyster mushrooms are the royal family of mushrooms. Their large, thick stems and meaty texture make them uniquely suited for cooking methods that showcase their hearty, umami-rich flavor. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook king oyster mushrooms in 2 different ways.

1. How To Cook King Oyster Mushrooms Sauteed


  • 1 lb king oyster mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, diced (optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Clean the king oyster mushrooms by gently wiping with a damp cloth or paper towel. Trim off the very end of the stems if dried out. Slice the mushrooms into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil or butter.

Add the garlic and shallot (if using) to the skillet. Sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.

Add the mushroom slices in a single layer to the skillet. Let cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes to help get a sear on the first side.

Add the fresh thyme and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes total, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are lightly browned.

Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. The king oysters are ready when lightly caramelized but still maintaining a tender bite.

Serve immediately and enjoy! 

2. How To Cook King Oyster Mushrooms in Soup


  • 1 lb king oyster mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Clean the mushrooms by wiping with a damp cloth or quickly rinsing to remove any dirt. Slice off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch stem which can be woody. Then slice the mushrooms into 1/4 inch thick slices.

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

Pour in the broth and add the carrots, celery, bay leaf, thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add the sliced king oyster mushrooms. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the mushrooms are tender.

Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top with fresh parsley or green onions if desired. Enjoy!

The next time you come across king oyster mushrooms at the market or store, bring some home to sauté or cook them in soup up these easy recipes. Their regal, steak-like texture and earthy flavors make them a versatile ingredient for everyday to gourmet meals. 

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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