Sunday, 11 January 2015

Oyster Mushrooms with Tofu

Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.


 Oyster mushrooms are my absolute favourite mushrooms so you can imagine how excited I was to actually have some growing in my kitchen.  No, I don't have an issue with my kitchen being dark and humid - I got a growing kit from GroCycle and after days and days watching them grow (at a rather impressive speed!) they are ready to harvest!

Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.


I could have easily added these to a stir fry or risotto as I have done in the past with oyster mushrooms but because I'd grown these myself I wanted a simple dish that let the mushrooms be the star of the show.  This recipe uses only 5 ingredients and takes minimal effort but is delicious either as a main course or a side dish.

Mix the soy sauce, water, sesame oil and miso paste until thoroughly combined.  Marinate the whole block of tofu for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 6 hours.  I flipped the tofu over every 15 minutes to make sure that the marinade was absorbed equally on each side.


Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.

Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.


Slice the oyster mushrooms into long strips.


Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.


For the tofu I used the griddle side of my George Foreman grill but you could use a regular griddle or a non-stick frying pan - basically anything flat and non-stick!  I used another frying pan for the mushrooms.  Both pans need to be hot!

Slice the tofu into slices about a centimetre thick and place on the griddle, flipping over after a few minutes or when each side is golden brown and slightly crispy.

While the tofu is cooking, fry the mushroom strips (without oil) until slightly brown and then add a couple of tablespoons of the marinade.  When the marinade has bubbled down to a thickish sauce take it off the heat.


Home grown oyster mushrooms (from GroCycle) with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.


Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.

Home grown oyster mushrooms with fried tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil. Pure umame!


You can pick up the flavours of the marinade but the mushrooms really stand out which is exactly the result I wanted!  I can't wait for my next "crop" to start sprouting - do you have a favourite oyster mushroom recipe that I could try next time?


Home grown oyster mushrooms with griddled tofu.  I wanted the mushrooms to be the star of the dish so used a simple marinade for the tofu using soy sauce, miso paste and sesame oil.

I ate this as a light dinner just on it's own - you could serve it with rice for a bigger meal or as a side dish or starter.

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