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Vegan shrimp, made from king oyster mushrooms.

The Best Vegan Shrimp Recipe

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This is the best vegan shrimp recipe! Made from king oyster mushroom stems! This vegan shrimp recipe is a great way to create your own vegan seafood dish at home.


for the “shrimp”

  • 4 large king oyster mushroom stems, sliced into scallop-sized pieces and soaked in warm water for about 15 minutes

for the breading

  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp coconut or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp JUST Egg (optional)
  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 TB garlic powder
  • 1 TB onion powder
  • 2 cups panko, plus more if needed
  • canola or grapeseed oil, for frying

for the bang bang sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 TB sriracha
  • the juice from one lime


to prepare the mushroom shrimp

  1. To shape king oyster mushroom stems into shrimp-like forms, start by slicing the stem into thick rounds, resembling scallop shapes. Then, visualize a wavy line similar to the dividing curve in a yin-yang symbol running through the center of each round.
  2. Carefully cut along this imagined wavy line to split each round into two pieces, each resembling the curved shape of a shrimp. The cuts don’t need to be perfectly symmetrical, as slight variations can make them look more like natural shrimp.

to prepare the breading

  1. In one bowl, add the rice flour.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the soy milk, vinegar and JUST Egg. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, garlic and onion powders, then gently mix it together with the wet mixture. If the mixture is too thick, add in a little more soymilk, and be sure not to overmix.
  3. In another bowl, add the panko.

to prepare the vegan shrimp

  1. Place several inches of oil into a small cast iron pot or deep fryer and heat to 325-350 degrees.
  2. Batter the vegan shrimp in small batches (I did them 3 or 4 at a time.) First, remove a mushroom from the water, press it into the rice flour, then dunk into the batter, let any excess drip off, then press it into the panko mixture until well and evenly coated.
  3. Drop the mushrooms into the hot oil and fry until golden. Transfer to paper towels to drain while you fry the rest of the mushrooms.
  4. Serve immediately with the bang bang sauce.


  • These reheat very well in an air fryer. Reheat in batches as desired. You can also douse the shrimp in some of the sauce before adding it to the air fryer for a different texture and crunch.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Battered, Deep Fried
  • Cuisine: American