Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

Mushrooms in oyster sauce is a quick and easy, delicious 10-minute stir-fry that pairs well with a side of rice.

Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

Today we’re making a quick and easy stir-fry of mushrooms in oyster sauce. This recipe highlights the wonderful and unique flavor of oyster sauce so if you’re a fan, read on. I’ve paired it with the sweetness of thick soy sauce and finished it with a drizzle of smoky sesame oil.

It pairs well with a protein and a side of rice and cooks in less than 10 minutes. You can do this in either a regular frying pan or a wok if you own one. I firmly believe they bring out the best in stir-fries. There’s just something about tossing something in the wok that is rewarding in itself. But back to the recipe, let’s get started.

Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce


Mushrooms: You can use any kind of mushrooms you like, although my number one choice would always be portobello followed closely by cremini. There’s something magical about the meaty texture of portobello that makes you feel like you’re eating more than a mushroom.  

Thick/sweet soy sauce: This soy sauce is thicker with a consistency like molasses, darker, and sweetened with sugar. I like using the ABC brand of Kicap Manis which literally translates to ‘sweet soy sauce’. Besides adding sweetness to a dish, it also adds color.

Oyster sauce: You can’t substitute this with anything else. It has a very unique flavor and brand selection is important or you’ll end up with a subpar and totally different taste from how it should be. My go-to brand for oyster sauce is the Lee Kum Kee panda brand. I do not suggest shopping for the oyster sauce in the ethnic aisle of your regular grocery store. I’ve tried some brands they keep there and it was completely different from the flavor profile I grew up with and love.

Sesame oil: This is a finishing oil, not the kind of oil you cook with. It’s intended to add a smoky flavor to the finished dish so a light drizzle at the tail end of the stir-fry is all you need. My favorite brand for this one is Kadoya sesame oil.

Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

You can make plenty of other things with oyster sauce once you invest to add it to your pantry. it goes great with Asian-inspired vegetables like baby kailan in oyster sauce or with an ambitious but rewarding dish like happy family stir-fry. It also goes great with noodles like soy sauce noodles, ginger and beef noodles, or sesame noodles.

And that’s it. Enjoy and happy eating 🙂

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Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2


Mushrooms in oyster sauce is a quick and easy, delicious 10-minute stir-fry that pairs well with a side of rice.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups shiitake/oyster/black/portobello mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon thick/sweet soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth/water from soaking the mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. If needed, soak the mushrooms in warm water for 15 minutes, reserving the liquid. If the mushrooms are large, cut into quarters.
  2. Over medium-high heat, saute garlic and ginger in some oil until fragrant.
  3. Add mushrooms and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar and chicken broth, stirring to combine.
  5. Once the sauce starts bubbling, pour in cornstarch mixture.
  6. When the sauce has thickened, remove from heat and drizzle with sesame oil.
  7. Dish and serve hot.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins

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  • Reply
    November 15, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Quick, easy and very flavorful. Made without ginger and used regular soy sauce and it still turned out excellent with my oyster mushrooms and tofu. Thanks

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      November 17, 2021 at 1:51 PM

      Oyster mushrooms are perfect and tofu is a great addition. Thanks for sharing, DT!

  • Reply
    Reena Bansal
    September 1, 2020 at 9:10 AM

    I just made this tonight. It was a hit!
    I love that it was a quick and easy recipe yet full of flavour.
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 14, 2020 at 8:27 AM

      You’re welcome! I love oyster sauce so any excuse to use it with veggies 🙂

  • Reply
    May 3, 2020 at 3:40 AM

    We loved this. It is absolutely delicious. I am making it again tomorrow.

  • Reply
    January 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    I just made this tonight and served it with some green tea noodles and a salad and it was a great hit! Thank you for the recipe. As a beginner, I really appreciated the ease of this one.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 14, 2021 at 12:06 PM

      Wow, green tea noodles sound amazing. I’ve had all manner of noodles but I’ve never tried green tea noodles before. Thanks for trying it out and I’m happy this was easy to pick up. 🙂

  • Reply
    Guy Anthony De Marco
    May 18, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Just made this last night. Turned out great. Added onions and some leftover teriyaki pork roast.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 14, 2021 at 12:07 PM

      Thanks for trying it out. Topping with some fried shallots is also a great idea. Sorry for the super late reply!

  • Reply
    Ukky chan
    July 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    What oil did you stir fry them in? If anything other then peanut oil, that could be the missing secret ingredient.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 19, 2018 at 5:58 PM

      I usually stir-fry with vegetable oil. Haven’t tried peanut oil yet.

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