With a fraction of the calories, Air Fried Oyster Mushrooms (also known as Vegan Oyster Mushroom Fried Chicken) are deliciously crispy. Healthy, splatter-free, and extremely addictive!

These Air Fried Oyster Mushrooms (also known as Vegan Oyster Mushroom Fried Chicken) are so good that there are no spills and they’re lighter and healthier! You’ll enjoy the addictive crispy crunchy bits that are made in the air fryer, inspired by Japanese chicken karaage, and are flawlessly golden crunchy all over while having a fraction of the calories.a true hit with the masses!



  1. Blue, golden, or grey pearl oyster mushrooms, weighing nine ounces
  2. Buttermilk without dairy
  3. 1.5 cups almond or soy milk, unsweetened
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice and additional lemon for serving
  5. Apply avocado oil

Coating ingredients:

  1. ½ cup tapioca starch, or potato starch (not flour)
  2. 10 tbsp white rice flour
  3. 1.25 tsp coarse sea salt
  4. 1 tsp each of garlic and onion powders

Bang bang sauce:

  1. 1/3 cup mayonnaise,
  2. 3 tablespoons rice vinegar,
  3. 1 teaspoon spicy sauce (I use Frank’s original), and 0.2 ounces About
  4. 1 large bulb of chopped or crushed garlic
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  6. 1.5 tablespoons ketchup 
  7. 2 pinches of coarse sea salt



  1. Preparation: Pat the oyster mushrooms dry using a paper towel (do not wash them), cut off the bottom tip end, and split the huge clusters into large, flat pieces with your hands.
  2. Soak: Let the mushrooms sit in a big dish of vegan buttermilk for fifteen to twenty minutes. Don’t throw away the milk. For the following step, save it.
  3. Coating: Set up two bowls: one for the starch and the other for the rice flour, salt, powdered onion, and garlic. The mushrooms should be gently dripped from the buttermilk, dipped in starch, returned to the buttermilk, and finally coated in rice flour. As you work through the pieces, you can arrange them on a large plate.
  4. air fry: Pre-heat the fryer to 400°F (204°C) for an air fry.To air fry, preheat the fryer for five minutes at 400°F (204°C). Apply avocado oil on the basket. Arrange the oyster mushrooms so they are not overlapping in a single layer. Douse the mushrooms in oil. Ensure that all sides are sprayed and that no white areas remain.
    Air fryer at 380°F (193°C) for 10 minutes, flip the mushrooms and spray with another thin layer of oil and air fry 6-8 minutes on the flip side. Check after 6 minutes. Do this in 2 separate batches.
  5. Cooling rack: Rest the fried mushrooms on a cooling rack as you work through the second batch.
    Enjoy them right away with bang bang sauce on the side



  • When choosing oyster mushrooms, search for big chunks and clusters that don’t show any symptoms of wilting.
  • Avoid using water to rinse the mushrooms. To clean and clear them of any filth, use a paper towel.
    Soy milk seems to be the most effective for making vegan buttermilk, in my experience. Next on the list is almond milk.
  • A dip in the hierarchy: The proper order to dip the mushrooms is starch, buttermilk, then rice flour. The texture is light and airy thanks to rice flour.
  • Shake out the access: Shake out the access following the mushroom coating. The coating need to be uniform, neither excessively thin nor thick.
  • Apply avocado oil spray: Lightly coat the air fryer basket and all sides of the mushrooms with oil. To ensure that the mushrooms fry uniformly, make sure there are no white areas.
  • Don’t fill the basket too full. Avoid lining up the mushrooms. Batch-air fried them.
  • The brand of air fryer determines the temperature difference. The mushrooms should be crisply coated and have a golden brown final colour.



This vegan oyster mushroom fried chicken recipe tastes the best when it’s fresh and hot out of the air fryer. If you do have leftovers, the best way to reheat them is to send them back to the air fryer for a couple of minutes on each side. I do not recommend heating them in the microwave.



  • Oyster mushrooms are comparatively cleaner than other mushrooms since they truly grow on trees, as opposed to other mushrooms that are cultivated in mud.
  • Dust or grime can be removed using a fresh paper towel. Avoid giving them a water rinse. Trim the bottom tip end if it looks dry or dirty.
  • For large clusters, carefully use your hands to separate the cluster into large pieces.


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