Lobster Mushroom Stir-Fry Recipe

Lobster mushrooms are easy to cook and offer a flavor like no other - which is why we like to use them classic recipes like this stir-fry. Despite their name, lobster mushrooms don’t really taste like lobster, but their flavor does toe the line between mushroom and seafood. Only make this recipe if you’re looking for something delicious, surprising, and a little wild.
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
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Lobster Mushroom Stir-Fry Ingredients
- 1 lb lobster mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cooked rice, for serving


Step 1 - Rinse lobster

Rinse the lobster mushrooms under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Trim any tough stems and slice the mushrooms into thin strips.

Step 2 - Prepare the vegetables

Thinly slice the onion, mince the garlic cloves, and julienne the red bell pepper. Slice the green onions for garnish.

Step 3 - Cooking instructions

Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and swirl it around to coat the pan evenly.

Step 4 - Add garlic and onions

Add the onion and garlic to the skillet, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned.

Step 5 - Add remaining ingredients

Add the lobster mushrooms and red bell pepper to the skillet, and stir-fry for another 5 minutes until the mushrooms have softened and the bell pepper is slightly tender.

Step 6 - Prepare the sauce

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Pour the sauce over the mushrooms and bell pepper, stirring well to coat evenly.

Step 7 - Continue to cook

Continue to stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly and coats the vegetables.

Step 8 - Add garnish

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the sliced green onions, reserving some for garnish.

Step 9 - Serve with rice

Remove the skillet from heat and serve the lobster mushroom stir-fry over a bed of cooked rice.

What are lobster mushrooms?

Lobster mushrooms are not actually a type of mushroom, but rather a unique parasitic fungus that grows on other mushrooms. They get their name from their vibrant red and orange color, which resembles the shell of a cooked lobster (their aroma can also be quite oceany when dried). Lobster mushrooms can be found in forests around the world, often growing on other fungi such as Russula or Lactarius species. Despite not being a mushroom themselves, lobster mushrooms are popular among foragers and chefs for their firm texture and rich umami flavor, which is said to resemble that of seafood.

What do lobster mushrooms taste like?

Lobster mushrooms, despite their name, do not taste like lobster (although they do have a seafood-like aroma when dried). Some compare the taste to that of cooked lobster, while others find it closer to a combination of mushrooms and seafood. The texture of lobster mushrooms is also distinct, with a firm and slightly chewy consistency that adds a pleasant mouthfeel to dishes. Overall, lobster mushrooms offer a delightful culinary experience, making them a popular choice among mushroom enthusiasts and chefs alike.

Where can I buy Lobster Mushrooms?

Great question – check out our marketplace where you can buy lobster mushrooms directly from foragers and cultivators! 

Read more here about lobster mushrooms.

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