This vegan shrimp tastes just like the real thing! Oyster mushrooms are coated in Panko breadcrumbs and Old Bay seasoning, then quickly fried until golden brown and crispy. This vegan shrimp is a total crowd-pleaser and will even have non-vegans reaching for more!
What Makes This Vegan Shrimp Recipe So Good
- It’s seasoned exactly how regular shrimp is, therefore tasting almost identical to the real thing! Oyster mushroom provide the perfect texture and a crispy coating gives them that irresistible crunch.
- Everyone loves this vegan shrimp, even avid seafood-eaters! Fool your friends, family, and even yourself with this vegan alternative to a much-loved classic.
- The vegan sriracha mayo is the perfect pairing to this delicious “shrimp.” While they taste great on their own, the simple vegan sriracha mayo takes this recipe to the next level!
Key Ingredients for Vegan Shrimp
King Oyster Mushroom Stalks – Not only do these mushrooms provide that shrimp-like texture, but when sliced they look especially similar to little shrimps! We use just the king oyster mushroom stalks for this recipe, therefore you can either discard the caps, use them in a stir-fry, or any other recipe you’d like.
Flour – Flour is used to create a batter as the base layer to these crispy vegan shrimp. I recommend using all purpose flour for this recipe, but if you’d like you could use gluten-free flour instead.
Panko Breadcrumbs – This light and airy breadcrumb is ideal in helping us achieve that incredible crispy exterior on our vegan shrimp. Panko breadcrumbs have a buttery flavor without containing any butter, making them a vegan’s best friend!
Vegan Mayonnaise – There are quite a few vegan mayonnaises on the market these days, and any one will work in the vegan sriracha mayo recipe! If you’re not vegan, but would still like to try this recipe, feel free to use regular mayonnaise instead.
- Keep a close eye on the vegan shrimp as it fries. Since they’re so small, they will fry quite quickly – a couple minutes per side is all they’ll need!
- Make sure none of the “shrimp” touch while frying, otherwise they risk getting stuck together. Just 1/4-inch apart is enough space for each piece to fry up evenly without disturbing one another.
- Adjust the vegan sriracha mayo to your spice-level! Start with just 1/2 tablespoon of sriracha for a mild dipping sauce, give it a taste and then work up from there.
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Our recipes are not necessarily low fat or low calorie, and we aren’t afraid of fat or carbs! Some of our recipes will be “skinny,” low carb, keto, paleo, dairy free, grain free, gluten free, Whole30, or vegan, and they will be labeled when they qualify for any of these diets. All our recipes are easy and family friendly!
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- Small bowls (2)
- Large pan
For the Vegan Shrimp
- 8 ounces king oyster mushroom stalks
- ½ cup almond milk see Notes
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
For the Vegan Sriracha Mayo
- ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
- ½ – 1 tablespoon Sriracha
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt to taste
- vegetable oil for frying
- Slice oyster mushroom stalks into ½-inch discs, then slice each disk into shrimp shapes (similar to slicing it into a yin-yang symbol).
- Mix together the almond or soy milk, flour, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the Panko breadcrumbs and Old Bay seasoning.
- Dip each “shrimp” into the flour and milk mixture, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
- Heat ½-inch of oil in a pan over medium-high heat and fry each vegan shrimp for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Make the vegan sriracha mayo by adding all ingredients to a bowl and mixing until combined, then serve with vegan shrimp.
- Almond Milk: Any non-dairy milk will work here, you could even use water instead of milk.
- Make it Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free flour instead of all purpose flour and gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs instead of regular Panko breadcrumbs.
- Baking Option: Preheat an oven to 400° Fahrenheit and bake vegan shrimp for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, instead of frying.