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Oyster sauce is a very common Chinese condiment that is made from oysters and soy sauce. It's also one of the most popular sauces in East Asian cuisine. In this recipe, I've used oyster mushrooms to make a

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How to make vegetarian oyster sauce

You’ll want to put this Vegetarian Oyster Sauce on everything! This shiitake mushroom made oyster sauce is the best Paleo stir-fry sauce. It’s a umami-rich yet simple sauce you’ll want to add it to any stir-fries from savory proteins to crunchy vegetables. This is THE stir-fry sauce you’ll make again and again and again…

Homemade v.s. Store-Bought Oyster Sauce

I’ve been dreaming about making a vegan and vegetarian oyster sauce for YEARS! You know how much I adore stir-fry dishes and it had always been a bummer when I had to skip the oyster sauce component if an original recipe called for.

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Oyster sauce is probably the only Chinese stir-fry sauce that I consider a must-have for any Chinese and Asian food lovers. I, however, stop using it a few years ago because the ingredients, sadly, in today’s fast food/mass productions, aren’t that great for our bodies.

I took photos from my recent trip to a local grocery store. One photo is for “oyster-flavored” oyster sauce and the other is called Vegetarian mushroom-flavored stir-fry sauce (AKA Vegetarian oyster sauce).

  • Store bought vegetarian mushroom sauce ingredient label
  • Store bought oyster sauce ingredient label

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As you can see from the photos that the first ingredient is water and followed by sugar and other colorings, starch, and artificial flavorings. In my opinion, occasional consumption is okay because we all have to eat out (unless you have specific medical reasons or are allergic to the ingredients) but if I’m making the meals at home, which is most of the time, I recommend making the sauce by ourselves.

You’ll be amazed how fresh and flavorful the sauce tastes and you know exactly what goes into it. The flavor is so vivid and umami-rich and it’ll become one of you top go-to Paleo stir-fry sauce!

A Vegetarian Oyster Sauce For Everything!

I use dried shiitake mushrooms as the base of my vegetarian oyster sauce because dry shiitake contains more concentrated umami flavor than the fresh ones. I also use the mushroom water that’s from soaking the mushrooms overnight as my liquid base.

Lightly saute the mushrooms with fresh ginger will remove the “raw” flavor and bring out more umami aroma. Simply blend everything in a high speed blender and you’ll have a perfectly healthy and delicious Mushroom Oyster Sauce!

All The Possibilities!!!

Add your homemade mushroom oyster sauce to any Paleo stir-fry dishes you love. Since the homemade version is less salty than the store bought bottles, when you try to convert a recipe you find on the internet, use a bit more.

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For example, if a regular recipe calls for 1 teaspoon or 2 teaspoons of (store-bought) oyster sauce, substitute it with 1 tablespoon of our homemade vegetarian oyster sauce.

Add the sauce to Chinese Broccoli Stir-Fry, Chinese Mustard Green Stir-Fry, Shiitake mushroom with baby bok choy stir-fry, or Paleo oyster beef stir-fry (recipe to come in a few days!)

Is there a vegetarian substitute for oyster sauce?

My vegetarian oyster sauce is also vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, Keto, and Whole30. The vegetarian substitute oyster sauce is made with shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger root, salt, coconut aminos, mushroom water, and dates. The ingredients are completely vegan and easy to make.

How to use the sauce?

Try the sauce with Stir-fried beef in oyster sauce, Chinese broccoli with vegetarian oyster sauce, Vietnamese garlic shrimp, and Thai crispy fried cauliflower rice!

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