I enjoy Portobello Mushroom because it allows me to stay away from red meat when I need to. Because I like it a lot, I have found ways to be creative with my recipes.
Grilled Chili Portobello Mushrooms with Oyster Sauce was spontaneous. I was cooking several vegetable dishes and did not want to add the common ingredients salt, pepper, etc. So I thought, why not try it with Oyster Sauce. And to make the dish more exciting, why not use Chili Oil.
Buying Oyster Sauce
Oyster Sauce is loaded with sodium. There are several expensive ingredients/spices I buy because of quality. I refuse to settle for cheap brands, and this is one of them.
A good Oyster Sauce should not be watery, light or just brown and taste very salty. A good Oyster Sauce is a thick, flavorful sauce that is dark brown and most of all has a low sodium count. Next time you want to buy Oyster Sauce, stay away from a cheap brand, you are doing more harm to your food.
What to know about Chili Oil
Chili Oil is olive oil flavored with chili peppers. I often say to myself that God knew what he was doing, by not allowing me to have a huge kitchen, huge pantry, and being able to buy all sort of spices and ingredients I want. I would be a culinary addict if there were such a thing.
Chili Oil is excellent with many dishes. I often use it in side dishes like vegetables and salad dressings. To make the Grilled Chili Portobello Mushrooms with Oyster Sauce, I first seasoned the mushrooms slices with black pepper, garlic powder, chili oil, olive oil, and oyster sauce. Two different oils are added because chili oil has a strong peppery taste.
How to make this wonderful dish
The mushrooms slices are then cooked on a griddle pan, coated with cooking spray. By the way, buying pre-slice Portobello mushrooms is much easier. Just a good wipe with a damped cloth or paper towel is sufficient.
The mushrooms slices are cooked 3 – 4 minutes per sides. No salt is added because the oyster sauce contains enough sodium for flavor. If you use salt in this recipe be very careful, as the dish may be salty.