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Did You Know That The Lion’s Mane Mushroom Is The Professional Go-To For Vegan Steak

The lion's mane mushroom has a very special quality — it can mimic the taste of an actual steak. Keep reading to learn more about this bizarre looking but delicious m fungi that professional chefs can’t get enough of.

By Cookist

Now and then, some vegans start to desire that robust heartiness of a classic steak but know they can't have it. That's where lion's mane mushroom comes in. It may be difficult to believe there is a mushroom that can mimic properties of an actual steak but hey, try it before you decide how you feel about it.

Keep reading to find out more about the lion's mane mushroom.

What Is a Lion's Mane Mushroom?


It is a captivating fungus with a large, globe-shaped cluster with sprawling tendrils that look like a majestic lion's mane – which is where it got its name from.

With some fine tuning, this fungus can be transformed into a delicious vegan steak. How is this possible?

When cooked, its flesh reveals a quality that closely resembles the tenderness and succulence of meat.

It is firm but tender, and when it is cooked it delivers a delicate chewiness, reminiscent of premium steak cuts. As it cooks, the outer edges of the lion's mane mushroom caramelize nicely, forming a crispy and enticing crust.

Meanwhile, the interior stays tender and juicy, offering a delightful contrast. Aside from the great similarities, lion's mane mushroom also offers a host of health benefits.

Not only is it anti-inflammatory, it can reduce depression, anxiety, boost nervous system function, and could potentially fight cancer.

How To Make A Lion's Mane Steak 


To make it, take two pieces of lion's mane mushroom and gently press them down on a grill to flatten them out.

After that, season the mushrooms with abundant steak seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and any herbs that you would like on a steak.

Once that is done, put the mushrooms back into a pan with vegan garlic butter and a drizzle of liquid aminos.

Finally, transfer the pan to the oven and let the lion's mane steak rest for slightly under 10 minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld and the mushroom to develop a perfect char.

You can also tailor your lion's mane steak to suit your taste preferences, too. You could try adding a few drops of liquid smoke to impart a fiery aroma, or top it up with chimichurri sauce for that burst of tanginess.

If you want a more classic steak experience, add homemade steak sauce to the top of your charred lion's mane steak.

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