Lion’s mane – an amazing meat substitute

Lion’s mane – an amazing meat substitute

Lion’s mane makes an amazing meat substitute for vegetarian dishes with a flavor and texture similar to crab. Here is a recipe for Lion’s Mane Mushroom “Scallop” Medallions:


  • 8-10 large Lion’s Mane mushroom clusters
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (for a gluten-free option)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Clean and Prepare the Lion’s Mane Mushrooms:
    • Gently wipe the Lion’s Mane mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt or debris.
    • Cut the Lion’s Mane into thick, scallop-sized medallions, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
  2. Marinate the Mushrooms:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce or tamari, lemon juice, smoked paprika, sea salt, and black pepper.
    • Place the Lion’s Mane medallions in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Make sure the mushrooms are well-coated. Let them marinate for at least 15-20 minutes, or longer if you have the time.
  3. Cook the Lion’s Mane “Scallops”:
    • Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
    • Once hot, add a bit of olive oil and place the marinated Lion’s Mane medallions in the pan. You may need to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding.
    • Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until they are golden brown and slightly caramelized.
    • Remove the Lion’s Mane “scallops” from the pan and place them on a plate.
  4. Serve:
    • Garnish the Lion’s Mane “Scallop” medallions with fresh parsley.
    • You can serve them with your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, sautéed greens, or a simple salad.

These Lion’s Mane Mushroom “Scallop” Medallions have a meaty texture and a delightful umami flavor. They are a wonderful meat substitute that pairs well with a variety of side dishes, and they make a great addition to both vegetarian and vegan meals. Enjoy!