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Trumpet Mushroom Calamari
Trumpet Mushroom Calamari
Prep Time
3 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 17 mins
Trumpet mushroom slices are coated in a spiced crispy cornmeal and served with marinara sauce for dipping to make this mouthwatering vegan calamari.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 559 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 4 large king trumpet mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 cups canola oil
  1. Slice off the tops and bottoms of the mushrooms. Cut them into ½-inch-thick slices. (Optional step: Use an apple corer or similar kitchen tool to remove the center of each mushroom slice.) Add the finished slices to a large mixing bowl, and add 10 cups water and the tamari. Marinate for 3 to 5 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Add the cornmeal, flour, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, salt, and pepper to large mixing bowl. Drain the mushrooms, and dredge in the breading mixture, using your hands to fully coat each mushroom slice.
  3. Add the cooking oil to a deep skillet, and heat on medium-high heat until the oil begins to bubble. Add the mushroom slices and fry for about 7 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Remove from the oil and serve with our Marinara Sauce.
Recipe Notes

Reprinted from THE BLOSSOM COOKBOOK by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2017, Ronen Seri and Pamela Elizabeth Alissa's notes: I used a few bottle caps of various sizes to punch holes in my mushroom slices, and it worked great. I also cooked up the centers, because why not? For a baked variation, spray the coated mushrooms with oil and arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 450°F until browned, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Trumpet Mushroom Calamari
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 275
% Daily Value*
Fat 30.6g47%
Saturated Fat 2.4g12%
Sodium 2557mg107%
Potassium 1136mg32%
Carbohydrates 71.8g24%
Fiber 13.7g55%
Sugar 3.4g4%
Protein 14.1g28%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.