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Rustic Surface Set with Water Glass, Napkin, Bunch of Chives, and Bowl of Grits Topped with Vegan Scallops and Greens
Blackened King Oyster Mushroom Scallops & Grits with Greens
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
Vegan king oyster mushroom scallops are coated in Cajun spices, pan seared and served with creamy grits, juicy tomatoes, and chard to make this flavor-packed vegan meal.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Servings: 4
Calories: 310 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the King Oyster Mushroom Scallops
  • 4 large king oyster mushrooms
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon dulse flakes, optional, for more of a seafood flavor
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Grits
  • 1 cup dried corn grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup unflavored soy or almond milk
  • Salt to taste
For the Greens and Tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 small bunch chard, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper hot sauce, or to taste
  • Salt to taste
For Serving
  • Chopped fresh chives
Make the King Oyster Mushroom Scallops
  1. Begin by slicing the mushroom stems into 1-inch thick pieces. (You can discard the caps if you want. I used them, because even though they don't look like scallops, they still taste good!). Stir the water, soy sauce, garlic and dulse flakes, if using, together in a small bowl. Add the mushroom pieces. Soak for at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours.
  2. When the mushrooms are done soaking, remove them from the liquid and blot dry. Stir the paprika, pepper, oregano, thyme, salt and cayenne together in a small bowl. Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the mushroom slices in an even layer and sprinkle the tops with about half of the spice mixture. Allow to cook for about 4 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottoms. Flip and sprinkle the other sides with the other half of the spice mixture. Cook about 4 minutes more, then flip once more to sear the spices on the bottoms. Remove the mushroom slices from the skillet and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Make the Grits
  1. Whisk the grits, water, and milk together in a medium saucepan, and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, lower heat and allow to simmer until thick and creamy, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more water or milk if it becomes too thick and starts to sputter. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste.
Make the Greens and Tomatoes
  1. While the grits cook, coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook until very fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and chard, and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with hot sauce and salt to taste.
  1. Divide the grits among 4 bowls, then top with the chard mixture and scallops. Sprinkle with chives. Serve.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute about 2 teaspoons of Cajun spice mixture for the spices used in the scallops if you like.

Nutrition Facts
Blackened King Oyster Mushroom Scallops & Grits with Greens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.6g18%
Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Sodium 1376mg57%
Potassium 812mg23%
Carbohydrates 42.6g14%
Fiber 6.6g26%
Sugar 5.3g6%
Protein 6.9g14%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.