This delicious salt and pepper mushroom recipe is the perfect plant based substitute for those needing a meat free option that isn’t a processed vegan ‘meat’. The mushrooms soak up all of the lovely flavours used in this dish making them the perfect vessel in this tasty meal.
This is a healthy vegan twist on classic popular salt and pepper dishes and it would be perfect to make along with my Tofu Fried Rice recipe, my Chinese No Chicken Curry or my Salt and Pepper Chips! Not only could you make this salt and pepper dish as part of a larger Chinese takeaway inspired feast but, as it only takes 15 minutes to make, you could also throw it together for a midweek dinner on days you are short on time.
This is a really versatile recipe as you could improvise with some of the ingredients to reduce food waste. In the ingredients I have noted to use button mushrooms, however, any would work or you could use a mix. Similarly, you could use a green or yellow pepper where I have noted red – this is just my personal preference. Red or white onion would work in this recipe, although white is more traditionally used I like to use red as it is a little bit gentler on my tummy.
If desired, you can use both a fresh chilli and chilli powder in this recipe or, if you don’t have any fresh chilli to hand you can increase the amount of powder used to one teaspoon. You could also increase the amount of chinese five spice, salt and pepper used in this. Just perform a taste test when your dish is a few minutes away from being ready and add more seasoning.
It is worth mentioning that the mushrooms will release some water when cooking. I find that this reduces during the cooking process and does not impair the flavour of the dish. However, if you are particular with textures and prefer to avoid food that is ‘wet’ you may want to cook the mushrooms separately to the onions, peppers and seasoning. You can then toss them together at the end as this will give you the opportunity to drain any excess liquid from the mushrooms.
I have noted that this recipe serves two, however, this is when included as part of a larger meal or with a side. If you like this recipe you may also like my Chinese Five Spice Peanut Chickpeas.
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