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Spicy Cumin Lion's Mane Skewers

Love skewers or satay? Then make sure you try this vegan but still meaty & savory skewer made out of Lion's Mane mushroom, a great alternative for chicken and meat.

Spicy Cumin Lion's Mane Skewers


  • 450 gm fresh Lion’s Mane mushrooms

  • sugar

  • water

  • cooking oil


  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 3 tablespoons water

Spice Mix:

  • ½ tablespoons cumin seeds

  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder plus extra for topping

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder plus extra for topping

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • ½ teaspoon salt plus extra for topping


  • Gently clean mushrooms with a brush, then cut off any tough parts from the stems, if any. Next, use your fingers to tear mushrooms into larger than bite-sized pieces.

  • Fill a large pot or pan with water (about 6-8 cups depending on the pan size) and bring it to a boil. Then, add ½ teaspoon of sugar into the hot water.

  • Add mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes until slightly tender. Cooking time may be shorter for smaller mushrooms pieces.

  • Drain out the water. Once cooled, using your palms, gently squeeze mushrooms to remove all the liquid and transfer to a bowl.

  • Meanwhile, whisk together flour and water into a thin paste, set aside.

  • Rub mushrooms with cumin seeds, cumin powder, chili powder and salt until all mushrooms are coated. [Increase the salt if you plan to serve this as-is]

  • Add the batter and sesame seeds, then use your fingers to coat the mushrooms until well combined.

  • Thread a few pieces of mushrooms (about 4) onto the skewer. Repeat until all mushrooms are done. (I got about 9 skewers)

  • Set a large shallow pan (big enough to fit the skewer) over medium-low heat. Cover the bottom with a thin layer of oil (see video or picture above for reference).

  • Carefully lower the skewer onto the hot oil.

  • Cook until all sides turn golden brown and a thin crust forms, turning occasionally. Please make sure to maintain a light sizzle over medium-low heat and fully cook through the mushrooms.

  • To prepare another spice mix for topping, combine 1 tablespoon of cumin powder and chili powder with ¼ teaspoon of salt.

  • Sprinkle onto the cooked mushrooms before serving. Alternatively, serve the skewers with chili oil and sediment for a spicier kick.


Here's the more detailed original recipe on


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