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Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

Lion's Mane mushroom, Hericium erinaceus)

Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is probably best known for its unique appearance, resembling a white, shaggy lion’s mane, hence its name. Lion’s Mane mushrooms have a mild, seafood-like flavor and a delicate, tender texture, similar to crab meat. They are used as an ingredient in various dishes, including stir-fries, soups, stews, and even as a meat or seafood substitute. Growing them at home allows you to have a fresh supply of this unique culinary delight.

Lion’s Mane mushrooms are highly regarded for their potential health benefits. They contain bioactive compounds, such as hericenones and erinacines, which have been studied for their neuroprotective and cognitive-enhancing properties. These compounds are believed to stimulate the production of nerve growth factors, which could help promote brain health, improve memory and focus, and potentially aid in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Ready to start cooking with Lion’s Mane? Give this Lion’s Mane Crab Cake recipe a try!

Lion’s Mane mushroom crab cakes are a delicious vegetarian or vegan alternative to traditional crab cakes. Here’s a recipe to make Lion’s Mane mushroom crab cakes at home:


For the mushroom mixture:

  • 2 cups Lion’s Mane mushroom, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (adjust as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (or regular mayonnaise if not vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (or seafood seasoning of your choice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for cooking)

For the coating:

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour if preferred)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the remoulade sauce (optional):

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (or regular mayonnaise)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the Lion’s Mane mushrooms, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, celery, parsley, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, breadcrumbs, vegan mayonnaise, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
  2. Shape the mixture into small patties, about 2-3 inches in diameter.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine the breadcrumbs, flour, salt, and pepper for the coating. Coat each patty with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere the coating.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place the coated patties in the skillet and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. You may need to cook them in batches, depending on the size of your skillet.
  5. While the crab cakes are cooking, prepare the remoulade sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well until smooth and creamy. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste.
  6. Once the crab cakes are cooked, transfer them to a serving platter. Serve them hot with the remoulade sauce on the side.

These Lion’s Mane mushroom crab cakes are a flavorful and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer, a main course, or in sandwiches. Feel free to customize the recipe by adding additional herbs or spices to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy!