Mushroom XO Sauce (Vegan)

XO Sauce is an iconic Chinese condiment traditionally made from dried seafood such as scallops and other meats such as cured ham. It is known for its intensely rich, umami flavors. In this vegan version, I replicated the flavors of XO Sauce with caramelized mushrooms and onions.

Mushroom XO Sauce (Vegan)

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by George L. Course: SauceCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy


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  • 130 grams cremini mushrooms (or shiitake mushrooms)

  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground five spice

  • 2-3 dried red chilis, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper powder

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons dried seaweed, shredded


  • Finely mince the mushrooms with a knife (alternatively you can use a food processor).
  • Finely mince yellow onions. How to mince yellow onions.
  • In a pan, fry onions, garlic, and crushed dried chilis on high heat in the first 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in all of the remaining ingredients and cook until the moisture of the mushrooms are completely evaporated. Around 10-12 minutes.
  • Finally, take the pan off the heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

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