Flourish Of Trumpets

Valentine’s Day draws near, which means that love is in the air- Or is that just the aroma of a luxurious meal for two coming from the kitchen? There’s no better way to show you care than with a thoughtfully crafted dinner, if you ask me. It doesn’t even have to be about romantic love either.

Let’s not forget there’s…

  • Familial love
  • Platonic (friendship) love
  • And perhaps most importantly, self love

Just for starters. That’s why it’s especially important to take the day to lavish someone, anyone, with a bit of extra attention. Yes, you can totally make this gourmet plate of plant-based scallops all for yourself, and even eat it in bed, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, too.

Trumpet mushroom scallops are an uncanny substitute for seafood, bearing a similar meaty yet delicate texture, subtle umami flavor, and equivalent rarity that make them a treat for special occasions. Forget about fussy preparation though; this vegan version comes together with minimal effort. You don’t even need to worry about them sticking to the pan while attempting that perfect high-heat sear. After marinating them in a simple, savory broth, just pop them into the air fryer, and dinner is served in no time!

Beautifully golden brown on the outside and buttery all the way through, each mock mollusk is further accentuated by a bright beet puree at the base, spiked with a touch of peppery horseradish. Green peas and pistachios lend both a gorgeous color and textural contrast to create the perfect bite.

Love Is Love

All love is valid, full stop, no excuses. Go forth and love what you eat, too.

Yield: Makes 2 Servings

Trumpet Mushroom Scallops

Trumpet mushroom scallops

Trumpet mushrooms make a perfect substitute for buttery, savory scallops. By using the air fryer to finish them, you get the perfect golden sear everytime! Served on a bed of luscious red beet puree, it doesn't get more luxurious than that.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


Trumpet Mushroom Scallops:

  • 6 King Trumpet Mushrooms, Stems Cut into 1-Inch Pieces (Caps Reserved For Another Recipe)
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegan Fish Sauce or Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Beet Puree:

  • 8 Ounces Peeled and Diced Red Beets
  • 1/4 Cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Prepared Horseradish or Wasabi Paste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Tarragon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

To Serve:

  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Green Peas, Thawed
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted Pistachios
  • 1 - 2 Scallions, Thinly Sliced


  1. To make the scallops, combine the sliced mushrooms, stock, 1 tablespoon of oil, vegan fish sauce or soy sauce, lemon juice, onion powder, and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to low, and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. There will still be some liquid left, so don't worry if it isn't completely absorbed. Let cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine the beets, coconut milk, horseradish or wasabi, tarragon, garlic, and salt in your food processor or blender. Thoroughly puree until completely smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides of the canister as needed. Drizzle in a touch more coconut milk if you'd prefer a looser texture.

  3. Transfer the simmered and still warm "scallops" to your air fryer. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon oil and air fry at 400 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes, until golden brown all over.

  4. To serve, divide the beet puree between two shallow bowls. Top with the hot mushroom scallops, green peas, pistachios, and scallion. Enjoy right away.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2469mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 18gSugar: 26gProtein: 20g

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8 thoughts on “Flourish Of Trumpets

  1. I love trumpet mushrooms (and scallops) so this sounds amazing, Unfortunately I don’t have an air fryer and I don’t know where I’d get trumpet mushrooms unless one vendor at the farmers market might have them. But I can enjoy them vicariously here calorie-free!

    1. I’ve got you there! You can also just bake them instead at 425 degrees, top rack of the oven, for 20 – 25 minutes. There are always ways to make it work. ;)

  2. Wow, what a fantastic and thoughtful recipe! This plant-based scallop dish not only looks delicious, but it also promotes love in all forms – familial, platonic, and self. The use of trumpet mushrooms as a substitute for scallops is truly innovative and the air fryer makes the preparation so easy. The beet puree and toppings add the perfect touch of color and texture to this luxurious meal. I can’t wait to try it!

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