What Is The Best Way To Cook Mushrooms

Sauté Mushrooms to Perfection

Mushrooms can be a delicious addition to any meal.  Pan frying them is easy and quick. Choose plump, firm mushrooms to slice for cooking. Don’t use slimy, soft ones that are past their prime. Make sure they are clean and dry. This can definitely affect the taste and quality of your final result.

Cleaning and drying your mushrooms thoroughly before you begin is important. other than morels, mushrooms shouldn’t be soaked or  rinsed with water. Carefully brushing off excess dirt and trimming the stems is all you need to do before slicing. Too much moisture will soak into the mushroom and make it soggy and slimy. Be sure to remove any excess moisture with a clean, dry paper towel before you cut them.

Toss and coat your sliced mushrooms with a bit of olive oil and then season them with some salt and pepper. Be sure the pan is hot and that you hear a sizzle when you add the mushrooms. Cook them on high heat for about five minutes, or until they’re lightly browned, tender, and delicious.  Be sure to stir them around as they cook to prevent sticking and burning. Don’t be afraid to add a little soy sauce, garlic, or Worcestershire for some extra flavor.


Sautéed mushrooms can be very versatile. They can be fried and  added in to make almost any dish a little more hearty. Pan frying mushrooms is a fast and easy way to cook almost any type of the edible fungi. Remember not to put too many mushrooms in the pan at once or they wont make enough contact with the hot pan to fry. They might end up steamed instead.

Creative Ways To Use Your Sautéed Mushrooms

Caramelized mushrooms can be eaten all by themselves or used as add ins or toppings for various dishes. They are full of flavor and texture. Sautéed mushrooms are browned on the outside yet tender and juicy on the inside. Once you master your favorite pan frying technique you can enjoy savory sautéed mushrooms anytime.

You could top a gorgeous steak, pork chop, or any other cut of meat with cooked mushrooms. They can also make a delicious burger topping. Sautéed mushrooms make good add-ins for pasta dishes, omelets, and rice. They can add a rich deep flavor to your stew or soup. If you want to change a casserole recipe and add some depth, toss in some pan-fried mushrooms.

Sautéed mushrooms are so good you won’t want to waste any. Fried mushrooms actually freeze and reheat very well. The texture isn’t quite the same as when they were first cooked but the difference is slight. Just cool your mushrooms, then freeze them flat in a quality freezer bag or container until you need them.


Best Sautéed Mushrooms Recipe

With the right techniques and recipes fried mushrooms can become a staple around the dinner table. They can add rich flavors to any dish. The tasty combinations are endless. The key to the best cooked mushrooms is to let them caramelize nicely.  Try this simple, trusted recipe and see what your family thinks.

What you will need:

  • 1# white or brown mushrooms
  • 2T olive oil
  • 2T butter
  • 1T soy sauce
  • 2cloves garlic (minced)
  • pinch of thyme and chives

How to cook the mushrooms: Clean your mushrooms properly. Avoid excess water and be sure to dry them thoroughly. Slice the mushrooms into slicked that are thick, about 1/2″. Heat the butter and oil on medium heat in a pan large enough to cook the mushrooms in a single layer. In a bowl, toss the mushroom slices and soy sauce to coat them. Make sure the pan is hot and add the mushrooms to the oil and butter. Toss to coat, then try to let them cook for 5 minutes with minimal stirring so they can cook through and brown on one side. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook a few more minutes until the mushrooms are golden brown and caramelized nicely. Enjoy!

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