There is more to the humble mushroom than meets the eye. The choice of dishes that you can prepare using this humble ingredient is astounding. Mushrooms are packed with protein and are really good for you too. This article will explore a whole list of easy-to-make mushroom recipes that will leave you craving more. In our list of mushroom dishes you’ll find some classics such as our stuffed portobello mushrooms to chanterelle mushrooms and soups. We’ve got mouth watering options that will leave you impressed, there really is something for everyone.
19 Quick & Easy Mushroom Recipes
1. Mushroom Soup
Perhaps a little obvious, but this dish is filling, really tasty, and is very simple to make. We start by sweating an onion in butter before adding heaps of sliced mushrooms. Once they have started to turn soft and are slightly caramelized, we add a few cloves of smashed garlic and a large helping of stock (pro tip, chicken works best). Once the soup has bubbled away and the mushrooms have released their flavor, we blitz the entire pan into a smooth soup before adding a large swirl of cream.
2. Mushroom Curry
Curry is one of these dishes that we just can’t get enough of. It’s a really versatile dish in that you can alter practically every element. Make it spicy, mild, creamy, or sweet and everything in between. Mushroom curries are great as they are vegetarian. You can also freeze a portion or two for reheating at a later date. We fry onions with garlic before adding our mushrooms and a tablespoon of Garam Masala, and a squeeze of lemon juice. We add a cup of stock and a little coconut milk before serving alongside a bed of fluffy white basmati rice.
3. Pasta and Crispy Mushrooms
We love easy dishes that are tasty and filling. This mushroom sauce takes a couple of minutes to prepare and five minutes to make. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the pasta. The trick to getting your mushrooms crispy is to avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook them in small batches. We fry some sliced shallots alongside the mushrooms before adding cooked pasta. We finish the dish with a dash of cream, some lemon zest, a little butter, and some grated parmesan. If the sauce is a little too thick, use some reserved cooking water from the pasty. Oh, and don’t forget to pour yourself a chilled glass of white wine alongside.
4. Mushroom Burgers
For vegetarians, this is a great alternative and is so much better than a boring nut roast. Mushrooms have a slightly meaty texture and a savory taste, making them the ideal meat substitute. To make mushroom burger patties, give your mushrooms a quick pulse in a blender, add a handful of breadcrumbs, one egg, and plenty of seasoning, along with a tablespoon of white flour. From there, chill the mixture until it firms up slightly, then press into thick patties and cook as you would a normal burger.
5. Creamy Mushroom Pasta
We love this recipe as it has only six ingredients. We brown a handful of cut mushrooms in a heavy pan and then add some butter and chives. Once the chives soften slightly, we go in with half a cup of heavy cream and some seasoning. We add the pasta, give it a good stir to make sure it is coated, and finish with a final flourish of shredded Italian hard cheese. This dish tastes amazing. We can’t believe how easy it is!
6. Crispy Mushrooms with Kale
While mushrooms are utterly delicious, they can look a little bit bland when left all on their own. Here is the solution. A flash of green kale, alongside some creamy beans, should do the trick. We blend the beans with lime juice and olive oil, along with a little garlic to make a loose puree. Meanwhile, we brown some mushrooms and once they are cooked, add leaves of shredded kale along with a large dash of olive oil. As the kale cooks, it becomes crispy and has a real savory flavor that compliments the mushrooms so well.
7. Soy-Glazed Tofu and Mushrooms
Tofu is similar in texture to mushrooms. It is slightly springy and also crisps up really well when fried over high heat. This recipe is absolutely jam-packed with flavors. Want to see what we mean? It contains celery ginger, chili soy sauce, and sesame oil. We toss the tofu in this blend of ingredients in a hot frying pan before adding crispy mushrooms. The entire dish is finished with a spritz of lime juice. A really tasty mushroom stir fry.
8. Seared Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme
Considering this quick mushroom recipe only has six ingredients, we think that it is one of the finest on our list. We start by flash frying mushrooms in a layer of olive oil. The key to getting your mushrooms crispy is to leave them alone in the pan, only tossing and turning them occasionally. We then add butter, along with a little thyme and some crushed garlic. This is a great midweek dinner that will take all of ten minutes from start to finish. It is pretty light too and can be served as a side with another dish (such as a juicy steak)
9. Oven Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms
This no-nonsense meal is ideal if you are busy and don’t want to spend hours cooking in the kitchen. We leave the mushrooms in the oven, and they take care of themselves while you prepare the rest of this dish. The trick to preventing clumpy polenta is to add it gradually to already boiling water, whisking it until smooth before adding the next batch. Once it is done, we add the pot to the oven to roast until it turns a little thick and crispy around the edges before adding a handful of grated cheese. To serve, we place the polenta in a wide bowl and top with a layer of roasted mushrooms.
10. Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms (stop laughing) are nice because they have a really firm texture. You’ll find they feature heavily in Asian cooking, but they can be used in any mushroom recipe ideas in place of white mushrooms. We thought we’d stay true to the humble shiitake’s Asian roots, so we cook these in a pan before covering them in a salty and sweet teriyaki sauce. This dish will make the ideal starter if you are cooking an Asian dinner party.
11. Mushroom Risotto
Mushrooms and risotto go together so well. You can make this entire dish in one pan. As the mushrooms cook, they release some of their dark and tasty juices. When paired up with risotto rice, each grain acts like a little sponge and soaks up these delicious juices. The trick with risotto is to add the liquid gradually. It must also be hot. Make sure to keep stirring your risotto too. This releases starches from the rice, which escape and ensure that your risotto is really creamy. Always go a little too loose on the risotto when you serve it. You’ll find that it will thicken the second it leaves the pan.
12. Mushroom and Fennel Toast
This recipe is the food of the gods. We like to use a toasted piece of sourdough bread, but any bread will do. While the bread toasts, we pan-fry a handful of sliced mushrooms in butter. Our secret ingredient is a teaspoon of fennel seeds. As these roast in the pan, they release a real anise flavor. Once the mushrooms are cooked, we add a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon before serving on top of the toast. We also like to serve a perfectly poached egg on top. Once cut, this egg releases its lovely runny yoke and soaks into the toast. One of our all-time favorite mushroom recipes!
13. Mushroom and Blue Cheese Bake
This is another easy to prepare dish that can be knocked up in about 10 minutes and then left to do its thing in the oven. We love to use a strong cheese like blue stilton, but regular blue cheese will do if you can’t find any. We start by frying mushrooms in butter. In a separate pan, we make a roux, and once it is to the desired consistency, add milk and a handful of blue cheese. We throw in the mushrooms and once mixed decant into ramekins. We top these ramekins with a layer of crumbly blue cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes until the top is melted and golden. Enjoy with a piece of crusty butter bread.
14. Chicken and Mushroom Pie
Chicken and mushroom pie is very easy and is one of our favorite mid-week dinners. We actually cheat quite a lot in the recipe because we don’t have time to be messing around making pastry and sauces. The first way we cheat is to use store-bought pastry. Shortcrust is great in this recipe, but a puff pastry lid is just as nice. We don’t make the creamy sauce either. Want to know our secret? A can of chicken soup. It’s so simple, and no one has ever figured out that we’ve cheated yet! Give it a go!
15. Mushroom Lasagna
Sometimes beef is off the menu, but that’s not going to stop you from having a tasty lasagna. In place, if the beef we use mushrooms, chopped fine. We cook these before combining them with tomato sauce, oregano, and thyme. From there, it is a case of assembling our lasagna in the usual manner. A spoonful of tomatoey mushrooms, a pasta sheet, and a thick layer of creamy bechamel sauce.
16. Mushroom and Thyme Pot Pies
This has to be tried to be believed. It’s amazing. A crisp and tasty pastry dish filled with luxuriant mushroom gravy. Here’s our secret… Sherry. Not to drink, of course. We cook the mushrooms in sherry along with tomatoes, onions, and a little butter. We finish with chicken stock before letting it bubble down. A spoonful of flour serves to thicken the gravy. Your best bet is to use porcini mushrooms in this dish as they have a good texture and stand up to the rigors of being roasted in the oven.
17. Mushroom Pierogies
If you aren’t familiar with pierogies, allow us to enlighten you. They are a dish of Polish origin served as a savory meal and made into a dessert. Think of them as a sort of cross between ravioli and empanadas. For dessert, they are filled with sweetened cream cheese. We fill ours with a beautiful blend of crispy bacon, spinach, and creamy cooked mushrooms. They freeze really well, too, and can be reheated by dropping them (frozen) into boiling water for a few minutes, making them the ideal working night snack.
18. Mushroom Omelet
Now and again, we like to keep it simple. A plain egg omelet is nice, but it can be a little dull and unfulfilling. We spice ours up with a handful of chopped mushrooms. Make sure you start cooking your mushrooms before adding the omelet mixture, as the egg will cook faster than the mushrooms. We also like to add half a chopped red bell pepper along with a dash of chopped parsley for extra color, taste, and texture.
19. Garlic Mushrooms
While we don’t want to be cliché, this is probably our favorite on the list. Start by frying mushrooms in butter and add a clove of garlic just before the mushrooms are cooked (any earlier, and it will burn and turn bitter). We add a tablespoon of flour and give it a stir until it makes a loose roux. Add a large pinch of salt, some pepper, and a cup of milk to the pan. As it heats, it will turn really thick. Serve with a piece of crusty bread, perfect for soaking up all the remaining sauce. And keep away from vampires.
We were spoiled for choice when it came to writing a list of mushroom recipes. There are literally thousands out there. Mushrooms are really filling, very tasty, and they are actually pretty cheap too, so there is no reason not to give the above dishes a whirl. Let us know if there are any you want to see on our list. Plus if you’re out of the core ingredient you can find a mushroom alternative.