These flavorful sauteed mushrooms are ready in less than 30 minutes and are the perfect side dish or topping for steak.
The secret to perfection is to use lots of butter and cook them slowly and patiently.
These mushrooms are amazing. They are so delicious! It's difficult to believe that such depth and complexity of flavor can be achieved with minimal seasonings.
But the mushrooms themselves are very flavorful, and cooking them in butter (or extra-virgin olive oil) brings out their rich flavor.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make these sauteed mushrooms. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Fresh mushrooms: I use either white or Cremini mushrooms in this recipe.
- Unsalted butter: I love using creamy European butter, but any butter will be great. You can also use olive oil, but my personal preference is butter.
- Minced garlic: Mince it yourself, or use the stuff that comes in a jar. Both work. You can also use thinly sliced garlic cloves.
- Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you should reduce the amount you use by half, or the dish could end up too salty.
- Dried thyme: Make sure it's fresh! A stale spice can easily ruin a dish.
- Parsley: Used mostly for garnish, so you can skip it if you don't have any on hand.
- Vary your spices: Mushrooms are very flavorful all on their own. So there's no need for a lot of spices. In addition to salt and pepper, I like to use garlic and thyme. Other spices I tried and liked include onion powder and oregano. Just a pinch of each is enough.
- Vary your cooking fat: In my experience, this recipe works with butter, olive oil, and ghee. I tried and liked all of them.
Sauteed Mushrooms Instructions
The detailed instructions for making this recipe are included in the recipe card below. Here are the basic steps:
- You start by wiping the mushrooms clean with damp paper towels, then slice them. Generally speaking, unless they're very dirty, it's best not to wash mushrooms. They could absorb the water and become soggy.
- Now melt some butter in a large skillet. (Photo 1).
- Add the mushrooms, garlic, and seasonings. (Photo 2).
- Cook the mushrooms until tender, about 7 minutes. (Photos 3-4).
Don't skimp on the butter
The most important tip I can give you is to be generous with the butter or olive oil and to be patient.
Mushrooms are best when cooked in lots of fat, over medium heat, slowly and patiently, until very tender. That's when the mushrooms release their flavor.
Cook until the liquid disappears
My second tip: As you cook the mushrooms, you'll notice that they release quite a bit of liquid into the saute pan. Keep cooking, and the liquid will slowly disappear. Part of it will reabsorb and part will simply evaporate.
When the pan becomes almost dry, keep cooking for just a few more minutes until the mushrooms are browned. That's when they're ready.
Mushrooms are a rich source of umami, the fifth basic taste. This explains why we perceive them as so very flavorful on their own, with very little added seasonings.
Mushrooms can absorb a lot of water when they're washed. So unless they're very dirty, it's best to wipe them clean with damp paper towels.
If you feel that you need to wash them, do so quickly, dry them afterward, and definitely don't soak them in water.
They were probably damp when you added them to the skillet, so they steamed in the evaporated water.
Next time you make them, dry them on paper towels before using them in a recipe - any recipe - and try to wipe them clean using damp paper towels instead of rinsing them.
These tasty mushrooms make a wonderful topping or side dish to steaks and roasts such as tri-tip roast, reverse-sear steak, New York strip steak, and ribeye steak. It's no coincidence that most steakhouses offer them as a side dish.
The leftovers keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. In fact, they tend to become even more flavorful after a day or two! You can reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave at 50% power.
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Sauteed Mushrooms Recipe
- 1 lb mushrooms fresh and firm (I like to use cremini mushrooms)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (or extra virgin olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons parsley chopped, for garnish
- Wipe the mushrooms clean with damp paper towels, then slice them into ¼-inch-thick slices.
- In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. When the foaming subsides, add the sliced mushrooms, minced garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, and dried thyme.
- Cook, stirring often, over medium heat, until the mushrooms are tender and the liquids they release have evaporated, for about 7 minutes.
- Garnish the mushrooms with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
- The most important tip I can give you is to be generous with the butter or olive oil and to be patient. Mushrooms are best when cooked in lots of fat, over medium heat, slowly and patiently, until very tender. That's when the mushrooms release their flavor.
- It's best to wipe the mushrooms clean with damp paper towels. If you feel that they're very dirty and should be rinsed, do so quickly (don't soak them) and dry them well right after washing.
- The leftovers keep well in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. In fact, they tend to become even more flavorful after a day or two! You can reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave at 50% power.