Mushroom lovers, skip to the mushroom recipes! But if you’re in the camp of only knowing mushrooms as sad, soggy, and usually scraped to the edge of your dinner plate, we urge you to give them another chance! Not only do mushrooms have anti-inflammatory benefits and support immune and cardiovascular health, but they’re DELICIOUS when prepared well.
To help everyone fall in love with these versatile + nutritious fungi, we’ve gathered our BEST-rated mushroom recipes and a few cooking tips, too! If you’re not already, we think you’ll soon become a shiitake supporter, portobello praiser, cremini cheerleader, or maybe even love them all!
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Tips for Selecting and Preparing Mushrooms
Select mushrooms in their peak freshness. Avoid those that look slimy or smell bad. If your store has the option of buying them in bulk vs. already packaged, choose that!
Store in a paper bag, not plastic. Paper gives mushrooms enough airflow, while plastic traps in moisture, causing them to become slimy and soggy much faster.
Don’t rinse them. Instead, wipe them clean with a damp paper towel or kitchen towel.
Don’t overcrowd the pan! Giving mushrooms plenty of space and contact with the cooking surface ensures caramelization…and that means flavor!
Speaking of flavor, be generous with the oil — mushrooms love to soak it up. You don’t want them to be drowning in oil, but you want them to look shiny, not dry.
Let them cook undisturbed for a bit. That’s right, ignore your mushrooms! Stirring too frequently doesn’t give them enough time to develop those crispy brown edges.
Wait to add the salt! If you add it too soon, the salt will draw moisture out of the mushrooms, causing them to become rubbery in texture.
If you don’t love the texture of cremini mushrooms or those with a higher water content, try finely chopping them instead of slicing. You’ll be left with more crispy bits (the best part!).
Smoky, hearty black bean burgers with sweet potato, mushrooms, quinoa, and pecans. Wholesome, satisfying, BIG on flavor, and just 10 ingredients required! The ultimate veggie burgers for the grill or stovetop.
Low caffeine, low sugar hot chocolate with raw cacao and adaptogens including reishi mushroom, maca, ashwagandha, and he shou wu. The perfect cozy beverage to replace coffee or matcha in the morning, or to wind down with in the evening.