5 Ways to Cook with Mushrooms

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5 Ways to Cook with Mushrooms
5 Ways to Cook with Mushrooms

Edible mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes and there are many culinary possibilities for them, ranging from simple dishes using only mushrooms to complex sauces and dishes where they are used alongside other ingredients. Mushrooms have nutrients such as vitamin B and minerals such as selenium, copper and potassium, which make them a nutritious addition to your diet. This article talks about how to find mushrooms and prepare delicious and nutritious dishes with them.


Method 1 of 5: Preparing Basic Mushroom Dishes

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Step 1. Prepare mushrooms for cooking

It is best if they are clean and dry when cooked.

  • Avoid washing them. Never soak them.
  • If you soak them, the mushrooms will absorb water and will not brown when cooked. Also, they will lose some of their subtle flavor.
  • Clean each mushroom with a damp towel or paper towel just to remove dirt and dirt.
  • It is also possible to use a brush to clean vegetables.
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Step 2. Prepare the mushrooms keeping them in their natural form

They have a very distinct flavor of their own that can be enhanced by the simple addition of butter or olive oil. Mushrooms have a lot of water, so they decrease a lot when cooking. Also, be aware that they absorb fat quickly, so use only quality butter and oils.

  • Roast the mushrooms to bring out their natural sweetness. Cover them with oil and put them in the oven at a temperature of 400 degrees; leave them there until they are golden brown.
  • Spread the mushrooms in breadcrumbs and fry them in hot oil. Use a good quality oil.
  • Saute chopped mushrooms with soy sauce (soy sauce) and oil to make a simple dish.
  • Grill mushrooms in summer. Just place the mushrooms directly on the grill and let them brown. Also try marinating them for a special flavor.
  • Saute mushrooms in a pan. This is the most common method. Start with lots of hot oil or butter and sauté them until golden.
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Step 3. Make mushrooms with eggs. These ingredients combine well in simple and easy dishes

  • You can add flavor to scrambled eggs with mushrooms and garlic.
  • Mushrooms are great in omelets.
  • Add mushrooms to frittatas and quiches for a more natural flavor.
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Step 4. Stuff mushrooms to make a quick appetizer

Many restaurants and parties serve this dish.

  • First, clean the mushroom gills. Remove them so you have room for the stuffing.
  • A quick and easy filling with bread crumbs, eggs, sauteed onions, spices and cheese.
  • Stuff the mushroom until there is a small bump on your hat.
  • Put them in the oven at a temperature of 200 degrees until the mushrooms and fillings are golden brown.
  • Try using different fillings. It can be creative and fun!
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Step 5. Add mushrooms to common dishes

When placed in ready-made recipes, they can give a complex and delicious flavor.

  • Make pasta sauces with mushrooms. They look great in sauces. Even in Alfredo sauce.
  • Mushrooms can be used as fillings for ravioli and pies.
  • You can add them to sandwich fillings, paninis, tortillas and other staples to add flavor and consistency. You can even make a mushroom sandwich.
  • Put mushrooms on pizzas.
  • Add mushrooms to meat to add flavor. They go well with beef and chicken. They are often used as a topping for steaks and roasts.

Method 2 of 5: Making a Simple Mushroom Sauce

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Step 1. Add ingredients

It will be easier to prepare the sauce if you have everything at your fingertips. You will need:

  • Butter.
  • 220 grams of sliced ​​mushrooms.
  • A chive cut into cubes.
  • ¾ cup of beef broth.
  • Fresh herbs.
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Step 2. Melt two teaspoons of butter in a skillet in which all the mushrooms spread in one layer will fit

  • Do not set the heat too high for this step or the butter will start to brown.
  • Pay attention to the melted butter, which should cover the bottom of the pan.
  • When the butter stops frothing, it's because it's hot and you can add other ingredients.
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Step 3. Place the 220 grams of sliced ​​mushrooms and chives cut into cubes in the skillet

Don't leave the mushrooms huddled together.

  • Saute the mushrooms until golden and tender.
  • Be careful not to burn the chives. Its flavor is very delicate.
  • Raise the fire.
  • Add ¾ cup of broth and simmer for five minutes. So your sauce will thicken.
  • Cook over medium to low heat.
  • Stir the sauce from time to time so it doesn't stick to the pan.
  • Keep an eye out and be careful that the sauce doesn't spill.
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Step 4. Remove pan from heat

Add another teaspoon of butter and fresh herbs of your choice, and stir.

  • Thyme or tarragon are good seasonings that can complement your sauce. Chives and basil are also great choices.
  • Stir a lot until the butter and herbs are well mixed with the sauce.
  • Use the sauce on your plate while it's still hot. It goes with chicken, steak or even pasta.

Method 3 of 5: Making Simple Mushroom Soup

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Step 1. Buy all ingredients

You'll need everything in your power to make the soup quickly. You will need:

  • 1/4 cup of chopped onions.
  • Butter.
  • 3 cups of chopped mushrooms.
  • 6 teaspoons of flour.
  • 2 cans of chicken stock.
  • Salt and pepper.
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Step 2. Melt two teaspoons of butter in a saucepan large enough to hold 3 cups of mushrooms and stock

  • Do not heat the butter over high heat or it will brown very quickly.
  • Use medium/high heat and see if the butter covers the bottom of the pan as it melts.
  • When the butter stops frothing, add the other ingredients.
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Step 3. Add the onion

You will brown them in butter.

  • Stir the onions often so they cook evenly.
  • Saute them until they are translucent and lightly browned.
  • Leave the heat on medium.
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Step 4. Add the chopped mushrooms to the braised onion

They will cook in the next few minutes.

  • Cook the mushrooms until golden and tender.
  • Do not cook them for too long as they can have a rubbery texture.
  • If you like, add some garlic to this step.
  • When you finish cooking the mushrooms, continue making the rest of the soup.
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Step 5. Mix the flour into the chicken broth

Add this mixture to the mushroom.

  • Boil the ingredients, and stir them from time to time so the mushrooms don't stick to the pan.
  • Cook for two minutes. The mixture will thicken.
  • If the soup doesn't thicken after two minutes, try cooking it for a few more minutes.
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Step 6. Add equal parts of milk and cream and a pinch of salt and pepper

This is the last cooking step.

  • Leave on low heat.
  • Cook the soup for 15 minutes.
  • Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve it hot.

Method 4 of 5: Using Dried Mushrooms

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Step 1. Buy dried mushrooms

You can find them in most supermarkets. They were more expensive, but now the price is going down. One advantage of using dried mushrooms is that a small portion is enough to add a lot of flavor to a dish.

  • There are generally two varieties of dried mushrooms: Asian mushrooms (such as shiitake and Auricularia polytricha) and Euro-American mushrooms (morchella, porcini, thistle mushroom etc.).
  • They last a year if kept in a dry, closed container.
  • Dried mushrooms are often used with cheaper fresh mushrooms to increase flavor.
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Step 2. Rehydrate the mushrooms

You will need to do this to use them.

  • There are many advantages to this process. Mushrooms will rehydrate quickly by absorbing water and the liquid they are left in will have a lot of flavor and can be used in many recipes.
  • Before you start making any mushroom recipes, rehydrate them.
  • Use room temperature water. Cover the mushrooms generously.
  • Thinly sliced ​​mushrooms need only soak for about half an hour.
  • Mushrooms whole or cut into thick slices may have to soak for eight hours or more.
  • After soaking, rinse the mushrooms to remove any dirt. One of the downsides to using dried mushrooms is that many varieties come with unpleasant sand. Wash them after they have soaked to remove this sand.
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Step 3. Save the water in which they soaked

This liquid has a great flavor and can be used in recipes such as broth.

  • If you don't want to use this water right away, put it in a container and store it in the fridge. So it will last for a few days.
  • If necessary, it is possible to freeze it for a longer period.
  • The remaining liquid tends to have a lot of mushroom sand.
  • You will need to strain this water before using it.

Method 5 of 5: Finding Mushrooms

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Step 1. Know the mushroom species

It takes a lot of knowledge to know which mushrooms are edible, what they are like and where they grow.

  • Some known types of wild mushrooms are: morchella, black shimeji and Hericium erinaceus (lion's mane).
  • Be careful. Some species of poisonous mushrooms can look very similar or identical to popular edible mushrooms.
  • For example, Chlorophyllum molybdites is very toxic, but looks a lot like the Agaricus bisporus (champignon) that is found in any market.
  • Only eat a mushroom if you are 100% sure it is edible.
  • Even after you've identified a mushroom, try a small piece before eating a whole one to see if it will react.
  • Use different guides to identify a mushroom. If you're not sure, ask an expert before using it in the kitchen.
  • When in doubt, throw the mushroom away.
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Step 2. Look for mushrooms in wooded regions

This activity is not for the casual food hunter. Poison mushrooms are very toxic and can cause severe illness or even death.

  • Some mushrooms grow on fallen trees or roots and others grow on the ground.
  • It's a good idea to take a mushroom guide with you to identify areas where mushrooms grow and what species they are.
  • Mushrooms have different seasons. Mushroom season runs from late spring to early autumn in most of North America.
  • The best time to go for mushrooms is after a rainy season. They need a lot of moisture to grow.
  • If you're hunting mushrooms in an unfamiliar region, ask locals for advice. There are deadly twins, that is, mushrooms that are edible in one region can be poisonous in another, even if they look the same.
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Step 3. Pick some mushrooms

Keep varieties separate. If you pick a toxic mushroom by accident, it can contaminate others.

  • Use a flat-bottomed basket. You can also use a flat-bottomed cloth bag reinforced with a piece of cardboard.
  • Avoid using shopping bags. They tend to add moisture and this can diminish the taste and quality of the mushrooms.
  • Plastic bags don't provide enough protection either. If you use one of these, you can hurt or crush the mushrooms if you hit something.
  • Use a pocketknife to cut the mushroom at the base.
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Step 4. See if it's fresh

Nobody wants stained and old species.

  • Fresh mushrooms have a clean, shiny hat and have no blemishes or bruises.
  • Coverslips should be light pink or not too dark.
  • If you think a mushroom isn't that fresh and good, don't pick it.
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Step 5. Buy mushrooms at the supermarket

If you don't want to go to the trouble of hunting mushrooms or don't have the necessary knowledge to do so, just buy them at the market, for a relatively low price.

  • Most markets tend to have at least mushrooms.
  • Specialty stores may have rarer and more expensive species of mushroom, such as morchella, Cantharellus cibarius (canary or little boys), black truffle and maitake.
  • Many stores now sell more rare and imported dried mushrooms. They are less expensive than fresh ones and can be rehydrated.


  • Mushrooms need to breathe, so don't store them in plastic containers. The plastic will form droplets that will soak the mushrooms.
  • Store mushrooms in the refrigerator for a maximum of one to two days; leave them in a paper bag.
  • Never soak mushrooms as they will absorb too much water.
  • Don't cook mushrooms for too long. They can have a rubbery texture.
  • Avoid slimy or spotted mushrooms.


  • Do not eat wild mushrooms unless you are sure of their species. It's very dangerous as it could end up picking a poisonous one!
  • Consult a mushroom expert if you want to know for sure what species a wild mushroom is.
  • Know the regulations that prohibit mushroom picking, or you could get fined.

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