How to Cook Mushrooms Perfectly

My easy method for how to cook mushrooms makes the most delicious mushrooms (trust me). This recipe is my absolute favorite way to cook mushrooms. They are golden brown, perfectly cooked, and flavorful.

Mushrooms Recipe Video

I love this mushroom recipe so much and make it all the time. The mushrooms turn golden brown, buttery, and have the perfect texture.

Everything happens on the stove for this quick and easy recipe. If you’d prefer to roast mushrooms, see this roasted mushrooms recipe.

How to Cook Mushrooms

Key Ingredients

  • Mushrooms: You can use pretty much any variety of mushrooms in this recipe. Remove any hard stems and cut or tear your mushrooms into similar-sized pieces. In the photos, I used cremini and shiitake mushrooms, but portobello, oyster, and wild mushrooms are all excellent.
  • Olive oil: I cook my mushrooms in the skillet with olive oil (I like how it adds a golden brown crust and flavor).
  • Butter, garlic, lemon, and thyme: After cooking my mushrooms, I stir in butter, garlic, fresh lemon zest, fresh thyme leaves, and a bit of lemon juice. These ingredients combine to create a light buttery sauce for the mushrooms (it’s out of this world).

How to Cook Mushrooms

We will saute our mushrooms in a skillet on the stove for this easy recipe. Start by heating olive oil in a wide skillet over medium heat.

I like using a wide, heavy-bottomed pan for the best results. The wide pan allows me to add more mushrooms without layering them on top of each other too much (which causes them to steam instead of saute).

You’ll add the mushrooms in one layer (or close to it) and leave them until they start to pick up some color (3 to 5 minutes). Stir them, then spread them back into a layer to turn golden on the second side.

When your mushrooms are mostly golden brown on all sides, season with salt and pepper, and if you want to add them, garlic, lemon, thyme, and butter. It’s so simple and so good!

Our best method for how to cook mushrooms

My Tips for Cooking Mushrooms

  1. Keep mushrooms dry: Use a slightly damp paper towel to brush off any dirt, and unless your mushrooms are really dirty, avoid submerging them in water or rinsing them. Mushrooms act like sponges, absorbing water, making mushrooms squeaky instead of flavorful and browned.
  2. Don’t crowd mushrooms in the pan: This one comes from Julia Child and other famous chefs. If you pile raw mushrooms up on top of each other in a pan, they will steam. If you spread them out, they will brown and crisp around the edges. This is why I like using a wide skillet to cook mushrooms. The wider size gives me more room.
  3. Salt your mushrooms at the end: I know this seems odd, but mushrooms are one of the only things I salt towards the end of cooking. Salt brings out moisture, which, in the case of mushrooms, prevents them from browning in the pan.

Storing Cooked Mushrooms

Cooked mushrooms last, stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze them for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in a skillet or oven.

More Mushroom Recipes

How to Cook Mushrooms Perfectly

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This is my favorite way to cook mushrooms. Use any variety for this recipe. When cooking the mushrooms, make sure they are spread into one layer in the pan and not crowded so they brown instead of steam. You can make this easy mushroom recipe with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Or, for more flavor, add the butter, thyme, and lemon.

Makes 2 servings, about 1/2 cup each

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

8 ounces mushrooms such as cremini, shiitake or Portobello (2 ½ cups chopped)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt or more to taste

1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 tablespoon butter, optional

1 garlic clove, minced, optional

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried, optional

1 tablespoon fresh grated lemon zest, optional

Juice of half a lemon, optional


    1Using a damp paper towel, brush off dirt from the mushrooms. Cut away and discard any hard stems. Chop into 1/4-inch slices or, if the mushrooms are larger, like portobello, cut into 1/4-inch cubes.

    2Heat the olive oil in a large, wide skillet over medium heat.

    3Add the mushrooms and spread into one layer. Then cook, without moving, until browned on one side, 3 to 5 minutes.

    4Stir then cook another 3 to 5 minutes or until mostly golden brown on all sides. Stir in the salt and pepper.

    5For lemon garlic mushrooms, stir in the butter, garlic, thyme, and lemon zest. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the butter absorbs into the mushrooms, about 2 minutes.

    6Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in lemon juice.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Try truffle or porcini salt: If you can find it (we buy it online or in specialty kitchen shops), swap regular sea salt for truffle or porcini salt. This deepens the mushroom flavor and tastes incredible!
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. Nutrition provided is for the lemon garlic version of the recipe.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size about 1/2 cup / Calories 140 / Protein 4 g / Carbohydrate 5 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 3 g / Total Fat 13 g / Cholesterol 15 mg / Sodium 298 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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30 comments… Leave a Review
  • Terence Belton December 9, 2023, 5:40 am

    I have tried several ways to cook home grown Blue Oyster mushrooms even boiling them first without succes
    They are rubbery and difficult to chew paticularly the stalks. Any suggestions most welcome

  • Debra November 28, 2023, 9:03 pm

    My husband and I love this recipe! Made it tonight for the first time. So easy to make and so delicious. The perfect way to make mushrooms.

  • Lise Gray May 22, 2023, 6:24 pm

    hi… these are excellent! so yummy.. my partner said do you have any more??? LOL so, the mushrooms are on sale this week, I will buying 4 containers….

  • Kaz April 23, 2023, 12:43 am

    Mushrooms fried in butter. Stir in a little cream before serving. Top with one of the following: Shaved parmesan, Finely sliced black truffle, Dill or, French tarragon. Season with ground black peppercorn

  • Debbie April 4, 2023, 9:37 pm

    I bought a punnet of button mushrooms a few days ago. I’d forgotten to use them so I looked up a recipe. Ten minutes later they’re in a bowl in front of me. Taste delicious for brunch.I did add to much butter but not bad for a first attempt

  • Flo Gratton March 6, 2023, 8:40 am

    I enjoy your recipes and tips. Could I have your latest recipes please.

  • Kathleen October 10, 2022, 7:17 am

    Sounds delicious and easy. I’m making these today.

  • Isabelle May 3, 2022, 11:34 pm

    Is it okay to do this with white button mushrooms? Is this suitable to be eaten on toast? Just wondering, sounds amazing though!

    • Joanne July 15, 2022, 6:25 pm

      Yes to everything! Any variety of mushroom will work and this recipe is excellent when served on toast.

  • Brenda Gamrat March 13, 2022, 5:43 pm

    Best mushrooms I have had for a while. I made the lemon ones.

  • Valerie P November 9, 2021, 7:25 pm

    Okay !! This is the best and tastiest way !! Thank you

  • Kswl November 5, 2021, 1:31 pm

    This is the perfect way to cook mushrooms! I added a couple of squeezes of lemon juice in addition to the zest, thyme and minced garlic. Added these to tagliatelle tossed with cream, grated parmesan, and truffle butter, and served with a grating of fresh parm. Best pasta dish ever, hands down, delicious and incredibly satisfying.

  • Llyrah Reyes October 24, 2021, 6:33 pm

    Love it. The mushrooms taste amazing!

  • george May 25, 2021, 6:00 pm

    Great Taste, I even drizzle a touch of fresh honey when they are finished.

  • george May 25, 2021, 5:58 pm

    Great, I even drizzle just a bit of fresh honey after they are finished


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