How to Cook Mushrooms Perfectly

Frying Mushrooms
By: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods, they’re not only delicious but have a rich texture that can help to add flavor and boost satiety. There are many different types of mushrooms, all with slightly different flavors and textures, but in this recipe I’m using shiitake. Sautéing mushrooms is an art, and this recipe comes from my mother, who had learned this technique in a cooking class, and I must say it’s the best way to sauté mushrooms that I’ve found, so I’m thrilled to share this with you. The key to this recipe really is heating the pan and the oil before adding the mushrooms (step 5). Enjoy!

6 Steps to Properly Sauté Mushrooms

Sauteeing Mushrooms

Step 1: Wash about 8-10 shiitake or other mushrooms (these are shiitake); remember to wash them well because mushrooms can be pretty dirty.

Wash mushrooms

Step 2: Remove the stems by pulling away from the mushroom top.

Remove stems

Step 3: Using a sharp knife, slice the mushroom tops and set aside.

Chopped mushrooms

Step 4: Turn on the stovetop to high and heat a small sauté pan for about 1 minute, then add 1 Tbsp olive oil, and heat for another minute.

Step 5: Add the mushrooms to the heated pan and continue to cook on high for about 1 minute, then reduce heat to medium and continue to sauté, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Sautteing Mushrooms 2

Step 6: After about 5-6 minutes of intermittent stirring, remove from heat, add a pinch of salt and pepper then serve the mushrooms with your favorite dish or on their own.

Cooked Mushrooms

For more recipes with mushrooms try these:

Cashew Cream Stuffed Mushrooms

Avocado Cream of Mushroom Soup

Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

Isabel is a Registered Dietitian, wellness expert and fitness coach. Isabel has her own nutrition and wellness practice based in New York City, Isabel Smith Nutrition, but she works with clients and corporations both nationwide and worldwide in a variety of areas including skin health, weight loss, gastrointestinal issues and allergies, sports nutrition, general wellness and more. As a Guided Reboot coach, Isabel has helped hundreds juice their way to better health. When she isn’t helping clients achieve optimal nutrition and wellness, she can be found trying and creating new juices and making other healthy recipes, running, cooking, spinning, practicing yoga, and enjoying time with her two Yorkshire terriers. Isabel is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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