Sauteed mushrooms makes almost everything better! Piled on a steak, spooned over polenta, on top of a rice or grain bowl, a scoopful of tender caramelized mushrooms add savory substance to lots of dishes. And they are great side on their own.
Sautéed Mushrooms: Golden brown and lightly caramelized, sauteed mushrooms are a savory side, and a great topping for anything from a burger to a baked potato!Tweet This
How Much Do Mushrooms Shrink When You Cook Them?
Quite a bit! One pound of mushrooms may look like a lot, but they shrink down considerably when they are cooked. They release a lot of water, and end up somewhere around 1/4 of the original volume once browned. So:
- 4 cups raw/uncooked mushrooms – 1 cup cooked mushrooms
- 3 cups raw/uncooked mushrooms – about 3/4 cup cooked mushrooms
- 2 cups raw/uncooked mushrooms – 1/2 cup cooked mushrooms
- 1 cup raw/uncooked mushrooms – 1/4 cup cooked mushrooms
You should definitely think about doubling this recipe if you want more mushrooms in your meal. However, it is best to cook the mushrooms in two batches, which will allow them to caramelize nicely, but you can do it all in one pan if necessary.
How to Saute Mushrooms
Heat a very large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil, allow to coat the bottom of the pan, then add the mushrooms and the garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes until the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms have turned nicely browned.
The mushrooms will not get nicely browned and caramelized until the water that is released is evaporated.
Taste and adjust seasonings, spoon into a serving bowl, or use as desired. Serve hot or warm.
What Kinds of Mushrooms are Best for Sauteing?
An assortment of cremini, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms is lovely, but play around and see what you like. Plain old button mushrooms are just fine as well!
What to Serve with Sautéed Mushrooms:
Sauteed Mushrooms can be used and served in so many different ways. here are some ideas.
- on Polenta
- on Bruschetta
- with Salmon
- with Grilled NY Strip Steak
- piled on Burgers
- alongside Chicken
- heaped onto a Baked Potato
Sauteed mushrooms are also great in quesadillas, burritos, casseroles, soups, stews and ragouts, chilis, risottos, quiches, dips, pastas, and on and on and on! Also try Polenta with Sauteed Mushrooms, pictured above.
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How to Sauté Mushrooms
- Heat a very large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil, allow to coat the bottom of the pan, then add the mushrooms and the garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes until the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms have turned nicely browned.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, spoon into a serving bowl, or use as desired. Serve hot or warm.
The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.
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