Sautéed Mushrooms are the best way to take just about any dish over the top. To make, simply cook sliced button, baby Bella, or even Portobello mushrooms in a skillet, then finish with butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. This quick recipe works as both a side dish or a topper for your steak, chicken, or vegetarian main dish!

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Simple Sautéed Mushrooms Recipe

It never ceases to amaze me when something so simple can taste SO incredible.

Sautéed mushrooms are perfect proof of that.

Cooking them low and slow in a bit of butter and garlic completely transforms them. You get deep, rich flavor for only a little work.

And you can use whatever kind of fresh mushrooms you find at the grocery store.

But don’t rush the process! It’s easy, but it takes just a little bit of time to get a smooth texture that matches that savory flavor.

These are perfect for topping steaks (like this filet mignon or air fryer steak), adding some meaty texture to a chopped kale salad, or just serving up as a quick and easy side dish.

Even those who swear they hate mushrooms might find themselves coming back for more of this recipe, becoming funghi lovers in the process.

Sliced mushrooms, oil, butter, and seasonings are the ingredients for this recipe.

Ingredients

The simple ingredients you need to make the best sautéed mushrooms recipe include:

  • Oil. Either olive oil or avocado oil can be used here.
  • Butter. Be sure to get salted butter for the most flavor. Unsalted works, but you’ll need to add additional salt at the end.
  • Mushrooms. While white button mushrooms were used in this recipe, you can really sub in any type. Portobello mushrooms, baby Bellas, shiitake mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, or other varieties are all delicious. Avoid dried or canned mushrooms.
  • Garlic. Minced garlic is essential for these mushrooms. Avoid subbing in garlic powder or garlic salt if at all possible.

How to Make Sautéed Mushrooms

These are the steps to follow to make the best sautéed mushrooms:

Add Mushrooms to the Skillet

Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt and debris.

(Avoid soaking them in water as this will dilute their flavor. You can learn more about cleaning mushrooms as well as how to store mushrooms.)

Add the oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Give the butter a minute or two to melt completely.

Then, pour in the sliced mushrooms. You want these in a single layer, so don’t overcrowd the pan. Allow them to cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Don’t stir or flip them!

Turn the mushrooms over and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Pro tip: When you’re prepping mushrooms, you can give them a quick rinse if absolutely necessary, but try to only use a damp paper towel to clean them off.

Add the Butter and Garlic

Use a spatula or wooden spoon to move all of the mushrooms to the edge of the pan, leaving a round well in the middle.

Add the last 2 tablespoons of butter along with the garlic. Sauté these two ingredients for about 30 seconds, until you can smell the garlic.

Add the salt and pepper to taste and stir everything together.

Simmer and Serve

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue cooking the mushrooms for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally to keep them from burning.

When they’re ready, sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • How to prep ahead of time: These mushrooms are best enjoyed fresh. But, you can buy whole mushrooms and slice them up to 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
  • How to store: Keep leftover mushrooms in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days.
  • How to freeze: While raw mushrooms don’t freeze well due to their moisture content, cooked mushrooms can be frozen. Allow them to cool completely in the fridge, then store them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 5 to 6 months.
  • How to reheat: For the best results, warm the mushrooms back up in a skillet over medium heat.

How to properly sauté a mushroom?

The best way to sauté mushrooms is over lower heat for a longer period of time. Rushing the process will result in rubbery and unappetizing mushrooms. While you can season them in a variety of ways, they are absolutely delicious with butter, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

A skillet full of mushrooms cooked with butter and garlic.

Are mushrooms good for you?

Mushrooms are surprisingly healthy! Not only are they delicious, but they also have a wide array of health benefits. They can boost your immune system, help fight cancer cells, lower your cholesterol, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Mushrooms are also high in vitamins B and D.

What goes good with sautéed mushrooms?

The short answer is… everything! Sautéed mushrooms can make just about any dish better. Try them in pasta, on protein like chicken breast, pork chops, pork tenderloin, or steak, in salads, or just as a simple side dish.

Dietary Modifications

The recipe you’ll find below is already vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-carb as written. Here are some adjustments and substitutions you can make to help it fit your other dietary requirements:

  • Dairy-free: Skip the butter or use a dairy-free alternative.
  • Vegan: Opt for vegan buttery sticks.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Not too thin. Be sure to slice your mushrooms thick enough so they won’t break down during cooking.
  • Fresh is best. Frozen or canned mushrooms won’t be as good in this recipe.
  • Take your time. Don’t speed up the cooking process. Keep it low and slow for the best flavor!
  • Mix it up. You can use different types of mushrooms in this recipe, or opt for a variety at the same time!
  • Seasons change. All you really need is garlic, salt, and pepper, but you can add your favorite spices or fresh herbs for extra flavor.
A closeup shot of mushrooms being cooked in a skillet.

What to Serve Sautéed Mushrooms With

These mushrooms will make just about any recipe better!

Mushrooms are the perfect complement to a main dish. Top red meat like Filet Mignon or Air Fryer Steak, or stick with a leaner option like Spatchcock Chicken or Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs.

Take your topping game up a notch with these Air Fryer Burgers

Or, add them to favorite side dishes like Green Bean Casserole or Sautéed Spinach.

They make a great side as is, too!

More Mushroom Recipes

Mushrooms are deceptively delicious, and these recipes prove it.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms steal the show.

Other recipes like Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Japchae, and Chicken Marsala utilize the earthy flavors of mushrooms, as well.

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Simple Sautéed Mushrooms

Sautéed Mushrooms are the best way to take just about any dish over the top. To make, simply cook sliced button, baby Bella, or even Portobello mushrooms in a skillet, then finish with butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Yield 6 servings
Prep 3 minutes
Cook 12 minutes
Total 15 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 1 Tbsp. oil olive or avocado
  • 3 Tbsp. butter salted
  • 16 oz. mushrooms white, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, add the sliced mushrooms in a single layer and cook for 4-5 minutes without moving. Flip them over and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Make a well in the center and add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and garlic. Saute for 30 seconds, or until garlic is fragrant. Add salt and pepper, to taste, reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking the mushrooms for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve immediately with a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy!
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Meal Prep and Storage

  • How to prep ahead of time: These mushrooms are best enjoyed fresh. But, you can buy whole mushrooms and slice them up to 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
  • How to store: Keep leftover mushrooms in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days.
  • How to freeze: While raw mushrooms don’t freeze well due to their moisture content, cooked mushrooms can be frozen. Allow them to cool completely in the fridge, then store them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 5 to 6 months.
  • How to reheat: For the best results, warm the mushrooms back up in a skillet over medium heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 211mg, Potassium: 249mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 186IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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