Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic

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Sauteed Mushrooms are a staple around here adding rich deep flavor to steak dinners and delicious alongside roast chicken dishes. They’re the perfect addition to soups, stews and even cooked rice!

In this easy recipe, mushrooms are sauteed in garlic butter with a dash of soy sauce. Soy sauce not only adds great flavor but helps to caramelize these delicious mushrooms to a deep golden brown.

Sauteed Mushrooms ready to serve

The Perfect Sauteed Mushrooms

Sauteed Mushrooms are one of my all time favorite veggies (along with Bacon Wrapped Asparagus), they add such a deliciously earthy rich flavor to dishes and are ready in just minutes. Fried Mushrooms with garlic are the perfect side dish or make a great topping for Pork Tenderloin or burgers!

How do you make fried mushrooms? Truthfully, fried mushrooms are easy to make but there are a few things you can do to take your sauteed mushrooms from ordinary to extraordinary.

Fresh mushrooms sliced and ready to make the best Sauteed Mushrooms

How to Make Sauteed Mushrooms

The key to a deep rich flavor and making the best sauteed mushrooms is to allow them to caramelize and add aromatics (garlic/thyme) and salt (soy sauce). I add lots of garlic but you can also add fry onions for the perfect sauteed mushrooms and onions burger topping!

You can use any kind of fresh mushrooms in this recipe, sauteed portobellos are a delicious meaty option as well!

How to Caramelize Mushrooms:

There are a few secrets to getting mushrooms to caramelize perfectly! Start by wiping mushrooms with a damp paper towel.  Quickly rinsing mushrooms under water  is ok, but if you leave them too long it can cause their spongy texture to soak up the water which, as you’d imagine, can result in soggy sauteed mushrooms.  Instead, give them a quick rinse and dab them dry or wipe them with a damp paper towel or a mushroom brush!

  1. Use Butter and Olive Oil:  The combination of the two adds great flavor and definitely makes a difference to oil alone.
  2. Do Not Crowd the Pan: If you crowd the pan your mushrooms will simmer in their own juices rather than caramelize.
  3. Do Not Stir Too Much: The key to caramelized mushrooms is allowing the mushrooms to form a crust which means you need to let them sit on one side without stirring.
  4. Turn Up the Heat: Add additional flavors such as wine or Worcestershire sauce in small quantities while the pan is very hot.

Sauteed Mushrooms caramelized to a golden brown

While I love using fried mushrooms to top a steak or burger, they also add amazing flavor to any mushroom recipe!  They’re perfect to cook and add to casseroles, soups and stews.  The extra flavor and caramelization will add tons of depth to your dishes with very little extra effort.

Can You Freeze Sauteed Mushrooms?

Yes you can, fried or sauteed mushrooms freeze well (although the texture can change slightly) and are great to add to Pasta Sauce, omelettes and chicken or beef stews.

  • Cook and cool as directed.
  • Lay them out on a baking sheet and freeze flat.
  • Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or container.

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Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Sauteed Mushrooms are an amazing side dish or make a great topping for steaks or burgers! The key to the deep rich flavor is to allow the mushrooms to caramelize.


  • 1 lb white or brown mushrooms or cremini or portobello
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine optional
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme or a pinch of dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • chives for garnish optional

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  1. Clean mushrooms by gently wiping with a paper towel or using a mushroom brush. Slice into thick slices (about 1/2").

  2. Add butter and oil to a pan and heat over medium high heat.
  3. Quickly toss the mushrooms & soy sauce (do not do this ahead of time, this will remove too much moisture from the mushrooms)
  4. Add the mushrooms to the pan and toss with olive oil mixture. Do not stir allow to cook about 4-5 minutes without disturbing to brown on one side.

  5. Add white wine if using and allow to evaporate. Add garlic and thyme (if using). Continue cooking an additional 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally until cooked.

  6. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 142, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 307mg, Potassium: 370mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 3.5%, Vitamin C: 3.9%, Calcium: 0.6%, Iron: 3.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I love this! This proves that mushroom is another amazing and indeed
    a magical plant. Thank you for sharing those mouth-watering recipe. Will surely give it a try. Amazing!

  2. why wd u put those facebook, twitter, etc symbols on the side covering the text? Do u really need them there? I want to read this but I can’t.

    1. They aren’t showing near the text for me on any of my devices (laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile). Which device are you using so I can check into it.

          1. I use Firefox and sometimes that happens to me too. I usually just reduce the size of my screen a little bit and it takes the icons out from in front of the words. (Hold the Ctrl while rolling down one or two notches on your mouse wheel). Hope that helps.

          2. Thank you Barbara. We are hopefully going to get this fixed early next week. I appreciate you letting me know!

  3. These were absolutely divine! I used low sodium soy sauce and I threw in an extra clove of garlic. I used buttons, and it was so good! Thank you for posting this!

  4. The whole don’t wash your mushrooms thing is a myth. Wash away, especially if you are cooking them. Must easier to get them clean and free of crunchy silt.

      1. I agree, a quick wash never hurt anything – just don’t soak them – as if anyone would (oops, I’m sure there are a few).

  5. If I were to make these the night before, what would you think the best way to reheat them would be? In the oven at 350 degrees until warmed through?

    1. I would not cook them all the way the night before and then just toss them into a hot frying pan with some oil for a few minutes. I’d be afraid the oven would dry them out.

      1. I have microwave them. They are browned not crisp so they reheat well. Or in a small pan set to low off set covered like I do to re heat tater tots.