Use this simple guide to boil mushrooms for tender and succulent flesh with just a few ingredients and minimal effort. You can serve it as a side dish or repurpose it for other recipes.
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🍄 About Boiled Mushrooms
Boiling food has often been considered an amateur cooking technique, but when it comes to mushrooms, it's actually the best way to do it.
Mushrooms are naturally porous and filled with many tiny air pockets.
These pockets have a tendency to absorb fluid, so when you saute mushrooms in oil, they absorb all the oil and get really greasy.
Boiling mushrooms makes these air pockets collapse, so they become denser and don't absorb as much oil.
You can enjoy boiled mushrooms as they are or use them in your favorite mushroom recipe. I like to quickly toss them with butter and garlic for an awesome side dish!
👨🍳 How To Boil Mushrooms
⬇️ Detail instructions are provided in the recipe card.
- Prepare the mushrooms: Rinse them under cold, running water. Gently massage them to remove any dirt and mud. Drain them in a colander or use a salad spinner.
- Slice them: Cut them in half; if they're large, slice them into quarters. For shiitake mushrooms, remove and discard the stems, which are tough and woody.
- Boil them: In a large pan, bring 1 cup of water with ½ teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add the mushrooms and boil for 3-4 minutes, then drain the water.
- Finish with flavor: Toss in a tablespoon of butter and some garlic and saute for 1 minute. Enjoy!
- One cup of water might not seem like a lot for boiling mushrooms, but trust me, it's enough. The mushrooms release a lot of water when cooked.
- The leftover mushroom water is quite flavorful, so you can reserve it for other recipes, like using it instead of stock for a mushroom risotto.
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How To Boil Mushrooms
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound mushrooms (any combination of button, cremini, portabello, shiitake, or porcini mushrooms)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
- Rinse mushrooms under cold, running water. Gently massage them to remove any dirt and mud. Drain them in a colander or use a salad spinner.
- Cut mushrooms in half. For shiitake mushrooms, remove and discard the stems, which are tough and woody.
- In a large pan, bring 1 cup of water with ½ teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add mushrooms and boil for 3-5 minutes, then drain the water.
- Add butter and garlic, and saute for 1 minute. Enjoy!