How to Sauté Mushrooms

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Mushrooms are a delicious plant packed with vitamins and minerals. With so many different varieties and flavors in these little fungi, it’s not hard to see why they’re compatible with so many different types of dishes. From burgers to pasta to all manner of other foods, there’s little that can’t be improved by their addition.

That’s exactly why we’re here today. We’re going to teach you how to sauté mushrooms in butter on the stove for a quick and healthy side for steak, meatloaf, other proteins or just to eat on their own.

Sauteed mushrooms with thyme twigs in a porcelain dish on wooden counter.

Spiced up with the addition of onions, garlic, and fresh herbs–plus a little white wine, you might not even need a main course once you’ve had a taste of just how good a sautéed mushroom can be. Let’s get started.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Prepped ingredients for sauteed mushrooms on a granite cutting board.
  • 3 cups cremini or button mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled, then lightly smashed & minced
  • ½ cup onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Step #2. Clean the Mushrooms

Hands cleaning mushrooms with a paper towel.

Clean the mushrooms with paper towel to eliminate dirt and then slice them. Slice the stems first and then the rest of the mushroom.

COOKING TIP: When cleaning the mushrooms, don’t use water; they will absorb it and lose flavor. It will also be harder to achieve crispy, golden mushrooms when sautéing a mushroom that’s absorbed water.

Slicing mushrooms with a serrated knife.
Woman slicing mushrooms with a serrated knife.
Sliced mushrooms on granite counter, chef holding a knife.

Step #3. Sauté the Onions

Sliced onions frying in a pan, with a wooden spoon.

Melt butter in a high-sided frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions. Turn the heat to low, and stir fry for about 10 minutes.

Sliced onions frying in a pan, with a wooden spoon.

Step #4. Transfer Onion to Bowl

Wooden spoon sliding cooked onion slices into a bowl.

Transfer the garlic and onion to a bowl.

Step #5. Add Mushrooms to Pan

Mushrooms in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Raise the heat to high and add the mushrooms to the pan, making sure you spread them out evenly. You want the heat to be high so that the liquid evaporates as it is released from the mushrooms, avoiding steaming them instead of browning them.

Step #6. Sauté the Mushrooms

Mushrooms sauteed in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Cook without stirring for about 3 minutes, or until the bottoms of the mushrooms are golden brown. Sauté the mushrooms for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the mushrooms are tender.

Step #7. Season Mushrooms

Seasoning mushrooms in a pan.

Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper, to taste.

Step #8. Add Onions Back to Pan

Adding cooked onions to pan with cooked mushrooms.

Add the onion mixture, white wine and fresh thyme leaves to the pan with the mushrooms. Stir and heat through.

Using a wooden spoon to mix mushrooms and onions in pan.
Woman holding a wooden spoon, mixing sauteed mushrooms and onions in a pan.
Woman's hands adding thyme leaves to pan with mushrooms.
Woman adding white wine to a pan of sauteed mushrooms with onion and thyme.

Serve & Enjoy!

Sauteed mushrooms in a porcelain dish with thyme twigs as a garnish, wooden spoon on the side.
Sauteed mushrooms in a porcelain dish with thyme twigs as a garnish, wooden spoon on the side.

You’ve successfully completed our recipe for easy sautéed mushrooms. The end result – a plate full of deliciousness just waiting to be eaten. Don’t keep them waiting too long, as mushrooms are best enjoyed while hot.

This is as much a recipe as it is a technique guide. You can easily customize it by using different mushrooms, different or more herbs, olive oil instead of butter, and potentially hundreds of other ways.

Using these instructions as a base, there’s no telling what kind of amazing culinary creations you might come up with next. Get creative, try something new, and don’t forget to save the leftovers.

This recipe goes well with: Baked Brie

Sauteed mushrooms with thyme twigs in a porcelain dish on wooden counter.

How to Sauté Mushrooms

Joss D
We're going to teach you how to sauté mushrooms in butter on stove for a quick and healthy side for steak or just to eat on their own.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 233 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 cups cremini or button mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 clove garlic - peeled, then lightly smashed and minced
  • ½ cup onion - sliced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions
 

  • Clean the mushrooms with paper towel to eliminate dirt and then slice them. Slice the stems first and then the rest of the mushroom. (When cleaning the mushrooms, don’t use water; they will absorb it and make them harder to brown.)
    3 cups cremini or button mushrooms
    Hands cleaning mushrooms with a paper towel.
  • Melt butter in a high-sided frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions. Turn the heat to low, and stir fry for about 10 minutes.
    3 tbsp. butter, 1 clove garlic, ½ cup onion
    Sliced onions frying in a pan, with a wooden spoon.
  • Transfer the garlic and onion to a bowl.
    Wooden spoon sliding cooked onion slices into a bowl.
  • Raise the heat to high and add the mushrooms to the pan, making sure you spread them out evenly.
    Mushrooms in a pan with a wooden spoon.
  • Cook without stirring for about 3 minutes, or until the bottoms of the mushrooms are golden brown. Sauté the mushrooms for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the mushrooms are tender.
    Mushrooms sauteed in a pan with a wooden spoon.
  • Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper, to taste.
    Seasoning mushrooms in a pan.
  • Add the onion mixture, white wine and fresh thyme leaves to the pan with the mushrooms. Stir and heat through.
    ¼ cup dry white wine, 3 sprigs fresh thyme
    Using a wooden spoon to mix mushrooms and onions in pan.
  • Serve & enjoy!
    Sauteed mushrooms with thyme twigs in a porcelain dish on wooden counter.

Equipment

Frying pan

Nutrition

Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 168mgPotassium: 608mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 905IUVitamin C: 15.3mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 1.7mg

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