Easy Sautéed Mushrooms

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Sautéed mushrooms can be served as a side dish or as a flavorful addition to your favorite pasta or protein dishes.

Sautéed mushrooms in a pan with a spatula and parsley

What Types of Mushrooms Can Be Sautéed? 

Many different types of mushrooms can be sautéed using the method below. We used cremini mushrooms (aka baby Bella mushrooms), but you can also use white button mushrooms, shiitake, morels, portobello, or king oyster mushrooms.

Three packs of mushrooms spilling onto a countertop. Baby Bella, cremini, and white.

How To Clean Mushrooms and Prepare for Sautéing 

If you are using mushrooms that aren’t already pre-sliced, be sure to wipe them off using a damp paper towel. There is no need to take the stems off of the mushrooms before slicing. After the mushrooms have been cleaned off, use a sharp knife to slice into 1/4″ to 1/2″ slices. 

The Secret Ingredient 

Want to know the secret to flavorful, meaty-tasting mushrooms? Soy sauce. I know it sounds strange but the soy sauce adds a more flavorful dimension than just plain salt and you will hardly even notice it. The only thing you will taste is a deep, rich flavor. Don’t add too much because adding too much liquid will steam the mushrooms and you don’t want that. Just a teaspoon or two will do the trick. 

Cook sautéed mushrooms in a pan with parsley

More Flavor Ideas

If you are looking to switch things up and try new flavor profiles with your mushrooms, give some of these ideas a try:

  • Sautéed onions – Sauté some onions for a few minutes before adding your ingredients to make sautéed mushrooms. Just toss them all together and you have a bold new profile that goes great with grilled steak or chicken
  • Red wine – Just a splash of white wine will give your mushrooms a rich, deep flavor. Use the wine in place of the soy sauce.
  • Thyme – a sprig or two of thyme will give your mushrooms a nice, earthy flavor. 
  • Black pepper – You don’t need to add salt to the mushrooms because the soy sauce will add plenty of sodium, but a little black pepper adds a nice little spice. 
  • Worcestershire sauce – I like to use Worcestershire sauce in lieu of the soy sauce when using the sautéed mushrooms as a topping on burgers. It gives the sautéed mushrooms are more savory BBQ-y flavor. 
  • Balsamic Vinegar – A little splash of balsamic vinegar will give the mushrooms a zesty, tangy flavor that is great with spaghetti dishes
  • Fresh Lemon – A squeeze of fresh lemon juice over your mushrooms after they have finished cooking will give them a bright, acidic flavor.

How Do You Saute Mushrooms Without Getting Them Soggy?

One way to keep mushrooms from getting soggy is making sure you are cooking at a high enough heat. If you try to saute the mushrooms at too low of a temperature they will get soggy. Make sure your butter is nice and hot before adding the mushrooms too. Once your mushrooms are hot and crispy on the outside, serve immediately. Don’t allow them to cool down or they will soften and get soggy.

A close up of a sautéed mushroom on a spatula

Should I Cover Mushrooms When Sautéing?

No. Do not cover the mushrooms when sautéing. When being cooked, the juices from the mushrooms are released. If covered, these juices will become trapped under the lid. This will cause your mushrooms to become steamed. They won’t get those caramelized crispy edges and they won’t be as flavorful. 

Ways to Serve Sautéed Mushrooms

There are easily hundreds of ways that you can serve sautéed mushrooms. They can be served on their own as a side dish with just about anything. They can also be served as a topping or an added ingredient. Serve them over steak, on burgers or sandwiches, over grilled chicken breasts (like Alice Springs Chicken), or with pork chops. You can also serve them over pasta dishes (like Chicken Marsala), rice, casseroles, or potatoes. With this sautéed mushrooms recipe, the sky is the limit. You can create all kinds of delicious dishes. 

A bowl of pasta with sautéed mushrooms over the top

Can I Freeze Mushrooms?

Mushrooms can be frozen, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. They only take minutes to make fresh and they taste best that way. Placing sautéed mushrooms in the freezer will alter the texture, so I would recommend using the frozen mushrooms in casseroles or soups where the texture won’t be as noticeable. 

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How to Make Sauteed Mushrooms

Sautéed mushrooms in a pan

Sautéed Mushrooms

5 from 2 votes
Sautéed mushrooms can be served as a side dish or as a flavorful addition to your favorite pasta, rice, or protein dishes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 3 tablespoons butter (or garlic infused extra virgin olive oil)
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms (button, white, baby Bella ,or cremini)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (or to taste)
  • parsley (optional garnish)


  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When butter is melted and hot, add mushrooms. Stir until mushrooms are all covered in butter.
    Raw mushrooms in a frying pan
  • Sauté for about 3 minutes or until mushrooms begin to brown. Add soy sauce and continue to sauté. You don't need to stir constantly. Allowing the mushrooms to sit for a couple minutes between stirs will allow the mushrooms to get crispy edges.
    Sautéed mushrooms in a frying pan with soy sauce being poured over the top
  • Keep sautéing for 3-4 more minutes or until the mushrooms are a deep golden brown and develop a slightly crispy skin. Remove from pan and serve immediately. Garnish with parsley (optional).
    A close up of a sautéed mushroom on a spatula

Nutrition Information

Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 154mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 262IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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