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Air Fryer Mushrooms Recipe

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Cooking mushrooms in the air fryer is a quick and easy way to get a delicious side dish or topping. With just a few simple ingredients and minutes of cooking, you can have crispy and flavorful mushrooms ready to enjoy. Whether you want them for pasta, salads, or as a snack, air fryer mushrooms are versatile and tasty.

You’ll love how the air fryer gives mushrooms a tender yet crispy texture. Plus, using garlic, soy sauce, or parmesan can add a burst of flavor that makes these mushrooms irresistible. Dive into the recipes below to find your favorite way to prepare air fryer mushrooms.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

For making air fryer mushrooms, you will need just a few simple ingredients. Here is a basic list along with possible substitutes:

  • Mushrooms: Use 1 pound of fresh mushrooms. Button or cremini mushrooms work well. You can also use portobello mushrooms if you prefer a meatier texture.

  • Olive Oil: 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil is typically used. You can substitute with melted butter or avocado oil for different flavors.

  • Garlic Powder: Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. If you don’t have garlic powder, you can use 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced.

  • Salt and Pepper: You’ll need 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Feel free to adjust these to taste. Kosher salt is a good option for more even seasoning.

  • Optional Spices: For extra flavor, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of paprika or cayenne pepper for a little heat.

  • Soy Sauce: Some recipes suggest 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for added umami. If you’re reducing sodium, consider using tamari or liquid aminos.

Make sure to coat the mushrooms evenly with your chosen ingredients to ensure they cook well and absorb all the flavors.

Here’s a quick reference in table form:

IngredientAmountPossible Substitutes
Mushrooms1 poundPortobello mushrooms
Olive Oil1-2 tbspMelted butter, avocado oil
Garlic Powder1/2 tspFresh garlic (1-2 cloves)
Salt1/2 tspKosher salt
Pepper1/4 tsp
Paprika (optional)1/4 tspCayenne pepper
Soy Sauce (optional)1 tbspTamari, liquid aminos

Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs.


  1. Prepare the Mushrooms
    Trim any dry stems and slice the mushrooms to your desired thickness.

  2. Season the Mushrooms
    In a bowl, add your sliced mushrooms. Toss with olive oil (or melted butter), minced garlic, salt, and black pepper until well coated.

  3. Preheat the Air Fryer
    Set your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).

  4. Arrange in Basket
    Spread the seasoned mushrooms in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overcrowding.

  5. Cook the Mushrooms
    Air fry the mushrooms for 8-10 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.

  6. Check and Serve
    Once cooked to your liking, remove and serve warm. Enjoy your crispy and delicious air fryer mushrooms!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Start with fresh mushrooms. Fresh mushrooms work best in an air fryer. They keep a firm texture and rich flavor.

Prep your mushrooms properly. Wipe them clean with a damp paper towel. Avoid rinsing them, as they can absorb too much water.

Season well. Garlic, salt, and pepper are basics. Try avocado oil and soy sauce for additional flavor. Parmesan cheese also adds a tasty touch.

Don’t overcrowd the basket. Arrange the mushrooms in a single layer. This ensures even cooking and crispiness.

Shake halfway through. Halfway through the cooking time, give the basket a gentle shake. This helps all the mushrooms cook evenly.

Find the right cooking time. Adjust the time based on your mushroom’s size and type. Usually, 10-15 minutes at 380°F to 400°F should work well.

Creative Seasoning Ideas

  • Garlic Butter: Melt butter and mix with minced garlic.
  • Chili Flakes: Add a bit of heat for extra spice.
  • Dried Herbs: Use thyme or oregano for extra flavor.

Storing Air Fryer Mushrooms

Store in an airtight container. Use a container to keep your mushrooms fresh for up to 3 days.

Reheat in the air fryer. To keep them crispy, reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for about 5 minutes.

Avoid long-term freezing to maintain texture and taste.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

  • Garlic Parmesan: Add garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and thyme. This makes the mushrooms savory and delicious.
  • Soy Sauce Marinade: Toss mushrooms with soy sauce, olive oil, and a touch of garlic powder. This gives a nice umami flavor.
  • Butter and Herbs: Use melted butter with a mix of your favorite herbs like rosemary or thyme for a rich taste.

For a quick guide, here is a simple table for your seasoning combinations:

Garlic ParmesanGarlic Powder, Parmesan, Thyme
Soy Sauce MarinadeSoy Sauce, Olive Oil, Garlic Powder
Butter and HerbsMelted Butter, Rosemary or Thyme

Serving Suggestions

  • Appetizer: Serve your air fryer mushrooms with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
  • Side Dish: Pair these mushrooms with grilled chicken, steak, or fish to add a tasty vegetable to your meal.
  • Topping: Use these mushrooms as a topping for salads, pizzas, or burgers. They add a depth of flavor to any dish.

Feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs based on your preferences.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.