Air Fryer Mushrooms (Crispy + Flavor Packed!)

Upgrade everyday dinners and holiday meals with Air Fryer Mushrooms! Perfectly seasoned and endlessly customizable, this quick and easy recipe serves as a delectable side dish or topping for burgers, steaks, and beyond.

In case you’re wondering, “Can you cook mushrooms in an air fryer?” the answer is a resounding, “Absolutely!” And they’re a game-changer in the world of quick and delicious air fryer recipes.

In this Air Fryer Mushrooms recipe, cremini mushrooms are quickly marinated in soy sauce and simple herbs and spices, then cooked to plump, golden brown perfection in 15 minutes or less.

I love piling them on top of a juicy steak, folding them into a batch of risotto, and serving them as an umami-loaded side dish with dinners and holiday meals.

Ingredients for air fryer mushrooms on counter.

Why you’ll love it

Cooking everyday veggies, like mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and garlic, in the air fryer is just plain foolproof. In this recipe, a simple 7-ingredient marinade highlights the mushroom’s hidden earthy, umami flavors, while the air fryer’s hot circulating air gives them the absolute best texture. Crisp, tender, and caramelized, the mushrooms steal the show wherever they’re served.

Furthermore, this air fryer mushroom recipe is essentially a canvas for creative customizations. Use a medley of mushroom varieties, switch up the marinade and seasonings, or experiment with the serving options. The possibilities to turn these mushrooms into a fungi feast are endless!

Ingredients 

  • Mushrooms – I love the rich and umami-forward flavor cremini mushrooms (AKA brown mushrooms) develop when they’re air fried. For a milder flavor, use white button mushrooms. Feeling adventurous? Try shiitake, oyster, portobello, maitake, or a mix of different kinds.
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce – This enhances the natural umami flavor of the mushrooms and helps the edges caramelize as they air fry. Instead of soy sauce, you can use Worcestershire or gluten free tamari.
  • Herbs and spices – Garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme (or, try one of these thyme substitutes), salt, and black pepper give the mushrooms complimentary savory-earthy flavors.

How to cook mushrooms in the air fryer

After cleaning and cutting the mushrooms, place them in a bowl and toss them with olive oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper. 

Arrange the mushrooms in a single layer in the air fryer basket.

Cook until the mushrooms are crisped to your liking, tossing them once or twice during the process. Serve immediately. 

Tips and tricks

  • Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt, then dry them very well before tossing them in the marinade and air frying.
  • Make sure the mushrooms are cooked in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to steaming and, ultimately, mushy mushrooms. Air fry your mushrooms in batches if needed. 
  • During cooking, don’t forget to shake the basket a few times so all sides of the ‘shrooms can be exposed to the hot air.
  • Keep an eye on the mushrooms towards the end of the cooking time. They’re done when they’re juicy and tender on the inside and golden brown and crisped on the outside.  

Variations

The beauty of this air fryer mushroom recipe is the ability to make it your own with more marinades and seasonings. Here are my favorite variations:

  • Garlic and herb: Toss the mushrooms with olive oil, minced garlic, dried thyme, rosemary, parsley (or a pre-mixed Italian seasoning blend), salt, and pepper.
  • Soy ginger: Create an Asian-inspired glaze by tossing the mushrooms with soy sauce, honey, minced garlic and ginger, and a touch of sesame oil.
  • Balsamic: Marinate the mushrooms in balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and olive oil briefly before air frying for tangy and savory flavors.
  • More marinade ideas: You can also soak the mushrooms in my zesty Greek chicken marinade or garlicky grilled lamb marinade.
Air fryer mushrooms in bowl topped with minced parsley.

FAQs

How long does it take to cook mushrooms in the air fryer?

At 400°F, mushrooms generally take between 10 and 15 minutes in the air fryer. However, the cooking time can vary depending on the size of the mushrooms and your desired level of crispiness. Be sure to check them every so often and adjust the time accordingly.

Why are my air fried mushrooms soggy?

This is likely because the mushrooms were not dried properly after cleaning or cooked in an overcrowded air fryer basket. Using too much oil can also yield soggy mushrooms.

How do you store cooked mushrooms?

Store the leftover mushrooms in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Can you reheat mushrooms in an air fryer?

Yes! Lay the leftover mushrooms in an even layer in the air fryer basket and air fry at 350°F for 3 to 5 minutes.

Serving suggestions

These mouthwatering mushrooms are wonderful alongside meats like chicken, lamb chops, and roast beef, spooned over juicy grilled steaks, used as a topping on homemade pizza, folded into creamy pasta dishes, or piled on top of a juicy burger or cheesesteak sandwich.

For an extra pop of flavor, feel free to replace the mushrooms in these recipes with the air fryer mushrooms:

air fryer mushrooms in bowl with spoon.

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Crispy air fryer mushrooms in bowl with spoon.

Air Fryer Mushrooms

Upgrade everyday dinners and holiday meals with Air Fryer Mushrooms! Perfectly seasoned and endlessly customizable, this quick and easy recipe serves as a delectable side dish or topping for burgers, steaks, and beyond.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms (cleaned and halved (or quartered depending on size))
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Place cut mushrooms in a bowl and toss with olive oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400-degrees.
  • Place mushrooms in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Air fry for 10 – 15 minutes, tossing occasionally, until crisped to your preference.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

 
  • Wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt, then dry them very well before tossing them in the marinade and air frying.
  • Make sure the mushrooms are cooked in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to steaming and, ultimately, mushy mushrooms. Air fry your mushrooms in batches if needed. 
  • During cooking, don’t forget to shake the basket a few times so all sides of the ‘shrooms can be exposed to the hot air.
  • Keep an eye on the mushrooms towards the end of the cooking time. They’re done when they’re juicy and tender on the inside and golden brown and crisped on the outside. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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