These savory air fryer mushrooms are incredibly delicious, healthy, and easy to make in JUST 15 minutes. Cooking mushrooms in the air fryer is the best way to enjoy their nutritional goodness and the perfect appetizer or side dish with only 2 ingredients required.
🌟 Why this recipe works
Air-fried mushrooms are soft, juicy, and bursting with Unami flavor. They are not watery, unlike pan-fried mushrooms - and have crusty edges that are so addicting you will devour them on your own!
The earthy, sweet aroma of the mushrooms flowing through the house is enough to get everyone at the dinner table in a hurry.
These 15-minute air fryer mushrooms are easy to make with a crispy texture and a moist center. Just season and coat them in olive oil, throw them in the air fryer, and wait until they're done.
They are the perfect side dish for any home cook to whip up without making a mess in the kitchen and pair well with fish, meats, and main vegetarian meals.
Mushroom recipes don't get much better than this! They are budget-friendly, with just oil, seasoning, and a package of mushrooms required.
Air fryer mushrooms require no cooking equipment apart from your air fryer. Ingredients-wise, all you need is some oil and mushrooms.
🍽 Key Ingredients
Fresh mushrooms: I use brown button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) because I always have them on hand, and value wise I get more for my money.
Oil: The oil of choice with this recipe is olive oil because it adds flavor and helps the mushrooms crisp up in the air fryer without making them dry.
You can substitute the button mushrooms for Cremini or Portobello mushrooms for this recipe, as they are all from the same family, and they will not alter the taste.
The Cremini and Portobello mushrooms are larger than button mushrooms and should be chopped into quarters.
🔪 How to make Air Fried Mushrooms
Learn how to make the best air fryer mushrooms with my step-by-step instructions, detailed process shots, and helpful cooking tips. You'll have this air fryer recipe mastered in no time and a delicious batch of mushrooms to share with everyone.
Cut the mushrooms in half. Try to make the size of the slices even so everything cooks evenly.
Pro tip: if you decide to rinse the mushrooms, don't leave them in the water once washed. They will absorb it and become soggy. For best results, pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any dirt.
DRY MUSHROOMS = CRISPY MUSHROOMS
Toss the mushrooms with olive oil until thoroughly coated.
Add black pepper.
Add himalayan salt.
Place the mushrooms in the air fryer basket, making sure they do not overlap so the air can circulate freely.
There's no need to preheat the air fryer, just set it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) and cook mushrooms for 10 minutes.
Remove and serve immediately.
Garnish suggestions: Freshly chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
💭 Cooking Tips
Cutting the mushrooms
Cut the mushrooms the same size to avoid uneven cooking.
Turn the mushrooms during cooking.
Turn the mushrooms or shake the air fryer basket halfway to produce evenly crisp mushrooms.
Cook more batches rather than overlapping the mushrooms in 1 single basket. You need to leave enough room between the mushrooms so that the hot air circulates freely.
Depending on your air fryer model, you may need to adjust the cooking time. Check the mushrooms after 10 minutes to see if they are crispy - if not, cook for another 5 minutes.
📖 Easy Mushroom Variations
Three irresistible variations with different flavors and use the same base recipe.
Air fryer breaded mushrooms
Add some crunch to the mushrooms by mixing them in flavor, egg wash, and bread crumbs. Breading mushrooms and cooking them in the air fryer results in a super crunchy texture while keeping the center soft and juicy.
Air fryer mushrooms with soy sauce
If you love Asian-influenced food, try mixing them with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds before cooking them. Think Chinese-style mushrooms!
Air fryer garlic mushrooms
Garlic mushrooms are my favorite variation. Mix 1 teaspoon of garlic powder with the salt, pepper, and olive before air frying them.
🥗 What to serve with
Air fryer mushrooms are great as an appetizer, as a side dish to the main meal, or simply eating them on their own with a tasty sauce.
Steak, mushrooms, and gravy are simply irresistible for dinner, and these air fryer mushrooms combined with caramelized onion gravy & juicy steak are worthy winners for any family dinner table.
Meatloaf anyone? This stuffed meatloaf with pork rinds is perfect for a hearty, inexpensive family meal to go alongside this tasty side dish. It's ready in under an hour and serves 8 people.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
Can you air fry mushrooms?
Yes, fresh mushrooms like button, cremini, and portabella are fantastic air fried. Unlike oven baked mushrooms, which often dry out, mushrooms cooked in an air fryer are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Can you air fry canned mushrooms?
No, you can not air fry mushrooms in a can! Canned mushrooms contain too much liquid, come pre softened and pre cooked. Attempting to air fry canned mushrooms results in a rubbery or mushy texture. Instead by fresh button mushrooms
What mushrooms can I air fry?
You can air fry button, Portobello, cremini mushrooms, or other edible varieties. For smaller mushrooms like buttons, you should halve them, and for larger mushrooms, cut them into quarters.
Should I clean mushrooms before cooking?
Yes, you should quickly rinse the mushrooms that you will cook with to remove any dirt or debris.
🧊 Storage and ♨️ Reheating
Air fryer mushrooms are great for refrigerating and freezing any leftovers to enjoy later.
In the Fridge: Allow any leftovers to cool, then place them in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
In the Freezer: Let the leftover mushrooms chill entirely before transferring them to an airtight container and place them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat Mushrooms: Reheat the cooked mushrooms in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes until hot and crispy.
👪 Serving size
This air fryer mushrooms recipe yields 2 servings or scales to cater to more guests. I usually double or triple the recipe because they are so delicious, and everyone loves them in my family. Plus they are super easy to reheat.
I am always using my air fryer for cooking delicious recipes like air-fried whole roasted cauliflower and air fryer fries. They're so delicious and much healthier. Give them a try, and let me know what you think in the comments.
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Air Fryer Mushrooms
- 1 Air fryer Gourmia
- 1 Knife
- 1 Cutting Board
- 1 medium bowl
- 1 spoon
- 8 oz mushrooms - 227gr cut in half
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon himalayan salt
- Cut the mushrooms in half.
- Toss the mushrooms with olive oil, pepper, and salt until thoroughly coated.
- Place the mushrooms in the air fryer basket, making sure they do not overlap so the air can circulate freely.
- There's no need to preheat the air fryer, just set it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) and cook mushrooms for 10 minutes.
- Remove and serve immediately.
- Garnish suggestions: Freshly chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
- Cut the mushrooms the same size to avoid uneven cooking.
- Turn the mushrooms or shake the air fryer basket halfway to produce evenly crisp mushrooms.
- Cook more batches rather than overlapping the mushrooms in 1 single basket. You need to leave enough room between the mushrooms so that the hot air circulates freely.
- Depending on your air fryer model, you may need to adjust the cooking time. Check the mushrooms after 10 minutes to see if they are crispy - if not, cook for another 5 minutes.