How to Saute Mushrooms in a Frying Pan

Hold on to your caps! We'll teach you how to saute mushrooms in three simple steps.

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Whether they’re served atop a seared steak or as a standalone side dish, sauteed mushrooms are one of the simplest, most versatile recipes in our cooking arsenal. Follow along as we show you exactly how to prepare this delightful dish—and answer all of your mushroom-cooking questions.

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How to Saute Mushrooms

This recipe for Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms comes from Joan Schroeder of Mesquite, Nevada. “These tasty garlic butter mushrooms are so delicious served with steak, chicken or pork,” she says. “The sauteed garlic is the secret!” This recipe yields six tasty servings.


  • 3/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned bread crumbs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed


Step 1: Melt the butter

Start by melting the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. We prefer a cast-iron skillet due to its heat retention capabilities and slick, seasoned surface, but any frying pan will work.

Step 2: Add your ingredients

Add the garlic, mushrooms and bread crumbs, if desired. Arrange the contents in a single layer—you don’t want to overcrowd the pan! (That’s just one of the mushroom-cooking mistakes we all make.)

Step 3: Let ’em cook

Saute the mushrooms for 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. They should be lightly browned and a little crunchy around the edges. If you prefer crispier mushrooms, feel free to let them cook for a few minutes more.

Serve your sauteed mushrooms alongside a cooked steak or chicken breast. You could also add them to an omelet.

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What are the best mushrooms for sauteing?

You can use pretty much any variety of fresh mushrooms, but smaller varieties cook more quickly than larger ones. We recommend using button mushrooms, cremini or shiitake. Learn more in our guide to common mushroom varieties.

What can you saute mushrooms in?

If you’re looking for decadent sauteed mushrooms to go along with your favorite steak, you can’t beat butter. But other fats, like olive oil, are equally tasty. Watching your waistline? Forgo the fat all together and try sauteing mushrooms in balsamic vinegar or soy sauce.

How do you prepare mushrooms for cooking?

First, you’ll want to clean the mushrooms. You can quickly rinse them under cool water, then thoroughly pat dry. (Be aware that this method will cause your mushrooms to retain water, so avoid it if you’re looking for a crisp saute.) Or, just use a mushroom brush or damp paper towel to remove any dirt and debris. Then, take a small knife and remove the mushrooms stems, if you’d like. Some folks prefer to keep them on while others like just the caps—it’s simply a matter of personal preference.

How do you cut mushrooms for sauteing?

Generally, you can quarter the mushroom into four even pieces. But for bigger varieties, like portobello caps, we suggest cutting them into strips.

How long to saute mushrooms?

That depends on the variety of mushroom you’re sauteing. Some delicate varieties will be tender in mere minutes, while others take a little longer to cook. It also depends on how you cut them. Smaller mushrooms pieces will, of course, cook more quickly.

Can you pan-fry canned mushrooms?

Yes, but since they’re already cooked, reduce the cooking time significantly. We suggest draining the mushrooms from the canning liquid, patting dry and sauteing in butter and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Discover more canned mushroom recipes.

Can you saute mushrooms ahead of time?

Sure! Just know that they might lose a little of their fresh-from-the-pan crispness. You can saute mushrooms hours or even days before you plan to eat them. And if you’re wondering—how long do sauteed mushrooms last in the fridge?—the answer is three to four days in an airtight container.

Can you freeze sauteed mushrooms?

Technically, yes. But there’s really no need to since they cook so quickly. Stashing your sauteed mushrooms in the freezer will prolong their shelf life, but it will also make them more watery. Here are a few tips for storing mushrooms the right way.

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Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.