Mushrooms are no doubt the best thing since sliced bread. Although, buttered toast is pretty darn good. But wait, didn’t mushrooms exist ages before sliced bread? Why does everything always have to be compared to sliced bread, anyway? It’s pretty overrated if you ask me.
Unless it’s buttered, then, it’s a strong contender for the top spot for all “best-things-since <insert item>.” But I digress. Back to mushrooms and erm… butter?
If you think grilled balsamic mushrooms are all the rage, well, you’re probably right. But, so are garlic butter mushrooms. And why not? After all, they combine the three top ingredients in the culinary world – garlic, butter, and mushrooms. A tantalizing trio; a triple threat; a tremendous triad. Three food ingredients that are pretty spectacular on their own, but together, they’re dynamite.
If you’re on the hunt for a gluten-free side dish, here’s an easy garlic butter mushrooms recipe you can try out. A word of caution though: You’ll want to have them with everything!
Easy Garlic Butter Mushrooms Recipe
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- 1 lb. cremini mushrooms – washed, dried, and sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic – minced
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium-sized shallot – minced
- ¼ cup vegetable stock – unsalted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A few sprigs parsley – chopped
- Red chili pepper flakes
- Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil and butter. Cook the butter until it forms a white foam
- Add the shallots and half of the minced garlic. Cook until they caramelize and turn golden
- Add the cremini mushrooms and stir them with a wooden spoon to coat them in the butter.
- Spread them out evenly on the skillet into a single layer and cook them for five minutes without stirring, until all the liquid evaporates, and they turn golden and crispy
- Then give them a gentle toss and cook them for a further three minutes
- Add the vegetable stock to deglaze the skillet and let it simmer for three more minutes to reduce and thicken
- Add the remaining garlic and cook for a minute, until it releases its fragrant aroma
- Season with salt and pepper, before adding the chopped parsley and red chili pepper flakes to garnish
- Serve with an entrée of your choice and enjoy!
Things to Keep in Mind When Making Garlic Butter Mushrooms
We kept this recipe simple. No fancy ingredients that would require you to dash to the store to buy. It’s an easy recipe that calls for basic ingredients that you’ll find in your pantry.
But, make no mistake about it – it tastes every bit as delicious as what would be served up in a Ramsay Gordon restaurant (any Hell’s Kitchen fans in the house?). The technique is what’s important here if you want to get the best results. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Don’t Leave Them Out for Too Long
When washing your mushrooms, don’t let them soak in water for too long. Don’t let them sit for more than 15 minutes after you wash them, either. Recognize that cooking them is both an art and a science.
Wash them in a colander under running water, give it a few shakes, and toss them straight into the hot skillet. That’s how the pros do it.
2. Use a Hot Skillet
Speaking of skillets, sautéing mushrooms requires that you use high heat throughout. They have high moisture content and start to release their juices as soon as they hit the pan.
The idea is to get the water to evaporate as quickly as possible to prevent them from steaming or boiling in their juices for too long. So, keep the heat on high until all the liquid disappears, and the mushrooms start to caramelize and become crispy.
3. Layer Your Flavors
You expect garlic butter mushrooms to taste like, well – garlic and butter. You’ll notice that our recipe requires you to add the garlic at two separate times during the cooking process. This is the essence of flavor layering.
It involves adding your dominant ingredients at different stages of cooking to enhance their flavors. When you add the garlic at the beginning, its flavor gradually mellows out because of the heat. So, you’ll need to add more of it towards the end of cooking to keep the garlicky flavor vibrant.
4. Don’t Stir
This is arguably the most important thing you need to pay close attention to. Once you’ve added your mushrooms to the skillet and given them a good stir to coat them with all that buttery goodness, you’ll need to spread them out evenly on the skillet in a single layer.
Leave them undisturbed for at least five minutes. It gives the mushrooms a chance to get nice and crispy as they caramelize and get a nice golden tan.
5. Save the Salt for the Very End
The age-old question – when is the right time to salt mushrooms? Is it at the beginning or towards the end of cooking? Let’s put this debate to rest once and for all, shall we?
Salting mushrooms at the beginning causes them to release a lot of liquid. The keyword here is “a lot.” Mushrooms are bound to release liquid anyway. Adding salt accelerates this process, causing them to cook slower in a sea of liquid.
In the end, you’ll end up with soggy mushrooms that have none of the “bite” that comes from caramelizing them. So, for goodness sake, salt them at the very end of the cooking process!
Treat Yourself – You Deserve It
If you love garlic butter mushrooms, but don’t want an overbearing garlicky flavor, add the minced garlic at the beginning of the process, but skip adding the second batch. Alternatively, if you don’t like garlic at all, use the shallots on their own and leave out the garlic altogether.
All in all, this is an easy recipe that guarantees some tasty results. Treat yourself to some today! You deserve it.