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Best Sautéed Mushrooms

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When you don’t have much time to cook, sautéed mushrooms are a simple side dish. Learn how to make easy sautéed mushrooms with this great recipe here!

close shot of sauteed baby bella mushrooms in a ceramic bowl topped with a sprig of thyme.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s super easy (and quick!) to make.
  • Simple ingredients, yet big flavor.
  • Makes the perfect delicious side dish.
  • Naturally vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, with a vegan and dairy-free option.
glossy sautéed mushrooms.

Ingredient Notes

Mushrooms: I love to use cremini mushrooms (aka baby bella mushrooms) in this recipe, but regular white button mushrooms will work well, too!

Butter: A good quality butter, salted or unsalted, does wonders with mushrooms. If vegan, you can use a dairy-free or plant-based butter or replace the butter with more olive oil instead.

Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil adds additional flavor, but can be replace with more butter or omitted if need be.

Lemon juice: The acidity of lemon not only softens and complements the earthiness of mushrooms, but also helps cook the mushrooms a bit quicker and release their natural liquid. If you do not have lemon juice, you can replace it with any culinary vinegar.

Vinegar: I love to use a touch of white wine vinegar for additional depth of flavor, but apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar and regular white vinegar will also work in a pinch. If you really want some big flavor, use balsamic vinegar for a fun twist.

Salt and Pepper: The quintessential seasoning for most recipes, this sauteed mushrooms recipe is no exception. I leave the amount up to you, as this is one of those dishes that you will want to season to suit your own tastes. Even without seasoning, these easy sauteed mushrooms are quite flavorful, so I personally usually only add a small pinch of each to finish.

Thyme: A small sprig of fresh thyme not only looks pretty, but adds a subtle herby flavor if that’s your jam. And no worries if it isn’t, this is a completely optional ingredient. Alternatively, any fresh herbs work well if you want to add that pop of green – fresh parsley is another favorite.

sauteed baby bella mushrooms resting in a bowl.

How-to Make

What Goes with Sautéed Mushrooms?

  • Serve as a tasty and quick side dish for your favorite savory meals.
  • Toss with freshly cooked pasta for a quick meal. This pasta with broccoli is always a hit!
  • Serve in sandwiches and wraps.
  • Toss in a quesadilla.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa.
  • Serve alongside roasted potatoes and other veggies like this spinach stir fry with garlic.
close view of glossy quick sauteed cremini mushrooms topped with fresh thyme.


Are sautéed mushrooms good for you?

Yes. Mushrooms are rich in fiber, protein, vitamins such as Vitamin D and B 12 and also low in fat.

Can sautéed mushrooms be frozen?

Yes. Let cooked mushrooms cool completely before storing in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to one year.

Are sautéed mushrooms keto?

Yes. Sautéed mushrooms are keto friendly.

freshly cooked mushrooms resting in a bowl.

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best sautéed mushrooms

Quick + Easy Sautéed Mushrooms Recipe

When you don’t have much time to cook, sautéed mushrooms are a simple side dish. Learn how to make easy sautéed baby bella mushrooms with this easy recipe here!
4.98 from 49 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


  • ¼ cup butter salted or unsalted, use vegan if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh or bottled
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or any vinegar
  • 16 ounces cremini (baby bella) mushrooms sliced (be certain to clean the dirt off of the mushrooms if needed)
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme optional
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar. Stir until the butter has melted.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pan, and the thyme if using. If using a small skillet, you want to aim for one single layer of mushrooms, so cook in batches if need be.
  • Cook, stirring frequently about five minutes, or until the mushrooms soften a little and begin to turn golden.
  • Turn off the heat, season with salt and pepper, serve and enjoy!


This simple recipe is surprisingly tasty! Having said that, it also makes a great base recipe to experiment and make your own. You can also throw some onions and garlic into the mix to saute alongside the mushrooms, throw in different herbs and spices, a condiment such as soy sauce or even use other mushrooms such as shiitake or oyster mushrooms. Once you feel comfortable, make it your own!
If you like this quick sauteed mushrooms recipe, you might also like our Air Fryer Eggplant, or Air Fryer Zucchini.
If your mushrooms are rather dirty and will not brush/wipe off easily, you can rinse them under cool water, then pat dry with a paper towel before using.
You might also like: Cherry Tomato Confit.
Also see: Best Mushroom Substitutes.
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 367IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    The white wine vinegar makes these mushrooms so good. I like to add extra pepper when I make this recipe. One of my favorite sides!

  2. 5 stars
    I needed a quick side with our dinner and decided to make this. It was so easy to make and very delicious. I used a combination of baby bella and shiitake mushrooms. YUM!

  3. This recipe was very tasty and easy to do. It will be on the regular rotation from now on!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been making mushrooms like this my entire life but always using red wine. I tried some white after seeing this recipe and I LOVE the flavor even more! People either love or hate mushrooms but I’m a lover and this is my favorite side dish by a landslide!

  5. 5 stars
    I’m tired from work and I don’t have much to cook but I want to cook food for myself, so I made this mushroom recipe last night and I so much like it, especially the touch of tangy flavor! So easy to cook and so delish! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Sauteed mushrooms are one of our favorite side dishes! I love that you added white wine vinegar to them, such a subtle yummy flavor.

  7. 5 stars
    I made these lmushrooms ast night and we all really enjoyed them! They were so easy, too. Thanks!

  8. This was THE perfect way to cook mushrooms! I am so excited you shared this. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Love sauteed mushrooms and these were perfect to go along with mashed potatoes and baked chicken. So easy to make!

  10. 5 stars
    These are so flavorful and buttery! I could eat mounds of them! Can’t wait to make them again.

  11. 5 stars
    I made these mushrooms last weekend to go with our steaks. They were perfect. So flavorful and delicious.

  12. 5 stars
    I am the only one in the family that likes mushrooms so I rarely make them. I made this recipe to go with a steak dinner and they came so delicious. Loved all the flavors!

  13. 5 stars
    Mushrooms are my fav!! Appreciate the tips about the different types of mushrooms and types of herbs that can be used in this recipe! Delish!

  14. 5 stars
    Sauteed mushrooms are one of my favorites! But I didn’t know you could store them in the freezer- genius tip!

  15. 5 stars
    Looove these! I think the vinegar is the secret ingredient – it just adds so much more to the mushrooms!

  16. 5 stars
    Big mushroom lover right here! I usually don’t add lemon juice and I’m going to try it now, thanks for the tip 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    Great tips! We love sauteed mushrooms, and really enjoyed them flavoured with a bit of time! I think adding a bit of vinegar in there really brought out their flavour too! Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    I love mushrooms cooked this way. The lemon juice really goes well with the mushrooms and it’s so delicious.

  19. 5 stars
    These sauteed mushrooms are delicious stirred through cooked pasta with a sprinkling of Parmesan on top. Delicious!

  20. Since i use and like all of the ingredients in this recipe I expect to enjoy it very much. I plan to try it with pasta.

  21. . I started sautéing mushrooms 40 years ago and I’ve never used a recipe – so glad to see one here! I usually start by putting butter in a pan then minced garlic. Once they release their flavor, I then add the quartered mushrooms and lots of Worcestershire Sauce. Sometimes I add lemon juice, sometime softened cream cheese! (Crazy, eh?). Always turns out delicious! My grandson asks for them whenever his family comes over.

  22. 5 stars
    We had these mushrooms with dinner last night and omg were they delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  23. 5 stars
    I love sauteed mushrooms, especially on steak, this recipe looks yummy and easy to make!

  24. 5 stars
    What a great way to cook mushrooms! So simple, this will be my go-to mushroom recipe from now on.

  25. 5 stars
    This is a delicious and easy way to prepare mushrooms. I love it with pasta as a quick lunch.

  26. 5 stars
    A true classic! So easy and delicious. Nobody ever turns these down! Thanks for sharing 🙂