Fried mushrooms are one of our favorites and for good reason! Nothing quite reaches that level of savory flavor combined with a great, battered outer layer! The crunch of the batter, then the burst of earthy mushroom flavor all dipped in your favorite sauce is just something fabulous! The only problem is, it’s so hard to find great fried mushrooms!
Of course, the easy solution to that is to perfect a fried mushroom recipe on our own that we can whip together from time to time. For health reasons and laziness sake, these don’t often make an appearance but it they do tend to make it to family game night and, for whatever reason, a few times every fall. I suppose it’s the cooler weather, I’m not real certain.
What I am certain of is that fried mushrooms are a labor of love! They’ll definitely keep you in the kitchen for a while! Since I had to find and figure out how we liked them and how to cook them without the luxury of a professional deep fryer, I thought I’d share with you the step by step process.
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Deep Frying Tips
For a good deep frying experience, temperature is key! We use a digital probe thermometer for a more accurate read, plus it is easy to hang it over the side of the pot we’re frying in to keep an eye on the temperature while cooking.
So what temperature is ideal for frying? 350 degrees. Now, I can’t tell you how to keep the temp at that amount, because I’ve not yet learned the trick. What I can say is do not adjust your head when the temp drops or rises! Instead, get it to where you can stay around 350-355 and start cooking.
Each time you drop something in, it will go down. However, it will recover so just be patient. You’ll figure out a sweet spot with the amount of fried mushrooms you can put in without sending it down a whole lot. It takes trial and error, unfortunately, but leave the flame alone unless it’s jumping huge amounts. Give yourself a 10-20 degree window before you touch the heat source.
Fried mushrooms should have a deep, caramel brown color so be sure that you keep an eye on the color, that’s how you’ll know that they are done.
How to Make Fried Mushrooms
- 8 oz white button mushrooms OR regular mushrooms cut in half (or quarters for the super big ones)
- 1/2 cup beef broth/stock (or water with a little beef flavor added)
- 3 tsp parsley
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- Dash of BBQ seasoning, Tony C’s, etc **optional**
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 tsp of salt
Step By Step Directions:
- Wash and dry mushrooms. If necessary, cut the mushrooms at this time.
- Prepare a pot with 4 inches of cooking oil inside. Begin heating it about halfway between low and medium, this may vary depending on your stove.
- In a medium bowl, add water, egg, parsley, garlic, salt and seasoning. Whisk together.
- Once the oil is almost ready, mix in the flour. Remember that you want to mix it in thoroughly but not too much, so as soon as it’s combined, stop stirring!
- Toss the mushrooms into the batter, turning them to coat the mushroom.
- Once the oil has reached the desired temperature, add your mushrooms one at a time, keeping an eye on the temperature. You want to add them as close to 350 as possible, so if it drops down to 330-340 you’ve reached your max and need to wait for the temp to rise before adding more.
- Let them fry until the mushroom has reached the golden beauty of fried mushrooms on one side, then flip and do the same for the other side.
I’d love to hear what you eat with your fried mushrooms and please share any tips or tricks you have!