Homemade Fried Mushrooms

Homemade Fried Mushrooms

This easy recipe for homemade fried mushrooms uses a Southern buttermilk batter. So, keep reading to see how easily you can make it and its matching dipping sauce. Also, we list this in our Vegetable Sides Recipes Category.

This southern, homemade fried mushrooms recipe is very flavorful.  It's seasoned and battered and can be an appetizer or side dish.
Homemade Fried Mushrooms Recipe

Easy Recipe For Fried Mushrooms

Having a great buttermilk batter is extremely important for this easy recipe for fried mushrooms. As a result, this recipe empowers you to have fried mushrooms twice as tasty as usual.

I’ve used this recipe in 4 ways: the deep fryer, pan fried, oven, and air fryer. After trying multiple cooking ways, the best has been pan fried (using less oil) and the second best is deep fried. So, the pan frying method is shown here.

How Do You Make Fried Mushrooms?

Here are the easy, step-by-step instructions on how to make homemade fried mushrooms.

  • When preparing to cook them, line up your items like an assembly line. Make each dipping step lead towards the frying pan. Then, after the pan, it goes into the paper lined serving bowl.
  • Rinse off the mushrooms to remove the basic dirt around them. There’s no need to dry them because they’re going into a batter. One less step!
  • Make the buttermilk fried mushrooms batter in a bowl and put all the mushrooms in it. If you don’t have buttermilk, here are some substitutes for buttermilk.
  • You can deep fry or pan fry them. Here are the steps for pan frying. Heat a large pan or skillet to medium high. Pour a shallow layer of oil, like peanut oil. After hot, place the battered mushrooms in it, safely one at a time. Don’t crowd them so, accept that you’ll have to do this in at least 2 batches.
  • During the cooking process, because of the batter overlapping, keep the pieces pulled apart. This will significantly aid in the turning over process.
Cutting Mushrooms for Fried Mushrooms Prep
Cutting Mushrooms for Fried Mushrooms Prep
Making the Fried Mushrooms Buttermilk Batter
Making the Fried Mushrooms Buttermilk Batter
Starting to Cook Fried Mushrooms in Frying Pan
Starting to Cook Fried Mushrooms in Frying Pan

How Long To Cook Homemade Fried Mushrooms

Cooking fried mushrooms takes about 3-4 minutes per side for a total time of about 5-7 minutes. So, if you placed them going from one side of the pan to the other, you’ll probably be ready to start turning them over in about one minute. If using a deep fryer, it usually takes about 4 minutes total.

Turning Fried Mushrooms with Tongs in Skillet
Turning Fried Mushrooms with Tongs in Skillet
Fried Mushrooms Ready to Remove from Frying Pan
Fried Mushrooms Ready to Remove from Frying Pan

In the skillet or frying pan, use any tool to turn them over, such as a slotted spoon, tongs, or skimmer. A spatula assists if some of them stick to the pan.

Line a serving bowl with a paper towel. This will help absorb the excess oil when transferring them from the skillet to the bowl.

Fried Mushrooms on Paper Towel in Serving Bowl with Dip
Homemade Fried Mushrooms on Paper Towel in Serving Bowl with Dip

History of Fried Mushrooms

Did the original history of fried mushrooms start in America? According to some research, they started in other countries as well. No one has identified a historical origin from a single country. However, there are several sources referenced regarding fried mushrooms history.

Angela Hursh has found an old recipe for fried mushrooms circa 1764. That recipe discusses cooking the mushrooms in water first. It then involves a basic batter and concludes with frying them in butter. For extra ready, here is a little info on Fried Mushrooms on Wikipedia.

Related to Homemade Fried Mushrooms

Below is the horseradish dipping sauce recipe that is designed solely for homemade fried mushrooms. Also, other related recipes are listed.

Homemade Fried Mushrooms Nutrition

We show homemade fried mushrooms nutrition in the <Print Recipe> option. However, some of those nutritional values are 225 calories and 37 carbs.


This southern recipe for fried mushrooms is one of those rock solid, reliable classics you can always have in your own collection. Enjoy it and share it. Let me know your thoughts on fried mushrooms. I’d like to know. Leave a comment.

Homemade Fried Mushrooms Recipe

Homemade Fried Mushrooms Recipe

This southern, homemade fried mushrooms recipe is very flavorful.  It's seasoned and battered and can be an appetizer or side dish.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 225kcal

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Mushroom BATTER Ingredients

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow corn meal optional, white
  • tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • cup water as needed (or more) if batter is too thick
  • 1 large egg optional

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole mushrooms rinsed, dried, and cut into bite-sized pieces


  • Rinse mushrooms thoroughly, pat somewhat dry, cut into bite-sized pieces, and set aside.
    1 pound whole mushrooms
    Rinsh Fresh Mushrooms for Making Fried Mushrooms
  • Mix the Batter ingredients together in a bowl. Put all the mushroom pieces into the batter and mix them up to coat.
    ⅔ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup yellow corn meal, 1½ tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, ¾ cup buttermilk, 1 large egg, ⅓ cup water
    Mix Fried Mushroom Batter Ingredients in a Bowl
  • Heat the frying pan with the small layer of frying oil to about medium high. Place each battered piece into the pan until it's a little less than full.
    Adding Battered Mushrooms into Pan for Fried Mushrooms
  • Keep the mushrooms separated and turn occasionally to brown reasonably well. It takes about 3-4 minutes per side.
    Turn Fried Mushrooms over As They Brown
  • As each piece is done, place onto the paper towel for draining. Serve with a fried mushroom dipping sauce.
    Placing Fried Mushrooms on Paper Towel for Serving


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
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SOURCE: DarnGoodRecipes.com™

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