You may have heard rumblings about the health benefits of fungi, but when it comes to actually eating more mushrooms, it can be hard to know where to start.
Sure, it’s easy to turn a sweet potato into fries or nachos (or even cookies!), but a container of shiitakes inspires little more than…a basic stir fry. And it doesn’t help that there are about 1.5 million types of fungi in the world to learn to cook.
These creative mushroom recipes will help you get started when it comes to figuring out how to add more fungi to your diet. It’s a good idea because mushrooms are nutrient-dense. Depending on the ‘shrooms, they might even help boost your immune system or provide anti-inflammatory benefits. (Mushrooms also make for a hearty meat substitute, so many of the recipes happen to be vegetarian or vegan—and mushrooms are the only natural plant source of vitamin D!)
Get past that “Portobello burger” hump by experimenting with these easy mushroom recipes from our own database and our friends around the web.
17 Mushroom Recipes to Eat More Fungi
There is a whole lot of goodness stuffed into each of these already nutrient-rich mushroom caps, and they’re the perfect finger food for entertaining guests.
Minimalist Baker’s take on creamy mushroom risotto makes for an absolutely dreamy dinner on a cold night.
Why not go for a little less meat in your burger while also adding nutrients? These can also be made without a grill, in case you’re a city apartment dweller.
Now this is a vegan taco night that will appeal to basically any eater, via Rachel Mansfield.
Here’s a little upgrade to that basic stir-fry, with antioxidant-packed ingredients like ginger.
Serve these vegetarian meatballs with marinara or pesto, on pasta or on a salad, advises Cookie and Kate.
It sounds a little weird, but Crunchy Radish founder Miranda Hammer, Nutritious Life Certified, shows that when sliced and baked until crisp, the umami flavor and color of the mushrooms will fool most bacon lovers.
The Thriving Vegan’s simple side dish is all about tossing mushrooms with oil, vinegar, and herbs.
This is the nutrient- and flavor-packed quinoa bowl every healthy eater dreams of, courtesy of the amazing Nutritious Life Certified Molly’s Best.
Farro is an ancient grain that is high in protein and fiber, making this soup hearty enough to be a main dish, and the mushrooms add vitamin B, zinc, and selenium.
Okay, this is really cool: Hot for Food Blog shows you how to make vegan souvlaki with mushrooms, nuts, spices, and flax. Then add it to the top of a veggie-filled Greek salad.
Oh, hello fall. When the leaves are turning all kinds of red, yellow, and orange, follow Nourished by Nutrition’s lead by pairing mushrooms with pumpkin.
Love and Lemons has the trick to making easy vegan burgers for your cookout, with just five ingredients.
Shoot the Cook makes lettuce wraps with chicken, mushrooms, and a super yummy avocado vinaigrette.
The simplest combo of wild mushrooms and fresh herbs, by Cucina di Mammina for Food 52, results in a super side dish.
Julia’s Album has the easiest saute approach to add flavor. Use these ‘shrooms on top of grass-fed steak or in salad or quinoa bowl.
And for dessert…make Local Milk’s reishi powder-spiked bliss balls that are just as delicious as they are gorgeous.