This tutorial will teach you how to boil mushrooms in quick and easy steps.
Boiled mushroom makes an excellent side dish or snack and boy the broth is liquid gold that will transform your soups, gravy, stews, and more. You are going to love this recipe!
If you have ever wondered how to boil mushrooms and store it correctly, then check out the quick and easy steps below. Once you know how you'll be able to transform your side dishes and other recipes with a beautiful broth created from the boiled mushrooms.
There are other ways to cook mushrooms and that includes sauteeing, roasting, baking, grilling, frying, and microwaving.
Today, you will be learning how to boil this vegetable, this is a two in one tutorial that yields meaty boiled mushrooms and broth which is great for other dishes. Think of it as using canned mushrooms only that this is better as it is homemade.
Health benefits of mushrooms
Mushrooms are delicious fungi that are healthy and low in calories and contain no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It has high water and fiber content.
It is a good source of vitamins (B, D, B1, B2), which help the body produce energy.
Eating mushrooms can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, the antioxidants found in mushrooms help to fight free radicals that cause aging. Including this vegetable (fungi) has been associated with decreased inflammation.
Mushrooms: I used cremini (chestnut) but you can use any other that is available to you. Closed cups and white button mushrooms are a popular choice too. That said, this recipe will work with other types such as Portobello. shiitake, porcini. You will have to adjust the cooking time accordingly
Olive oil: substitute with butter
Here are the tools you'll need to make it happen
- a saucepan with a lid
- a small paring knife if you decide to cut the mushrooms before boiling
How to boil mushrooms
First, you need to clean the mushroom, Trim off the ends of each mushroom and place it in a bowl or colander and discard the trimmed ends. Wipe the mushroom clean with a damp cloth. Alternatively, rinse the mushrooms under running water since they will still be boiled.
Add the cleaned mushrooms to a saucepan large enough for the quantity you wish to boil. Add olive oil, garlic cloves (if using) then season with salt, pour water over the mushrooms until they are just covered in water, cover the saucepan with a lid.
Bring to boil for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat, reduce the heat, let it simmer for another 10 minutes or until the mushroom is fully cooked, and fork-tender.
Remove the boiled mushroom with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a plate or bowl. Season with black pepper and chopped parsley if desired.
That's it! You can eat these boiled mushrooms as a side dish with some toast, rice, pasta, or baked potatoes. The broth makes an excellent base for soups, stews, gravy, and more.
How to store
If you have leftovers or you boiled the mushrooms for later use, transfer them from the pot into an airtight container using a slotted spoon. Make sure it cools completely before storing it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer: boiled mushrooms can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months in a freezer-safe bag or an airtight container.
To reheat: If you're reheating stored mushroom from the fridge, just put it in the microwave for a minute at a time until warmed to your liking.
How long to boil mushrooms
Smaller and fresh mushrooms may take about 15 minutes to cook, dried ones might take longer. The tell-tale signs to know if your mushrooms are fully cooked include the size, cooked boil mushroom will shrink from its original size when it was raw and fresh. The boiling water will be colored (brown) and the mushroom will be tender if poked with a fork.
How to save the broth
Do not discard this liquid gold. It has an intensely rich flavor that can be used in other recipes such as soups, stews, gravy or to boil other vegetables.
How long will boiled mushrooms last
This is the best option for a meal on a busy day and you can refrigerate it for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the cooked mushrooms by freezing in an airtight container or a freezer bag. They can last up to a month in the freezer.
Should you peel mushrooms
No, you do not need to peel mushrooms before cooking it, all part of this vegetable is edible and good for you. If they are grown commercially then it is a good idea to remove the dirt from the mushroom with a damp cloth or under fresh running water.
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How To Boil Mushrooms (Boiled Mushrooms)
- 250 g mushrooms I used cremini substitute with closed cup/ white button mushrooms or any other of choice.
- 1 garlic clove chopped optional
- ½ Tablespoon olive oil substitute with butter optional
- 2 cups water
- Salt to taste
- Trim off the ends of each mushroom and place it in a bowl or colander and discard the trimmed. Clean the mushroom by wiping it with a damp cloth or rinsing it under cold running water.
- Add the mushrooms to a clean saucepan, add olive oil, garlic cloves (if using) then season with salt, pour water over the mushrooms until they are just covered in water, cover the saucepan with a lid.
- Bring to boil for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat, reduce the heat, let it simmer for another 10 minutes or until the mushroom is done, and fork-tender. Remove the boiled mushroom with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a plate or bowl.
- Season with black pepper and chopped parsley and serve as desired.