Buttermilk Fried Mushrooms

Fried mushrooms recipe

​The Spruce / Nita West

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
320 Calories
25g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 393mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 322mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fried mushrooms are crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside, making for a fun snack or tasty appetizer. Whereas most fried mushroom recipes use a batter to coat the fungi, this recipe keeps things simple and ultra-easy with a quick dip in buttermilk and then a light dredge in seasoned flour, just like the best fried chicken. This is as much a method as it is a recipe, so feel free to make larger or smaller batches as befits your audience.

Both wild or cultivated mushroom varieties work equally well in this recipe. Be sure to clean wild morels thoroughly since their sponge-like texture tends to hold plenty of what we'll politely call grit from the forest floor. You may want to cut larger mushrooms into one-bite pieces, but that's a matter of taste. Serve with a horseradish dip or chipotle dip if you like.


  • 1 pound mushrooms

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • Oil for frying, such as canola, vegetable, or peanut

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, more as needed

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients to make fried mushrooms

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  2. Trim, then brush the mushrooms clean with a paper towel. Cut into pieces if desired.

    Trim and rinse mushrooms
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  3. Put the mushrooms in a medium bowl, pour over the buttermilk, and toss to coat. Set aside.

    Pouring buttermilk over mushrooms

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  4. Pour about 1/2 inch of oil in a wide, heavy pot and bring to 350 F to 375 F over high heat. Adjust the heat to maintain that temperature range. It's best to test the temperature by using a thermometer, but dipping the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil works too. If the oil immediately bubbles around the handle, it is ready (if it doesn't bubble right away, it's not hot enough; if it bubbles quickly and violently, the oil is too hot).

    Bring oil in a pot
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  5. While the oil heats, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl or re-sealable plastic bag.

    Combine flour and salt
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  6. Lift the mushrooms out of the buttermilk letting the excess buttermilk drip off. Toss them gently in the flour mixture to coat thoroughly.

    Dip mushrooms in flour
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  7. Shake off any excess flour as you lift the mushrooms out of the flour.

  8. Add enough mushrooms to the oil to form a single layer; if the mushrooms are too crowded, they'll become soggy and get oily instead of cooking evenly and turning golden and crunchy.

    Add mushrooms to oil
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  9. Fry until the mushrooms turn golden to medium brown and the mushrooms are tender all the way through, about 3 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms with tongs or a slotted spoon to a cooling rack set over paper towels. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms, only cooking as many as can fit in a single layer in the oil at a time.

    Fry until golden brown
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  10. Sprinkle the fried mushrooms with salt (if you're a salt lover, consider using big crystals of crunchy sea salt at this point) and serve hot.

    Transfer mushrooms to paper towel
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  11. You can enjoy as-is or serve your mushrooms with the dip or condiment of your choice.

    Serve fried mushrooms
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