Russian Pickled Mushrooms (Marinovannymi Gribami)

Marinated mushrooms

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Brining time: 72 hrs
  • Yield: 2-3 Jars (12 servings)

Pickling foods began as a means to preserve foods to be eaten during the long winter months. But, soon, the flavors produced by pickling became a taste sensation and pickled foods were eaten year-round. In Russia, appetizers or zakuski are eaten with vodka and pickled vegetables, meats, and fish are a favorite among zakuski. This recipe for pickled mushrooms or marinovannymi gribami is also a favorite at the meatless Russian Christmas Eve holy supper known as sochelnik or sochevnik.


  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dill or parsley (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (sliced into thin rings)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 pounds mushrooms (small button, cleaned and stemmed; use the stems for another purpose)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced, or more)
  • 2 bay leaves (broken into small pieces)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the oil, vinegars, garlic, parsley, and onion into a large nonreactive (nonmetallic) saucepan and bring to a boil. Add salt and stir until dissolved. Cool to lukewarm.

  3. Place prepared mushrooms into jars.

  4. Pour the brine over mushrooms and fill until 1/4 inch from the top of the jar.

  5. Cap with sterilized lid and refrigerate for 24 to 72 hours. Serve chilled.