Zesty Marinated Mushrooms

Zesty marinated mushroom recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Yield: 4 1/2-pint jars
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
150 Calories
14g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 2mg 10%
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.)

Mushrooms are a low-acid food. To can them, they require a little bit of special treatment. The white wine vinegar dressing in this recipe does the trick in the tastiest way possible. These marinated mushrooms make use of Italian herbs, zesty garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Nibble straight from the jar or add to salads, antipasto plates, or charcuterie plates. These are surprisingly easy to pull together for such a flavorful bite!

This recipe is reprinted with permission from "Not Your Mama's Canning Book" by Rebecca Lindamood, ©2016 Page Street Publishing. 


  • 3 pounds small button mushrooms, less than 1 1/2-inch wide

  • 1/2 cup bottled lemon juice

  • Water, as needed

  • 1 1/4 cups white wine vinegar (with 5 percent acidity)

  • 1 cup pure olive oil

  • 5 cloves garlic, lightly smashed

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for marinated mushrooms
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  2. Carefully wash the mushrooms and trim the stems so they are no longer than 1/4-inch from the mushroom cap. Use the stems in another recipe or compost them. You can cut the larger mushrooms in half if you wish, but it is not strictly necessary.

    Wash mushrooms
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  3. Add the mushrooms to a large stainless steel stockpot with the lemon juice and cover the mushrooms with fresh water. Bring to a boil.

    Add mushrooms
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  4. When it reaches a boil, set your timer and let it boil for 5 minutes.

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  5. Drain the mushrooms and load them into half-pint jars leaving 1/2 inch of headspace in each jar.

    Drain mushrooms
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  6. In another saucepan, stir together the white wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic cloves, salt, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring this mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.

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  7. Fish the garlic from the boiling brine and tuck 1 clove into the mushrooms in each jar.

    Fish garlic out
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  8. Stir the vinegar and oil dressing well and ladle over the mushrooms in the jars, maintaining the 1/2 inch of headspace.

    Stir vinegar
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  9. Moisten a paper towel with vinegar and use that to wipe the rims of the jars clean.

    Wipe jar with vinegar
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  10. Fix jar lids in place and tighten appropriately.

    Fix jar lids
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  11. Use canning tongs to transfer the jars to a canner full of boiling water that covers the jars by 2 inches.

    Add chilies
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  12. Put the lid of the canner in place, return the water to a boil, and process for 20 minutes.

    Put lid on pot
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  13. Carefully transfer the jars to a towel-lined counter or wire cooling rack and allow them to cool completely, preferably overnight, before removing the rings, wiping the jars clean and labeling.

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  14. Use the marinated mushrooms in salads, antipasto, or just enjoy straight from the jar.

    Mushrooms in bowl
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  • After processing, you will probably notice that the oil and vinegar separate in the jar. This is not a cause for concern. Give the jar a solid shake or two to recombine the oil and vinegar before you open it.
  • Don’t toss that dressing that surrounds the mushrooms. You can use this as a stand alone Italian salad dressing or marinate chicken or pork with it.