How To Saute Portobello Mushrooms
To sauté Portobello mushrooms, the first things to consider are whether to sauté mushrooms whole, sliced or chopped and what the sautéed mushrooms will be used for. Sautéed Portobello mushrooms can be used in a variety of ways and make a great addition to burgers, stir fry and other recipes.
Items Needed to Sauté Portobello Mushrooms
- Portobello Mushrooms – whole, sliced or chopped
- Butter, Margarine, or Cooking Oil
- Sauté Pan, Electric Skillet, or Non-Stick Frying Pan
- Metal Spatula or Wooden Spoon
Procedure to Sauté Portobello Mushrooms
The following procedures can be used for sautéing whole, sliced or shopped Portobello mushrooms using any variety of cooking medium.
- Thoroughly wash Portobello mushrooms and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Cut off the bottom end of the mushroom and discard. Leave mushrooms whole, slice or chop depending on the recipe or desired use.
- Heat a small amount of butter, margarine or oil in the skillet over medium low heat. The amount used will depend on the quantity of mushrooms to be sautéed; generally you will want it to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Add the Portobello mushrooms to the pan and toss the mushrooms until they are evenly coated.
- Allow to cook, turning often with spatula to prevent sticking and to cook evenly.
- Mushrooms are ready when they are soft and have begun to brown. They can be lightly browned or sautéed to a dark brown depending on personal preference.
- Remove the sautéed mushrooms from the skillet and use immediately.
Additional Recommendations to Sauté Portobello Mushrooms
- To sauté Portobello mushrooms with other vegetables, sauté the other items first. Add the mushrooms to the pan towards the end of the cooking time to prevent the mushrooms from being overcooked or burning.
- Mushrooms begin to sauté slowly at first and cook quickly when they are almost ready. Be sure to watch the mushrooms carefully so they do not burn.
- For added flavor, sauté Portobello mushrooms with freshly chopped or roasted garlic.
- Any variety of butter, margarine or oil can be used to sauté Portobello mushrooms. The medium chosen will greatly affect the flavor of the finished product.
- Sauté Portobello mushrooms in any flavored olive oil to quickly and easily add additional flavor to the sautéed mushrooms.