Air Fryer Mushrooms

Flavored with garlic butter and roasted in the air fryer or Ninja Foodi in 15 minutes or less, Air Fryer Mushrooms are an easy way to elevate any dish! These yummy portobello mushrooms are a great side dish as well as topping for steaks and burgers.

air fryer mushrooms


Learn the best way to prepare ninja foodi mushrooms that are healthy, delicious, and packed with flavor. Air frying mushrooms not only preserves their rich, earthy taste and meaty texture but also achieves that perfect roast without excess oil. When making ninja foodi air fryer mushrooms, you get the added benefit of quick, efficient cooking, ensuring your mushrooms are cooked evenly and taste delicious. 

This is one of the best baby bella mushroom recipes because it’s easy to make! All it takes is tossing your halved or quartered mushrooms butter, garlic, and soy sauce, popping them into the air fryer, and voilà — you’re just 15 minutes away from an easy vegetable side dish. Learn how to cook baby bella mushrooms with other flavors too!

The beauty of ninja air fryer mushrooms is not just how easy they are to make, but also how versatile they are. Serve them up as a side dish that complements any meal, or use them to top air fryer steaks and air fryer burgers. From Salisbury steak to air fryer asparagus, these air fry baby bella mushrooms gems are the perfect pairing.

🍄Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Baby Portobello Mushrooms – These are the star ingredient, providing a meaty texture and earthy flavor that’s enhanced through the air frying.
  • Butter – Adds richness and helps in browning, while its melting properties ensure the mushrooms are evenly coated and infused with a luxurious, creamy flavor. You can also use homemade ghee for a nutty flavor.
  • Minced Garlic – This ingredient brings a fragrant zest to the dish, complementing the mushrooms with savory depth that elevates their natural umami profile.
  • Worcestershire, Soy Sauce, or Coconut Aminos – These are essential for introducing umami, adding depth to the flavor profile; each offers a different twist — Worcestershire for a bold, tangy kick, Soy Sauce for a salty, savory depth, and Coconut Aminos for a sweeter, milder soy-free alternative.

📖 How to Cook Portobello Mushrooms In Air Fryer

1️⃣ Prepare the mushrooms: Chop baby portobello mushrooms into halves or quarters depending on their size. The more even they are in size, the better they will cook. 

2️⃣ Season the mushrooms: Toss mushrooms with garlic, melted butter and Worcestershire (or coconut aminos, or soy sauce) until fully coated.

3️⃣ Arrange in air fryer: Add to the air fryer basket. These do NOT need to be in a single layer as this side dish is not for crispy mushrooms.  

4️⃣ Air fry garlic butter mushrooms: Cook at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes tossing halfway through before removing and serving hot. 

🍞 Air Fryer Breaded Mushrooms

  • How long to cook homemade breaded mushrooms: Bread mushrooms to your liking and cook at 375 degrees for 8 minutes in a single layer.
  • How long to cook pre-breaded frozen mushrooms: Air fry breaded frozen mushrooms at 365 degrees for 10-12 minutes in a single layer.

NOTE: How long to cook air fryer mushrooms depends on the size of the mushrooms. Because this recipe is for 1 whole pound of baby portobello mushrooms chopped in half, the cooking time is 12-15 minutes.  If you are cooking 8 ounces of mushrooms, reduce the cooking time to 10-12 minutes. Since you will be tossing them in the air fryer basket halfway through, you will be able to judge when they are finished cooking better. 

🧅Flavor Variations and Substitutions

  • For air fryer crispy mushrooms: To achieve crispy mushrooms, place them in a single layer in the air fryer, cook at a higher temperature (around 400 degrees Fahrenheit), and avoid overcrowding to allow all sides to get that desired crunchy texture.
  • Frozen mushrooms in air fryer: When air frying frozen mushrooms, there’s no need to thaw; just extend the cooking time by a few minutes compared to fresh ones, and ensure they’re cooked through for a tender interior and a crisp exterior.
  • No oil: For an oil-free option, use a non-stick air fryer basket or parchment paper, and toss the mushrooms with seasonings like herbs, garlic, or a dash of soy sauce before air frying until they’re cooked through and golden.
  • Air fryer mushrooms and onions: For a flavorful combo, mix sliced onions with your mushrooms, add your preferred seasonings, and air fry at around 375 degrees Fahrenheit until both ingredients are tender and slightly caramelized, shaking the basket occasionally for even cooking.
  • Air fryer Japanese mushrooms: When cooking Japanese mushrooms (like shiitake or maitake), clean them gently, season with traditional ingredients like soy sauce or miso, and air fry at 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re tender with a slight crispness on the edges.
  • Air fryer Chinese mushrooms: For Chinese mushrooms (such as wood ear or straw mushrooms), rehydrate if they’re dried, season with flavors like garlic, ginger, and sesame oil, and air fry at a medium temperature until they’re thoroughly cooked and flavorful.
  • Air fryer King oyster mushrooms: With king oyster mushrooms, slice them to even thickness, season with your choice of herbs or a simple salt and pepper mix, and air fry at around 375 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re golden brown and have a meaty, tender texture.
  • Sweet and sour: For a sweet and sour twist, toss your mushrooms in a mix of honey or sugar and vinegar, along with some soy sauce if desired, then air fry until they’re glazed, sticky, and fully cooked, ensuring a balance of flavors.

🍽️ What To Serve With Air Fryer Mushrooms:

Make it a meal and serve delicious garlic-butter mushrooms alongside:

❓FAQ

Are mushrooms better in butter or oil?

Both butter and oil can be great for cooking mushrooms, but they offer different flavors and benefits. Butter provides a rich, creamy taste and helps in browning, while oils (like olive or avocado) can provide a lighter taste and are suitable for higher-temperature cooking due to their higher smoke points.

How do you cook mushrooms without getting rubbery?

To avoid rubbery mushrooms, don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket, which allows for better air circulation and even cooking, and ensure you’re using the right temperature. Avoid overcooking them, as extended cooking time can lead to a rubbery texture.

Should mushrooms be cooked fast or slow?

Generally, mushrooms should be cooked relatively quickly. In an air fryer, a medium-to-high temperature (ranging between 375 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit) for a shorter period (10-15 minutes, depending on the mushroom type and size) is ideal to achieve a tender, juicy interior and a nicely roasted exterior without drying them out.

Can I mix different types of mushrooms?

Absolutely, you can mix different types of mushrooms in the same recipe for a variety of textures and flavors. Just keep in mind the varying cooking times and sizes, and consider cutting larger mushrooms to match the size of smaller ones for even cooking.

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Air Fryer Mushrooms

Flavored with garlic butter and roasted in the air fryer or Ninja Foodi in 15 minutes or less, Air Fryer Mushrooms are an easy way to elevate any dish! These yummy mushrooms are a great side dish as well as topping for steaks and burgers.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 117kcal

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz Baby Portobello Mushrooms halved
  • 2 tbsp Butter melted
  • 2 tsp Garlic minced
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire soy sauce, or coconut aminos

Instructions

  • Chop baby portobella mushrooms into halves or quarters depending on their size. The more even they are in size, the better they will cook. 
  • Toss mushrooms with garlic, melted butter and Worcestershire until fully coated.
  • Add to the Ninja Foodi or air fryer basket. These do NOT need to be in a single layer as this side dish is not for crispy mushrooms.  
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes tossing halfway through before removing and serving hot.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 109mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

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