These easy Air Fryer Garlic Mushrooms are a delicious side dish, made with just a few simple staple ingredients. Cooking mushrooms in the air fryer in so easy, and they’re come out tender, crispy, and bursting with flavor.
Why We Love It
It’s official. Cooking mushrooms in the air fryer is the best new way to make them. Why? Well, air frying mushrooms is faster than oven roasting, there’s less cleanup, and they taste absolutely perfect!
And did I mention these air fryer garlic mushrooms are Vegan, Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, and WW friendly?
I know that’s a long list, but basically all I’m saying is that this recipe works for lots and lots of different ways of healthy eating. So whatever diet your family is following, this is a side dish that would work for pretty much everyone!
Maybe the best thing about this recipe though, is that it’ll turn even mushroom skeptics into mushroom lovers! Yup, it’s really that good!
I always pick up a package of baby Bella mushrooms on my weekly grocery run. The other ingredients are staples of most households, so there’s usually not another trip to the grocery store required. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mushrooms. Use baby bellas or white button mushrooms.
- Garlic. Fresh or frozen garlic is my preference, but garlic powder works too, if you prefer that!
- Oil. I like to use either sesame oil or olive oil, depending on what type of dish I’m serving this with. If the main dish is Asian-inspired, I’ll use sesame oil. If it has Italian or American influences, I go with olive oil.
- Salt and Pepper
- Green onions or parsley, optional. A little sprinkle of fresh herbs go a long way to elevating the dish.
- Coconut aminos or balsamic vinegar, optional. It goes a long way to adding rich flavor to the mushrooms, but it’s totally up to you and what you have in your pantry.
Like I said, easy and simple, and since it’s all real food, this recipe is Keto friendly, Whole30 compatible, and Vegan. It’s also really low in calories and fat!
- Asian-style mushrooms: Use sesame oil, add a tablespoon of coconut aminos, and garnish with sliced green onions.
- Italian-style mushrooms: Use olive oil, add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and garnish with fresh minced parsley.
Step by Step Process
The air fryer cooks with convection, making it a fantastic tool to cook anything you prefer to get a little crispy without the use of a lot of oil. I just love finding healthier ways to cook my favorite foods, don’t you?
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Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer
So the first thing you need to do is preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C).
Even if your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat setting, that doesn’t mean you should skip this step. You still need to preheat your air fryer, you just won’t be alerted when it reaches temperature. Turn it on and wait five minutes or so.
Step 2: Do the Prep Work
Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Slice your mushrooms in half. If they’re especially large, cut them into quarters. Mince the garlic.
Transfer the mushrooms and garlic to a medium sized bowl, and use a large spoon to toss together with the oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
That was ALL the prep work you need to do, yay! I told you it was easy, didn’t I?
Step 3: Cook the Dish
Once your air fryer is hot, pour the mushrooms into the basket. Under normal circumstances, you’d want to cook in batches, making sure you left plenty of room between each piece of food cooking.
But because mushrooms shrink down so quickly, it’s totally okay if they’re touching a little bit.
The amount of mushrooms your air fryer can fit will depend on the size of your air fryer, so just don’t layer them too thick!
Use the photo above for reference, and as a general rule of thumb, just make sure the mushrooms are in one layer. You want to avoid overfilling your basket.
Close the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes, then stop to gently shake the basket or use a spatula to turn them.
This helps to make sure any pieces that are still touching get an adequate amount of time exposed to the circulating hot air. But even by the halfway point, the mushrooms will have shrunk down quite a bit, leaving plenty of space for the air to circulate.
Air fry the mushrooms for another 5-7 minutes, checking near the end of the cook time to make sure they aren’t overcooking.
Once you see the mushrooms are cooked through and getting crispy, you’re done! Just pour out the mushrooms and dig in!
Expert Tips & Notes
Many people say not to wash mushrooms because they absorb water and will get soggy. Not true! Well, not completley true. Mushrooms were built to reflect water, but their gills (the underside of the mushroom cap) do absorb water.
Compared to other mushrooms, portabella (or baby portabella in this case) mushrooms will absorb a moderate amount of water, but only when submerged in water.
I recommend giving your mushrooms a quick brush with moist paper towels, or rinse quickly under a stream of water, then pat them dry. Alternately, you can use a mushroom brush to gently brush and wash them! Whichever you prefer is A-okay!
Transfer any leftovers to an airtight container, or transfer to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F, then add leftovers to the air fryer basket. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until heated through and beginning to crisp up again.
More Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
- Air Fryer Beets
- Air Fryer Prosciutto Egg Cups
- Air Fryer Carrots
- Air Fryer Broccoli
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Air Fryer Garlic Mushrooms
- 16 ounces baby bella mushrooms
- 1.5 Tablespoons oil of choice see variations below
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Asian-Inspired Variation, all optional
- 1.5 Tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 green onions sliced
Italian-Inspired Variation, all optional
- 1.5 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley minced
- 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (204°C). If your air fryer doesn't have a preheat setting, turn to 400 degrees and wait about 5 minutes for it to come to temperature.
- Meanwhile, cut the mushrooms in half and mince the garlic.
- Add the mushrooms, oil of choice, salt, and garlic to a large bowl. If using the optional balsamic vinegar or coconut aminos, add that in as well. Mix well to coat the mushrooms with the oil and seasonings.
- Once the air fryer is hot, pour the seasoned mushrooms into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Although the mushrooms may touch (they'll shrink a lot during cooking), be careful not to overcrowd the basket too much.
- Close the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes, then stop to gently shake the basket or use a spatula to turn them. Air fry again for another 5-7 minutes, checking near the end of the cook time to make sure they aren’t overcooking.
- Transfer the cooked mushrooms to a serving bowl or dish, garnish with green onions or parsley (if using), and serve!