Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms pack in flavor and versatility. Portobellos are transformed in under 15 minutes with garlic and herbs. Naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
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Table of Contents
- Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms pack in flavor and versatility. Portobellos are transformed in under 15 minutes with garlic and herbs. Naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
- Why You’ll Love Air Fried Portobello Mushrooms
- How to Make Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms
- Recipe Pro-Tips
- Tools Needed to Make This Recipe
- More Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes
Air-fried portobello mushrooms pack in garlicky and herby notes with a delicious crisp. As soon as I got an air fryer and made garlic parmesan baby potatoes, I was hooked on creating flavorful and savory air fryer vegetables. This air-fried mushroom recipe transforms mushrooms into the perfect main dish, side, or salad topping.
Cooking mushrooms in the air fryer takes the guesswork out of getting the balance of moist and crisp. The air fryer locks in the flavor of the homemade seasoned olive oil and gives a beautiful color to the mushroom tops.
Why You’ll Love Air Fried Portobello Mushrooms
- Quick to prep. Use just one bowl and under five minutes from washing to loading up the fryer basket.
- Versatile. You never knew mushrooms could be your new favorite side dish. These pair with steak, salmon, or chicken. Or cut cooked portobello air fryer mushrooms into strips for salads and charcuterie boards.
- No deep frying. Get the flavor of fried without the grease or a trip to a steakhouse with this air-fried portobello mushroom recipe.
- Naturally gluten-free and vegan. With no gluten-rich or animal ingredients, air fryer portobellos are a great option for vegetarians or anyone with food allergies.
- Portobello mushrooms, washed and stems removed: Look for mushrooms that are firm and don’t have dark brown or squishy spots. Consider the size of your air fryer basket when selecting mushrooms.
- Olive oil: Just the right oil to make the mushrooms brown and toasty.
- Balsamic vinegar: Olive oil’s best friend.
- Garlic clove, minced: Fresh garlic is recommended, but jarred garlic can be used if that’s what you have.
- Onion powder: Easily give mushrooms some onion tang.
- Salt: Brings together all the flavors.
- Dried thyme: No cleaning or cutting is needed.
- Dried rosemary: Adds bold herby notes.
- Avocado oil: Swap this oil for olive oil if you prefer. Avocado oil has a high smoke point so it’s a great choice for air fryer cooking.
- Fresh herbs: Substitute the same amount of fresh herbs for the dried thyme and rosemary. Chop finely and add to the oil.
How to Make Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms
For the complete recipe and measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, onion powder, salt, thyme, and rosemary together until combined.
Step 2: Brush both sides of the portobellos with the olive oil blend.
Step 3: With the air fryer basket inside, preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4: Place the mushrooms bottom side up on the air fryer basket. Air fry portobello mushrooms for 10-12 minutes, flipping the mushrooms halfway through, or until the mushrooms are golden around the edges and tender.
- Look for mushrooms that are the same size. Similarly sized mushrooms will all perfectly brown and cook at the same rate.
- Use a teaspoon instead of a brush. Don’t have a silicone or basting brush handy? Use a teaspoon to transfer the seasoned olive oil to each mushroom and use the back of the spoon to spread evenly.
- Put air fryer whole mushrooms in a single layer. Mushrooms can touch but shouldn’t overlap or be stacked in the air fryer basket. This allows the mushrooms to optimally cook and get the ideal outer texture.
How to Clean Portobello Mushrooms
Hand wash portobello mushrooms with a clean cloth or sponge wetted with cool water. Gently wipe the mushroom top and underside including the gills. Rinse your cloth or sponge as needed. You can also rinse mushrooms in the sink instead of wiping, just use cool water and gently pat the mushroom dry after rinsing with cool water for 20-30 seconds.
Remove the mushroom stem with a knife. If you choose to remove the gills, scrape them out with a spoon. Cleaned mushrooms should be completely dry before storing in an open container in the refrigerator.
- Add heat with ancho chili powder or cayenne pepper. Add ¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder for a little heat and smokiness or ⅛ teaspoon (or more if you like bold heat) cayenne pepper to make spicy mushrooms.
- Top with fresh parsley. Finely cut fresh herbs you have on hand and sprinkle on top of cooked air fryer mushrooms.
- Finish with shredded parmesan cheese. Sprinkle this on during the last minute of cooking to melt the cheese. Delicious!
Serve fried portobello mushrooms whole, cut into strips, or diced.
Whole mushrooms shine as the main dish with their delicious and beautiful crispy outside or can be served as a side dish. Try portobello mushroom burgers in an air fryer as a vegetarian meal or a vegetarian option when serving beef or Jamaican jerk turkey burgers.
Mushroom strips are an ideal texture and taste inside tacos or atop a salad. Add strips to a charcuterie board or make colorful veggie appetizer plates with mushroom strips, kale chips, and spiced sweet potato fritters. Dice cooked mushrooms to top burgers, chicken, salad, or eggs.
This recipe is naturally vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, processed sugar-free, and dairy-free.
- To Store: Store leftover cooked mushrooms in a covered container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- To Freeze: Cooked portobellos can also be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. For best results, defrost overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
- To Reheat: Mushrooms can be reheated in the air fryer. Reheat at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. If additional reheating time is needed, flip mushrooms and continue heating 2 additional minutes.
Cook portobello mushrooms in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. For even cooking, be sure to turn the mushrooms over halfway through cooking.
Yes, you can eat the gills of a portobello mushroom. The gills of the portobello are edible and just need to be cleaned. Clean the gills along with the top of the mushroom with a wet cloth or sponge to remove any debris from the growing process.
Some prefer to remove the gills of a mushroom by scraping with a spoon. This changes the appearance of the cooked mushroom dish and reduces the possibility of mushroom color transfer to other foods you serve alongside them.
Portobello mushrooms in the air fryer are delicious and reverse any thoughts that mushrooms are squishy or dull. Air fryer mushrooms have a slightly crispy outside and tender inside. Brushing with spices and olive oil before air frying makes the best air fryer mushrooms.
Air fried portobello mushrooms are cooked when they have a golden color to the sides and top and are tender to the touch. Extend cooking time in 2 minute increments if you prefer your mushrooms to be softer.
Tools Needed to Make This Recipe
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