Mushrooms Meet Microwave

While sautéing mushrooms is often considered the most popular way to prepare nature’s hidden treasure, microwaving mushrooms shouldn’t be overlooked. If done properly, you can save time and calories without compromising on taste or texture. When you cook mushrooms in the microwave, they don’t need butter or oil, which is great if you’re looking to cook without adding any fat.

One of our favorite microwave mushrooms delights is the Portabella Burger. This is great for weeknights if you don’t want to hassle with the grill or just want a quick bite. Simply take a Portabella mushroom cap and add seasoning, if you’d like, for additional flavor. Our favorite is McCormick® Grill Mates® Montreal Steak Seasoning because it gives the Portabella an even meatier taste and kick. Then place the Portabella on a microwave-safe plate, cover, and cook for about 5 or 6 minutes. This will help evaporate a good portion of the water in the mushrooms without shrinking them too much. If there is any excess liquid, simply blot the mushrooms once you remove them from the microwave. The texture should be firm and fat and overfill the bun. Then, simply put the Portabella cap on a bun, garnish with your favorite burger toppings of choice. Some of our top picks include mayo, ketchup, mustard, cheese, lettuce, chili and jalapeños for a delicious burger in minutes! Plus you can feel good about indulging in this burger because not only do you replace the meat, but you cook the mushrooms without butter or oil. In the end, you should have a fat, juicy, meaty, satisfying burger, perfect for one person or for the whole family to enjoy.

For microwaving other mushrooms, such as white button mushrooms, just put eight ounces (that’s a standard smaller pack you purchase at the supermarket) of mushrooms in a microwavable bowl or plate. Again, you don’t need to add any oil or butter to cook them. Cover the mushrooms and cook on high for 2-3 minutes. You may want to stir the mushrooms in the middle.

For a hot, fast breakfast recipe, try the “Mushroom Scramble Mug.” . Simply microwave eggs, cheese and mushrooms in a mug, season to taste, and in just 2 minutes you’re ready to go!

We want to know, do you have any microwave favorites? Or, if you have any other microwave tricks for mushrooms, or any vegetable, we’d love to hear from you!

3 Comments to “Mushrooms Meet Microwave”

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  2. Nathan says:

    Does microwaving remain the toxins in the mushrooms

  3. MushroomChannel says:

    Hi Nathan –

    Thanks for the question and the microwave is a perfectly safe way to prepare mushrooms. However, please follow the recommended guidelines for your microwave at home.