Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter

Sautéed Mushrooms swimming in a silky garlic butter sauce…these are mushroom perfection! They are great on steak, chicken, or as a side dish.

close up image of sauteed mushrooms in a skillet

My photography studio is upstairs, as many of you know (remember the cherry martini incident?) and there are certain recipes that I’ll finish photographing and end up sitting on the floor eating it right off the set. These mushrooms are one of those recipes. I couldn’t stop plucking them out of the pan with my fingers and popping them into my mouth. The garlicky, buttery coated mushrooms are unbelievably irresistible.

Sautéed Mushrooms swimming in a silky garlic butter sauce...these are mushroom perfection! They are great on steak, chicken, or as a side dish.

This recipe for sautéed mushrooms isn’t a fancy or elaborate one in the process or the difficulty, but it is one that really shines in its simplicity. These mushrooms are perfect on top of a perfectly seared steak, or served along side a juicy chicken breast.

Tip: Try cutting these into slices instead of in half and putting them on burgers or in a grilled cheese sandwich! You may need to reduce cooking time slightly, but otherwise follow the directions the same way.

Sautéed Mushrooms swimming in a silky garlic butter sauce...these are mushroom perfection! They are great on steak, chicken, or as a side dish.

They’re great on their own, too. I also enjoyed these reheated the following days after I made them. I quickly warmed them up in a small frying pan and wilted some spinach in with them. It was the perfect vegetable side dish with my scrambled eggs in the morning.

Sautéed Mushrooms swimming in a silky garlic butter sauce...these are mushroom perfection! They are great on steak, chicken, or as a side dish.

The important thing in making these sautéed mushroom really shine is sautéing the mushrooms in just the right way, which we’re going to talk about. You want to get them nice and golden brown — this is where the flavor comes from! The caramelization of the mushrooms is key! Do not be afraid of turning up the heat! In order to accomplish a nice sear on these mushrooms, we’re going to start by sautéing them in olive oil, which has a higher smoke point. If you use butter at a high heat like this, it could burn.

Also important, don’t constantly stir them! Leave them alone! Resist every urge to stir these before the four minutes are up like the recipe directions read.

Sautéed Mushrooms swimming in a silky garlic butter sauce...these are mushroom perfection! They are great on steak, chicken, or as a side dish.

When they’re nice and golden brown, that’s when you’re going to add the butter to create a silky, shiny coating on these mushrooms. They’re completely irresistible.

Sautéed Mushrooms swimming in a silky garlic butter sauce...these are mushroom perfection! They are great on steak, chicken, or as a side dish.

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