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 view of sautéed mushrooms in a skillet sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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.

Black and orange skillet filled with sautéed mushrooms sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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.

Overhead view of an orange and black pan filled with cooked mushroom halves. Fresh parsley, garlic, and linens are also pictured.

They’re great on their own, too. I also enjoy these mushrooms leftover. I warm them up in a small frying pan, add a handful of spinach to wilt, and have the perfect vegetable side dish with my scrambled eggs in the morning.

Close up view of browned mushrooms in an enameled cast iron pan.

What you need to remember to make these sautéed mushroom really shine is how to sauté 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, start by sautéing them in olive oil, which has a somewhat higher smoke point. If you use butter at a high heat like this, it could burn. Avocado or grapeseed oil works beautifully, too.

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.

Tip: I love, love, love these with the garlic, but if you’re not a fan of garlic, this recipe still works well without it. 

Orange and black skillet filled with browned mushroom halves, sprinkled with fresh parsley.

When they’re nice and golden brown, add butter to create a silky, shiny coating on these mushrooms. They’re completely irresistible. A sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley really adds a nice touch of color and fresh flavor.

Bright image of a black and orange pan filled with sautéed mushrooms in a garlic butter sauce.

Love mushrooms? Try sautéed mushrooms with wine and garlic, marsala roasted mushrooms, or coq au vin stuffed mushrooms! These smothered pork chops with mushrooms are so tender and delicious!  Crostini with wild mushrooms and goat cheese are always a crowd-pleaser and so is bacon and mushroom flatbread with shaved asparagus and ricotta.

Close up view of sautéed mushrooms in a skillet.

Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces white mushrooms, washed and cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon minced garlic, depending on how much you like garlic (2-4 medium-sized cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large sauté pan (you want the mushrooms to fit in a single layer), heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat all mushrooms with the oil and then spread them into a single layer.
  2. Cook for four minutes on medium-high heat without stirring. Stir and cook for 2 more minutes without stirring.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add butter and garlic. Cook for 3-4 more minutes, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are fully cooked, butter is melted, and garlic is fragrant.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in parsley and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 of Recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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