2 Easy Side Dish Recipes Using Mushrooms

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Meals wouldn’t be perfect without side dishes. They complement the main dish and add more nutrition to the whole meal. More often than not, people tend to think that making side dishes is an extra task. But with these simple recipes, you could whip up healthy side dishes in no time. 

Here are two effortless recipes that could give your meals a boost including a grilled portobello mushroom recipe.


Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions  

This easy 10-minute mushrooms and onions recipe is amazing and low in carbohydrates as well. It’s perfect for people who are looking after their weight but still love side dishes. You’ll love it served with hamburgers or steaks. 

You could also make it in bulk for future use. Just store it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It may last for approximately three to four days. Reheating it could also be easy. Just pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes in medium heat. 

To start the Sautéed Mushroom and Onions recipe, here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1 lb. sliced white mushrooms – consider using lion’s mane with your recipes.
  • 1 chopped onion 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 3 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 tablespoon cooking sherry 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Dash of pepper 

How to Saute Mushrooms and Onions

  1. In a large cast-iron pan, place mushrooms, onions, garlic, and butter. 
  2. Put the pan over medium heat and cook the mushrooms. 
  3. While cooking, stir the ingredients frequently until the mushroom and onions are tender. This might take about six to eight minutes. 
  4. When the mushrooms are tender, add the cooking sherry and soy sauce. Stir it well. 
  5. Keep cooking the mushrooms and onions for about two minutes or until the excess liquid dries up and the mushrooms are caramelized.  
  6. Add some salt and pepper to taste. 
  7. Remove from heat and serve as a side dish to your burgers or steaks. 
Frying pan with mushrooms on table, closeup
Frying pan with mushrooms on table, closeup

Cooking Tips 

You could also add other herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley. This could add more flavors to your mushroom. If you’ll be using fresh herbs, put them when the cooking is about to finish so they won’t overcook. But if you’re using dried ones, add on the start for it to soften.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms 

Another simple side dish recipe is the Grilled Portobello Mushrooms. This dish doesn’t require any special devices, just a simple grill. It’s also healthy and low in carbohydrates. This recipe could give a smoky meat flavor to the mushroom which is perfect to be eaten as a side dish. 

What Are Portobello Mushrooms?

Portobello mushrooms are flavorful mushrooms with a meaty texture. It has a large and round cap that sizes up to five inches in diameter. It’s mostly dark brown when fully grown. It’s perfect for side dishes because of its rich flavor. 

still life of three portobello mushrooms

To kick off the recipe, here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 3 large Portobello mushrooms 
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion 
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic 
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
  • Diced tomatoes, for toppings
  • Chopped parsley, for toppings 

How to Make Portobello Mushrooms

  1. Remove stems from the mushroom and discard. Set aside mushroom with the top side down on a plate. 
  2. In another bowl, combine oil, onion, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Mix it thoroughly. 
  3. Divide the mixture into three and pour it onto each mushroom. 
  4. Marinate the mushroom for an hour to achieve maximum flavor. 
  5. Heat the drill to around 400 degrees. 
  6. When the grill is ready, place the mushroom on top of it and cook for 10 minutes. You could also flip the mushroom but some of the mixtures might fall off. If you’ll do the 2-sided grilling, cook the mushroom for five minutes on each side. 
  7. Remove the mushroom from the grill and put it on a plate. 
  8. Add tomatoes and parsley on top of the mushroom. Best when serve immediately. 

Cooking Tips 

Grilling both sides could give the mushroom a nice smoky flavor all over. When you do this, consider using a grilling pad or foil so you could prevent other ingredients from falling off the grill. You could also use a cast-iron griddle for this. 

You could also add cheese to this recipe because it complements the mushroom well. You could try putting a small slice of mozzarella or crumbles of blue cheese on top of the mushroom. This could give an extra flavor to the dish. 


Never underestimate the power of a side dish. It could put your meal into a whole new level of flavor. Besides, these dishes are really easy to make and won’t take so much time. So, when planning your meal, be sure to consider adding some sides. 

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