Last updated on January 24th, 2023
This easy fried mushroom recipe is an easy party appetizer and made even healthier in the air fryer! A crispy, breaded mushroom that can also be oven-baked for the same crispy taste.
I am not a mushroom fan. I think they’re slimy and smelly, and they are just not my thing even though everyone else in my family loves them.
But every summer at our town’s fair, I have to go to the fried vegetable stand at least once and get the medley of fried vegetables. There are fried mushrooms, cauliflower, onions and zucchini. And apparently if you slap some breading on it and fry it up, I am there for the delicious mushrooms.
Fortunately, these easy breaded mushrooms are so simple to make that now we can enjoy them more than once a year!
Easy Fried Mushroom Recipe
I used button mushrooms for this recipe, but you really could use baby portabellas or any dry white button mushroom you prefer.
The first step is to wash your mushrooms really well to remove any dirt and then let them dry. You can either let them air dry or gently dry them with a paper towel.
You will need 4 small bowls (or a plate) for this recipe. Yes, there are 4 different steps to dip your clean mushrooms in, but I promise that it is easy and would only require less than 10 ingredients total for the whole fried mushroom recipe!
Bowl #1: fill about halfway with water. There’s no real measurement, just enough water that it’s easy to coat them on all sides.
Bowl #2: about 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Bowl #3: 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Bowl #4: 1 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix to combine.
Before I started dipping my dry mushrooms, I lined a large plate with wax paper so I had a place to put the mushrooms.
First dip in water and them immediately dip in the flour to coat. Next dip in the beaten eggs and then last in the bread crumb mixture. Place on the wax paper lined plate as you finish dipping each one.
Place the coated mushrooms in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes to help the coating set a bit. Trust me, you want as much of the coating as possible to stay on. It’s the best part!
Fried Mushrooms in the Air Fryer
Lightly spray each side of the coated mushrooms with cooking spray and then place in a single layer in your air fryer pan. I cooked mine at 400 degrees for 7 minutes total, flipping them over halfway through the cooking time until golden brown.
You might need to adjust this cooking time based on the size of your mushrooms, but I did 4 batches and this time and temperature seemed to be the magic combination!
Want to see how easy this is? Let’s start from the top!
Tips for Making Fried Mushroom Recipe
- These are best reheated in the air fryer so that they stay nice and crispy. You can reheat in the microwave , but they will be more mushy.
- We like to dip ours in a horseradish sour cream. I really don’t have any exact measurements for this. It’s probably about 1/3 cup sour cream and maybe 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of horseradish depending on how strong you want the extra flavor to be.
- You could also use 1/2 cup regular bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs if you prefer.
- If you are looking for a low carb or Keto fried mushroom crispy mushroom recipe, I would eliminate the bread crumbs completely and use crushed Moon Cheese instead. I’ve used it as the crisp topping on buffalo chicken bites and many other dishes and it turns out perfectly! For a low carb fried vegetable, you should also substitute the all-purpose flour for almond or coconut flour. I used coconut flour for my keto coconut shrimp (which also happens to be made in the air fryer) and it turns out perfectly every time!
- This is the exact air fryer I have . I really don’t have any experience with other brands, so all my recipes are tested using this model. I absolutely love it too! I got it as a Christmas present and I use it constantly!
This Fried Mushroom Appetizer Recipe is a great way to enjoy a delicious and healthy side dish. The mushrooms are crispy and flavorful, and the favorite dipping sauce adds a nice zing. So why not give it a try for the simple party appetizer?
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Fried Mushroom Recipe
- 18-20 Mushrooms
- 3 Tbsp. Flour
- 2 Eggs lightly beaten
- 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- 1 Tbsp. Parsley dried
- 1 tsp. Garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- Place wax paper on a large plate and set aside.
- Set out 4 small bowls. Fill one bowl about halfway with water. In the 2nd bowl, place the flour.In the 3rd bowl, add the eggs and beat lightly.In the 4th bowl, add the bread crumbs, parsley, garlic powder and salt. Use a fork to combine.
- Dip each mushroom in water, then flour, then the beaten eggs and finally the bread crumb mixture. Making sure to coat the mushroom completely for each step. Place on the wax paper-lined plate and continue with remaining mushrooms.
- Place coated mushrooms in fridge for about 15-30 minutes to let the coating set.
- Place mushrooms in a single layer in the air fryer pan. Cook at 400 degrees for 7 minutes total, flipping them over halfway through the cooking time.
WhitneyJuly 18, 2019 at 10:56 pm
Fried mushrooms are a very popular appetizer in Oklahoma, where I grew up & I love this recipe because I can make them healthier, but they still taste like what I grew up with!
sarahJuly 19, 2019 at 2:56 am
Is it bad that I made these and ate them ALL myself!? So good! I did like the smaller mushrooms better than the larger ones.
Patricia @ Grab a PlateJuly 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Wow! These look amazing and one of my favorite apps to nibble on! So glad to have this recipe!
ChristinaJuly 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm
These are absolutely incredible! Such great flavor and texture!
Jersey Girl CooksJuly 27, 2019 at 10:06 pm
Oh , perfect appetizer for me! And I love that they are made in the air fryer!
DonnaJuly 29, 2019 at 11:17 pm
I LOVE that you have made these in the air fryer!! I just love breaded mushrooms but I hate deep frying and the greasiness that comes with it, this is perfect!
LindaAugust 1, 2019 at 2:55 pm
Like you, I used to hate mushrooms but that has changed and I’m a big fan now. This air fryer mushroom recipe is a must-try, especially when it’s combined with horseradish. What an awesome pair!
AngelJanuary 1, 2020 at 11:07 pm
Made these tonight and I had to add a little review because they were absolutely perfect! Hubby loves his ranch dressing so that’s the only thing we did differently but “thank you so much” hopefully one night I’ll be able to try some horseradish either these babies!!
adminFebruary 16, 2020 at 11:57 pm
So glad to hear you enjoyed them! I love the idea of ranch dressing and I bet my daughter would too!
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NikkiMarch 3, 2020 at 1:30 am
Made this today. Great recipe. Used ranch since I didn’t have horse radish,
Def will make again
adminMarch 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm
Awesome! I’m so glad you loved them!
Dr KrishMay 29, 2020 at 7:41 am
Hi I love them and they are so easy to make.
I am okay with egg but my children won’t have eggs. Any vegan substitute instead of eggs?
adminJune 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm
Unfortunately, I’m not familiar enough with vegan substitutes to recommend anything. If you try something, please come back and let me know!
KARogersMay 30, 2020 at 5:23 pm
Quick & Easy Loved it!
KellyJune 23, 2020 at 6:31 pm
Made this in my air fryer and we loved it! Just the right amount of crispy coating! I used Ranch dressing to dip rather than the sour cream/horseradish, but next time I’ll try your dipping suggestion! Thanks for the post.