How to Cook Mushrooms, from Button and Oyster to Shiitake and Chanterelle

Flustered by all those fungi? Use this cheat sheet to navigate the mushroom section in your market.
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portobello mushroom

The wannabe burger, the portobello is big and meaty. Don’t fight it! Grill and put ’em on buns. Or try slicing some, then cooking them slowly in olive oil.

Recipe: Try Rachael's Portobello Mushroom, Celery & Crispy Onion Salad


shitake mushroom

Cooks love the umami-rich flavor and meaty texture of shiitakes. Use the large umbrella-shaped caps in sautés, soups, or stuffings.

Recipe: Try our Shiitake & Shallot Risotto


chanterelle mushroom

This gorgeous golden-orange variety has a nutty flavor. Mix into soft scrambled eggs for an OMG breakfast.

Recipe: Try our Mushroom & Asiago Omelet

Maitake (a.k.a. Hen of the Woods)

maitake mushroom

This cluster kinda looks like a brown hen’s feathers. Roast whole and serve with steak or toasted bread.

Recipe: Try Rachael's Farro with Mushrooms & Hazelnuts

White Button

white button mushroom

This mushroom is up for anything. Roast, sauté, or toss into salads. Stuff caps with Parm, sausage, and breadcrumbs, then bake them.

Recipe: Try Rach's Knife & Fork Burgers


oyster mushroom

Soft and flat, the tender caps taste mild and cook quickly, making them a natural for stir-fries, omelets, and quick soups.

Recipe: Try our Mushroom Chips

Cremini (a.k.a. Baby Bella)

cremini mushroom

Similar to white buttons, these babies can be sautéed with steak or stirred into veggie pastas. 

Recipe: Try our Drunken Mushrooms