How to Grill Mushrooms
It is the season for watching games on TV or in person and enjoying the last days of summer and the beginning of autumn. I know that a lot of people love to grill in the summer, but autmon is also a perfect time. I was able to get in some delicious grilling just before the rain this week and have enjoyed the meals that I made.
To Oil or Not to Oil
I did a test to see what would happen if I used oil or no oil on my mushrooms while grilling. No oil you exclaim in horror. Yes, I had a very nice customer who said they are far superior without oil. As my customers are usually correct and I really value their feedback, I was determined to give it a try. I found that oil on mushrooms as they cook doesn’t change the cook time, but it does make for a slightly softer mushroom. I did try a few taste tests, but besides that texture difference, I didn’t really notice a huge difference in flavor. This, of course, may be because I added oil and salt to the dry mushrooms after they had cooked.
Medium heat is best. Really high heat tends to burn the mushrooms before they cook. Really low heat and they tend to take forever to cook and you need to eat them at your next meal and not your current meal. They need a medium heat to make sure the mushrooms are fully cooked and still juicy.
Mushrooms on the grill need time. Think 10- to 15 minutes for nice thick mushrooms. Super thick ones need 15-20 minutes. Thin mushrooms like pink oysters may be fully cooked in 7-12 minutes. I had one customer say that he cooked his mushrooms in 3 minutes. I have no idea how he did that! If you are planning on using foil on the grill, with either chopped or whole mushrooms, you will need 20-25 minutes. A fully cooked mushroom will be limp and soft.
How to Grill Mushrooms
How to easily grill delicious mushrooms
- ¼ to ½ Oyster Mushroom or Exotic Mushrooms
- Olive Oil (or your favorite kind of Oil)
- Tongs or spatula
- Aluminum Foil (optional)
Preheat your grill to a medium heat.
Prepare the mushrooms by cutting off any substrate on the bottom. You can also brush off any substrate with a damp towel or your hands. If the stem is large, you can cut it into half or even quarters.
- Add either a spritz of oil or brush it on with a bit of salt for a softer mushroom. Alternately, cook the mushroom with no oil for the first 10 minutes and then add oil and salt for a meatier mushroom. Flip mushrooms a few times to ensure an even cook.
- Whole mushrooms need 10-15 minutes to fully cook. The mushrooms should be limp when picked up with tongs.
Optional: put cut mushrooms on aluminum foil on the grill with oil and salt. Cook for 10-25 minutes. Thin mushrooms, like pink oysters, cook quickly and denser mushrooms, Lion’s Mane and hearty oysters, take longer to cook.