Recreate the fried mushroom appetizer from your favorite restaurant at home with this recipe for air fryer mushrooms. Using an air fryer to “fry” your mushrooms means you can skip the added oils but keep the crisp coating! The mushrooms are tender and cooked to perfection in the center. Try them with your favorite creamy ranch dip for a treat the whole family will love!
Through the years, there are certain foods that I’ve come to associate with certain people. And one of the foods that make me think of my husband is the Weathervane Seafood Restaurant’s fried mushrooms.
It’s one of his favorite appetizers. However, we don’t have a Weathervane nearby; this restaurant doesn’t even have any locations in our state. Thus, he doesn’t get their fried mushrooms unless we are traveling.
I’ve never been quite as enamored with fried mushrooms as he is. When whole mushrooms are fried, the texture begins to remind me of fried whole belly clams. Sometimes I get burned by the hot liquid when I bite into one, and I often find the middles too squishy.
Aside from my air fryer broccoli recipe (which is fantastic- try it!), I’ve mostly been cooking proteins in my air fryer. Mushrooms are actually another excellent contender for air frying that fall outside the protein group. I’m amazed I haven’t tried this earlier.
I use a 10-Quart Kalorik Digital Air Fryer Oven. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer you are using!
The results of this recipe come out more like a breaded mushroom versus a battered and fried mushroom. It’s all good though, this recipe passed the family taste test. Everyone here liked them!
What you need to know to make the best air fryer mushrooms
One thing to note is that you shouldn’t skip using a dip with these.
I repeat, do not skip the dip!
I highly recommend using your favorite creamy ranch dip. Creamy is key here.
We ended up using a vegan ranch with our mushrooms because it was all the store had. It had too much vinegar, lacked creaminess, and was an overall disappointment. Maybe it works well in other dishes, but we did not care for it here.
June is National Dairy Month. Why not honor it by using a ranch dip made with real dairy? I bet your taste buds will thank you!
Another thing to notice is that we are quartering the mushrooms (or even cutting them into ⅛s). This resolves the issue I had with whole fried mushrooms reminding me of whole belly clams. I found the ratio of crispy coating to tender mushroom to be far more optimal this way.
No more biting into a whole fried mushroom that seemed cool enough and getting burned by hot liquid. There were no complaints that I cut the mushrooms up, so the modification seems to be all positive without negatives.
Finally (and I’m only mentioning this because I am a dietitian), calling these “no added oil” is not quite true. Using an oil spray to mist the mushrooms prior to air frying does add a small amount of added oil.
Though oil sprays are typically listed as “0 calories” this number is always for a tiny serving size with the calories rounded down. If you are heavy-handed with oil sprays, they can become a significant source of hidden calories over time.
Oil sprays are great if you are looking to cut back on added oils. However, I think it’s good to be aware that they aren’t really calorie-free.
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Air Fryer Mushrooms (Fried Mushrooms with No Added Oil!)
- 8 ounces whole baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (cut them into ⅛ if very large)
- 1 T spelt flour
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- ¼ c whole wheat breadcrumbs (fine texture)
- ¼ t garlic powder
- ¼ t onion powder
- ¼ t smoked paprika
- ⅛ t oregano
- ⅛ t dried basil
- ½ T grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper, to taste
- cooking oil spray of choice
- 3 T creamy ranch dressing or dip
- Put your washed and quartered baby bellas in a bowl. Sprinkle with the spelt flour. Stir gently to evenly distribute the flour.
- Whisk the eggs in a second bowl. Combine the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, basil, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a third bowl.
- Mist your air fryer baking racks with the oil spray.
- Dip the mushroom pieces first in the whisked egg and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Place the mushrooms on your air fryer racks in a single layer.
- When all of your mushrooms have been coated, mist them with the oil spray. Air fry them for 5 minutes at 350°F. Switch the position of the racks in the oven, mist them with the oil spray once more, and air fry for an additional 5 minutes at 350°F. (Your cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer you are using!)
- Serve your air fried mushrooms with your favorite creamy ranch dressing or dip. Enjoy!
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). The calorie count on this recipe includes ⅓ of the mushrooms with 65 calories (approximately 1 tablespoon) of dip. The exact count for you will depend on the brand of breadcrumbs and dressing that you use. Since we’re using flour here (from both flour and breadcrumbs), I’ve given this snack the bump to level three. If you want a lighter option, you could always just serve raw mushrooms with the dip. It’s still delicious and will save you quite a bit of kitchen work!
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