These simple restaurant-style sautéed mushrooms are quartered white button mushrooms cooked in olive oil, salt and pepper until caramelized and tender. This is an easy side dish that cooks in just 20 minutes.  It is perfect for busy weeknights or as a holiday side dish.

Easy Sauteed Mushrooms

Restaurant-Style Sautéed Mushrooms

This might just be the most simple yet delicious recipe on my blog.  These restaurant-style sautéed mushrooms are for both mushroom lovers and mushroom skeptics (i.e. my husband until he tried these mushrooms).  These babies are perfectly tender, mega flavorful and seared golden brown on the stovetop.  They require few ingredients.  In fact, what makes this recipe extra special is not necessarily the ingredients themselves but how the dish is prepared.  If you never knew how to properly cook mushrooms, this is your chance to master it without much effort at all.  We are talking restaurant-level deliciousness in a matter of 20 minutes or less.  Yes, please.  

Easy Sautéed Mushrooms Overhead

Why I’m loving these simple sautéed mushrooms

By now, you all know that gourmet yet simple wholesome food is my love language.  They may be restaurant-style fancy but their simplicity is what I mostly love about them.

I also love a dish that is versatile.  They provide so many delicious eating scenarios.  You can serve these mushrooms over pasta, in tacos, in lasagna, with grain bowls or just as is straight from the pan.  All three of my kids have been loving these mushrooms as a weeknight dinner side dish.  I love to serve them with plain quinoa which helps sop up all the flavor these mushrooms offer.  They go with most meals and their texture and flavor is just so satisfying, especially this time of year.  This dish would also make a quick and simple addition to your Thanksgiving menu.  If you do, depending on your crowd you might even want to double the recipe.  You can do this by pressing the “2x” button within the recipe card below.  This will update all the ingredient quantities so you don’t have to do the math.  

Easy Sautéed Mushrooms

The only ingredients that you need for these Restaurant-Style Sautéed Mushrooms are:

  1. white button mushrooms (or your favorite mushroom variety)
  2. extra virgin olive oil
  3. salt & pepper

You can also season with a little garlic powder and/or fresh garlic.  I like to finish it with a garnish of flaky sea salt and chopped chives or parsley too.

How to select and store your mushrooms

I look for firm, well-shaped mushrooms that do not have any spots or slime on them. According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, you can store mushrooms in your refrigerator in their original container or paper bag for up to one week.  But like most produce, they are best when fresh so I like to buy them the day before if possible.  

Easy Sautéed Mushrooms in Serving Bowl

How to make Restaurant-Style Sautéed Mushrooms

Here I’m divulging my simple secrets for restaurant-style mushrooms.  Heck, these are even better than the ones you get at restaurants. 

For starters, selecting fresh mushrooms is so important!  You don’t need anything fancy.  I usually go with white button mushrooms.  I always buy two pounds at a time since they shrink down so much in size when they cook.  And, I like to start with large mushrooms that are not pre-packaged for best results.  I quarter the mushrooms instead of slice them – just my preference.  I like the hearty bite that quartering them provides as opposed to thinly slicing them. 

I use a good amount of olive oil and simply season them with salt and pepper.  You could certainly add garlic powder as well here.  I sauté them in a large rimmed pan on medium heat for 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally throughout to ensure even cooking.  

At first, the mushrooms will look dry.  Then, they will start to release a ton of liquid.  At this point you might typically stop and serve but this is where you want to keep going.  As the liquid burns off, the mushrooms start to shrink and sear in the pan to create those golden brown and flavorful spots that are irresistible.  The take home message from this post is to keep cooking them for that seared caramelized exterior that looks amazing and more importantly provides extra flavor.  

My advice is to cook them for at least 15 minutes and keep going if you feel you have the time and they are not on the brink of burning.  

What are the health benefits of mushrooms?

Mushrooms are low in calories and high in dietary fiber and riboflavin.  They are also a good source of niacin, copper and pantothenate.  This is a side dish you can feel extra good about.

Want more addictive easy vegetable side dish recipes in your life?

If you are a vegetable lover like me, you are always looking for the next best recipe that takes vegetables to the next level.  Here are some of my favorite simple vegetable side dishes for you to try (they are all vegan, soy-free and gluten-free):

  1. Crispy Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  2. 10 Tips for Actually Crispy Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  3. Maple Roasted Butternut Squash 
  4. Whole Roasted Rainbow Carrots Over Creamy Hummus with Green Tahini Sauce 
  5. Baked Crispy Cauliflower Poppers
  6. Roasted Green Cabbage with Green Tahini Sauce 
  7. Hemp Seed Crusted Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce 
  8. Garlic & Chive Roasted Vegetables
  9. Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

Now, Let’s Make Some Simple Sautéed Mushrooms!

These Simple Sautéed Mushrooms will be your new go-to nutritious vegetable side dish.  They are easy enough for a busy weeknight but special enough for your holiday table!

I cannot wait for you to give these Simple Sautéed Mushrooms a try!  Let’s get cooking!

Easy Sauteed Mushrooms

Restaurant-Style Sautéed Mushrooms

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 4 1x


These simple restaurant-style sautéed mushrooms are quartered white button mushrooms cooked in olive oil, salt and pepper until caramelized and tender. This is an easy side dish that cooks in just 20 minutes.  It is perfect for busy weeknights or as a holiday side dish.



  • 2 pounds (16 ounces) large white button mushrooms, washed, dried and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •  Garnish: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or chives


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and stir well.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15-18 minutes.  You will know it is done when all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are seared and caramelized.
  3. Serve hot with fresh parsley or chives as garnish if desired.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.  Reheat on the stovetop.


Flavor variations – This is a basic recipe, but you can absolutely add other flavors to customize your mushrooms to your preferences.

  • Garlic lover?  You can most definitely add garlic powder and/or fresh garlic if desired.  If you do I recommend starting with 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 garlic clove, minced.  If adding fresh garlic, I recommend adding toward the end of the cooking time so it doesn’t burn. 
  • Want some heat?  Add 1/4 teaspoon cru