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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Mushroom Fritters (Mushroom Pancakes)

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Fragrant, flavorful, crispy mushroom fritters are the best side dish! A combination of aromatic garlic, onion, and mushroom comes together for a mouth-watering, delicious, savory bite. These fried mushroom pancakes require minimal prep and are so easy to cook! You can easily make them gluten-free and dairy-free, too.

Easy mushroom fritters stacked on a white plate with dipping sauce on the side.

Fritters are one of those easy and convenient any time of day foods that everyone will love! These mushroom fritters can be enjoyed as a side dish with a variety of meals, or even as a snack or appetizer. Warning – they never last long in my house, with everyone running to the kitchen as they smell the amazing aromas that fill the air!

One bite of these mini mushroom pancakes and you’ll be hooked! They really are that good! And the best part? You can modify these for various dietary needs or preferences, and make a large batch to freeze ahead of time. Keep reading to see some of our favorite ways to enjoy mushroom fritters.

Whether you are a pro or beginner in the kitchen, these vegetarian fritters are something everyone can easily make at home! They are one of those delicious recipes that people think is overwhelming and tricky, but this one is surprisingly simple.

Want even more mushroom goodness? Try out this ultra easy miso mushroom recipe!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why You’ll Love These Mushroom Fritters

  • Easy To Make: With just 10 minutes of prep and 35 minutes of cook time, these mushroom pancake recipe comes together so easily! You’ll have a full plateful of fritters in no time.
  • Perfect Side Dish: This battered mushrooms recipe go great with so many other meals as the ultimate side to compliment flavors. See some of our suggestions in a later section.
  • Healthy: With mushrooms being the main ingredient, these fritters have great health benefits! Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, support gut health, and promote lower cholesterol.
  • Versatile: Easy mushroom pancakes can be customized with different flavors and add-ins.
  • Family-Friendly: The whole family will love these wild mushroom fritters, with the simple ingredients and perfect texture. They will complement any family meal.
  • Delicious: This mushroom fritter recipe is so tasty and flavorful, thanks to the sauteed onions, garlic, and mushrooms!

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🥘 Ingredients

This easy mushroom fritters recipe comes together with simple, wholesome ingredients. See the recipe card at the bottom of the page for exact measurements.

Ingredients for mushroom fritters (or easy mushroom pancakes) on a white background.
  • Olive Oil, Onion, Mushrooms, Garlic: Sauteeing your diced onion, sliced mushrooms, and crushed garlic in olive oil will maximize flavors while perfectly cooking the veggies!
  • All-Purpose Flour & Rice Flour: The flour helps these fried breaded mushrooms get the best outer crisp.
  • Milk & Eggs: Milk and eggs help hold together the ingredients and add additional flavor.
  • Salt & Pepper: This mushroom pancake recipe doesn’t require anything fancy! Salt and black pepper powder are all you need to bring out the flavor in this side dish.
  • Parsley: Chopped parsley could be optional, but complements the rest of the ingredients really well.

🍲 Ingredient Substitutions

  • Oil: Other oils can be used such as avocado oil or coconut oil.
  • Mushrooms: While white button mushrooms are our preferred choice, you can explore other mushroom options – feel free to try making oyster mushroom fritters, or even lion’s mane. Each type of mushroom has its own unique health benefits, texture and flavor!
  • Spices: If you don’t have onions and garlic, or wish to save time, try using garlic powder and onion powder instead.
  • Flour: If you’d like, you can use gluten-free flour or wholemeal flour.
  • Milk: Any unflavored, unsweetened milk can be used in this mushroom fritters recipe.
  • Herbs: If you do not have any parsley on hand, these would be great with basil, cilantro, arugula, or rosemary.

🔪 How To Make Mushroom Fritters

Making crispy mushroom pancakes is as easy as it gets! No deep frying is required for this recipe. Here is how to make fried mushrooms:

Saute: Heat ½ tbsp oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes.

Diced onions sauteeing in a pan on the stove.

Add Mushrooms & Garlic: Next, add the sliced mushrooms. Continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes before adding the crushed garlic. Cook until the mushrooms are cooked through and soft.

Sliced mushrooms sauteeing in a pan.

Create Batter: Transfer the mushroom mixture to a mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly to create a thick batter.

Fried mushroom batter mixed in a mixing bowl.

Cook Fritters: Heat remaining oil in a pan over medium heat. Scoop ¼ cup of batter and drop carefully into the hot oil, cooking until golden. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown. 

Battered mushroom pancakes cooking in a pan on the stove.

Repeat & Serve: Remove and repeat with remaining batter. Batter makes approximately 12 fritters. Serve fritters on their own or with a side of tzatziki dip and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Battered mushroom pancakes cooking in a pan on the stove.

💭 Expert Tips

  • For Even Cooking: Slice the mushrooms thinly so as to cook evenly and quickly.
  • Adjust Size: Fritters can be made smaller if desired, which is great for serving to young kids or as a bite sized appetizer.
  • Cook Over Medium Flame: Make sure the heat isn’t too high when cooking the fritters as this will cook the outer edges quickly while the center of the fritters will remain uncooked.
  • Remove Excess Oil: To remove excess oil from this mushroom patties recipe, place them on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.
  • How To Thicken Fritter Batter: If your fritter batter is too watery, add more flour to thicken it up! You can also try using cornstarch or arrowroot in addition to the flour.

📖 Variations 

  • Different Spices: Add some heat to these mushroom patties with red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or chopped jalapeno peppers. Or try a bit of miso paste into the mixture for the best umami flavor!
  • Korean Mushroom Pancake: Use enoki mushrooms instead of regular mushrooms in this recipe to turn this into a Korean enoki mushroom pancake recipe!
  • Whole Fried Mushrooms: Instead of slicing the mushrooms, saute them whole, and dip them in the batter, and then pan fry or deep fry them for an easy easy fried mushroom recipe!
  • Other Veggies: Use shallots, spring onions, chives, or peppers to play around with different flavors.
  • Fritter Burger: Enjoy your fritters as a healthy swap to veggie or meat burgers. Try it in place of the patty in this chipotle burger, as these fritters pair so well with the homemade garlic tahini sauce.
  • For Kids: Not all kids love the texture of mushrooms, so you may want to cut the mushrooms into extra small bits or try this as a potato fritter instead.

🍽 Serving Suggestions

Serve this crispy fried mushroom recipe as is, or top them with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. To make a more complete meal you can serve these with a beetroot and feta salad or creamy garbanzo bean soup. My favorite way to enjoy mushroom pancakes is as a simple snack with a side of sauce:

Sauce Options: 

🙌 Dietary Adaptations

This mushroom fritters recipe can be easily modified to meet dietary needs. Here are some easy adaptations that you can try:

Dairy-Free Option: To make these fritters dairy-free, simply swap the low fat milk for a plant-based option like almond milk or cashew milk.

Gluten-Free Option: For a gluten-free version, you can use an all-purpose gluten free flour or try out oat flour or chickpea flour.

🫙 Storage Directions

Here’s how to store and keep these mushroom fritters:

To Store In The Fridge: Store leftover mushroom fritters in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To Freeze: Freeze these mushroom fritters in a freezer safe ziploc bag or airtight container for up to one month. 

To Reheat: Thaw the fritters in the refrigerator before reheating, or heat frozen. Add oil to a pan over medium heat and cook until fritters are hot and crispy.

❓Recipe FAQs

HOW DO YOU KEEP FRITTERS FRESH?

Fritters will stay fresh in the fridge for around 4 days. If you want them to last longer, simply freeze them! If you find that your mushroom fritters are getting soggy, see the FAQ answer down below for help!

WHY ARE MY FRITTERS SOGGY?

Due to the moisture content in mushrooms, your fritters could get soggy after sitting for too long. The best way to avoid soggy fritters is proper storage! Keep them stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and try placing kitchen paper on the bottom of the container to absorb any excess moisture.

DOES BAKING SODA MAKE FRITTERS CRISPY?

Yes! A small pinch of baking soda can help make fritters extra crispy. When added to batter, it reacts and air bubbles. The batter will result in both fluffier and crisper fritters.

How unhealthy are fried mushrooms?

Deep fried mushrooms are pretty unhealthy because they’re high in simple carbs (from the fried mushrooms batter), and high in fat. But if you make a pan fried mushrooms recipe – like these mushroom pancakes, you can get the essence of deep fried mushrooms for fewer calories and fat, but all of the same great flavor!

What’s the best way to fry up mushrooms?

Our preferred method for frying mushrooms is to pan fry in olive oil, with simple spices like salt, pepper, and garlic to bring out the earthiness of the mushrooms.

Easy mushroom fritters stacked on a white plate with dipping sauce on the side.

🥣 More Side Dishes To Try!

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Easy mushroom fritters stacked on a white plate with dipping sauce on the side.
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5 from 6 votes

Mushroom Fritters (Mushroom Pancakes)

Fragrant, flavorful, crispy mushroom fritters are the best side dish! A combination of aromatic garlic, onion, and mushroom comes together for a mouth-watering, delicious, savory bite. These fried mushroom pancakes require minimal prep and are so easy to cook! You can easily make them gluten-free and dairy-free, too.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, snacks
Cuisine: American, vegetarian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 12 fritters
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat ½ tbsp oil in pan and sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes.
  • Next, add the sliced mushrooms. Continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes before adding the crushed garlic.
  • Cook until the mushrooms are cooked through and soft.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients.
  • Mix thoroughly to create a batter.
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan over medium heat, scoop ¼ cup of batter and cook until golden, flip and continue to cook until golden.
  • Remove and repeat with remaining batter. Batter makes approximately 12 fritters.
  • Serve fritters on their own or with a side of tzatziki dip and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Notes

  • Adding rice flour to the batter helps to create a lovely crisp outer edge.
  • Slice the mushrooms thinly so as to cook evenly and quickly.
  • Gluten free flour can be used instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Store left over fritters in an airtioght container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
  • Fritters can be made smaller if desired.
  • Make sure the heat isn’t too high when cooking the fritters as this will cook the outer edges quickly while the center of the fritters will remain uncooked.
  • Substitute the low fat milk for plant based milk to make these fritters dairy free.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

10 responses to “Mushroom Fritters (Mushroom Pancakes)”

  1. Absolutely loved these crispy mushroom fritters! The crispy texture on the outside and the savory goodness inside made these fritters an absolute treat. I appreciate how easy they were to prepare – minimal prep and so quick to cook. These mushroom fritters are definitely going to become a regular favorite in my kitchen! 😋5 stars

  2. I am completely obsessed with these mushroom fritters! They were super easy to make and tasted great – perfect for a savory brunch!5 stars

  3. I had loads of mushrooms that needed using up and this was perfect for them. Really easy to make and adaptable too.5 stars

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