These quick pickled mushrooms are delish by themselves, or on a slice of toast with avocado or ricotta. You'll never look at mushrooms the same way! Don't knock 'em til you try them.
While mushrooms can be in season year round, they're usually best in fall and winter. Pickling is a fabulous way to preserve fresh mushrooms while adding some extra flavor.
The good news is most of the basic ingredients are in your pantry already! Just grab some fresh mushrooms from the store or farmers market.
- apple cider vinegar
See recipe card for quantities and Variations section for additional flavor ideas!
First, prepare the brine. The brine has 3 components: acid (apple cider vinegar), water, salt, and sugar. You may adjust the ratios according to your personal preference, but I recommend starting with the basic brine.
Bring vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a boil then remove from heat.
While the brine is warming, slice mushrooms and place into a clean jar with a well fitting lid. Mason jars work well. Add any desired herbs or spices. I recommend a few sprigs of fresh thyme and a clove of garlic.
You may also use whole mushrooms, but sliced mushrooms are easier to use in a rush. In addition, more sliced mushrooms will fit into a jar than whole mushrooms - win!
Carefully pour hot brine over mushrooms, and cover immediately with lid. Let sit at room temp for 1-2 hours, then refrigerate until ready to eat. I recommend letting them marinate for at least 24 hours.
When ready to enjoy, remove the lid and pull out a few slices with a fork. Enjoy on a slice of toast with avocado or ricotta, on a sandwich or by themselves!
Substitutions & Variations
These pickled mushrooms are naturally vegan, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and are 100% delicious.
- You may use another type of vinegar if desired, but I find apple cider yields the best results.
- Sugar is there for flavor - feel free to substitute for another type of sugar if you have a dietary preference, or leave it out if you're sugar free.
On the flavor side, here are some things you can do to spice it up a little:
- Savory - add a garlic clove, diced shallot and a few sprigs of fresh thyme, dill, or rosemary
- Spicy - add a pinch of red pepper flakes, or a diced serrano pepper
The most important piece of equipment for making pickles is a jar with a lid that seals. This is the key to keeping the pickled mushrooms fresh. Mason jars work well.
Store the pickled mushrooms in the refrigerator for up to two months.
I do not recommend freezing anything pickled. This is an old-school preservation technique that predates freezers...
Frequently asked questions
Pickled mushrooms are wonderful on a slice of ricotta toast (use vegan ricotta if dairy free), avocado toast, or on a sandwich. You may also enjoy them alone as a snack if you enjoy the taste and texture of mushrooms. Or throw onto a bloody mary skewer! They also make wonderful toppings for crostini, pizza, salad & grain bowls and pasta salad.
If you're not vegan, serve on a cheese board with some crusty bread, or with some roasted chicken. Yum!
Pickled produce uses a simple formula for a brine - vinegar, water, salt and sugar, while a marinade typically contains olive oil, which spoils faster than a traditional vinegar-based brine. For longest lasting mushrooms, stick to the pickling brine.
Refrigerated quick pickled mushrooms are good for up to two months.
Don't be afraid to add extra flavor! Thyme, garlic, rosemary, peppers, and spices make pickled mushrooms even better.
These quick pickled mushrooms are delish by themselves, on a slice of toast with avocado or ricotta, or on a sandwich. The possibilities are endless!
- 1 package mushrooms, rinsed
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Bring water, vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil, then remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, slice mushrooms and other ingredients as desired, and place into a jar with a well fitting lid.
- Pour hot brine over mushrooms, then seal jar with lid. Leave on the counter for 1 hour then refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
Ingredient ratios may be scaled up or down. You may also adjust amount of any ingredient based to suit personal preference. This is a starting point.
See flavor combinations and variations in the post!
Pickled mushrooms are good in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
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