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Breaded Mushrooms in Air Fryer

These Air Fryer Breaded Mushrooms have a crispy and crunchy exterior with soft and juicy on the inside. They are perfectly seasoned and makes a great appetizer, snack or side dish.

holding a breaded mushroom with a fork above a platter filled with the same

We bring you another air fryer winner!! Mushrooms have not been one of our kid’s favorite veggie. But, this recipe was a huge hit – it is crispy and crunchy outside with soft inside and packed with flavor. It is a healthier alternative to deep fried versions.

Why this recipe works?

  1. The unusual technique for coating the mushrooms is one of a tried and true method adopted in Crispy Tipalia, Chicken parm or this hugely popular Baked cauliflower bites.
  2. The panko and parmesan combination gives a very crispy crust.
  3. An easy recipe that is simple for beginners.

Eat ’em HOT

Due to the high moisture content in mushrooms, the outside coating tends to get softer as it cools. So, I highly recommend eating these piping hot for true crunch.

Air Fryer Breaded Mushrooms

  • Crispy
  • Tender
  • Well seasoned
  • Kid friendly
  • Healthier
  • Delicious as a snack / appetizer / side dish

Main ingredients

Mushrooms – Clean and pat dry mushrooms. Cut them into about 1 and 1/2 inch to 2 inch pieces.

Egg – Helps in binding the crust

All purpose flour – Just 2 tablespoons for binding

Panko breadcrumbs – Gives a light, airy crispy coating (the secret to a crispy air fryer mushrooms)

Parmesan – Parmesan gives a wonderful salty, nutty flavor to the mushrooms

Seasonings – A combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.

ingredients needed for making air fryer mushrooms

How to make breaded mushrooms?

Prep mushrooms – Clean mushrooms and cut them into 1 and 1/2 inch pieces ( cut large mushrooms into quarters / medium mushrooms into halves / small mushrooms left whole ).

Dredge mushrooms – Toss parmesan, panko bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. In another bowl, whisk eggs, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper, until smooth and lump free.

Add mushrooms to this and stir until evenly coated. Coat each mushroom piece into the panko-parm breadcrumb mixure.

Air fry – Place in an air fryer basket, cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, until deep golden brown.

Expert tips

Add chopped mushrooms into the wet batter just before cooking. DO NOT LET MUSHROOMS SOAK IN THE BATTER. If it does then mushroom will begin leaving out moisture.

Alternatively, you can work with one mushroom at a time, dip into batter (allowing excess batter to drip away) and then coat in parmesan crumb mixture.

Cut mushrooms into about 1 and 1/2 pieces – Cut large mushrooms into 4 equal pieces / medium mushrooms into 2 equal pieces / small mushrooms can be left whole.

Dredge well – Using hands, make sure to press bread crumb mixture well on all sides of the mushroom piece to help it adhere well and give a thicker coating.

Make it gluten free – Use gluten free flour and gluten free Panko bread crumbs.

Type – We used white button mushrooms for this breaded mushroom recipe but baby bellas are great as well.

Panko breadcrumbs – If you don’t have panko, then regular bread crumbs may be used (but, the mushroom won’t get as crispy).

Parmesan – Finely shredded parmesan cheese is highly recommended. If you are using pre shredded cheese (that is very coarse), then process for a few seconds in a small food processor or dry grinder.

How to clean mushrooms?

Lightly rinse mushrooms under cold water and thoroughly pat dry with a clean kitchen towel, until no moisture remain (avoid soaking mushrooms as they will absorb water like a sponge and will thin the batter down).

Alternatively, wipe each mushroom with a damp kitchen towel to remove loose dirt and debris (I tend to adopt this method if mushrooms look fairly clean).

an air fryer basket with crispy breaded mushrooms

Serving suggestions:

Air fried mushrooms are delicious as appetizer or side dish for dinner with any pasta, rice, sandwich, soups, chicken, fish or shrimp dishes. Kid friendly as well!

It can enjoyed with marinara sauce / ranch dressing / ketchup on the side for dipping.

Here are few excellent pairings for these fried mushrooms in air fryer – Garlic shrimp, Chicken parmesan, Chicken baked ziti, spicy chicken pasta, Shrimp Alfredo pasta, Penne alla vodka, Ramen Alfredo noodles or Spaghetti Aglio E Olio.

FAQs

Can I make these mushrooms ahead of time?

Unfortunately the answer is no! This one recipe that needs to be served piping hot for best results (just like these doughnuts).
However, here is a method that can be adopted for reheating mushrooms if needed – Cool and refrigerate mushrooms in a covered container and then reheat using the air fryer at 390-400℉ for about 4-5 minutes. They will taste great, but won’t be as crunchy as they were when they are fresh out of the air fryer.

How many calories in one serving?

This recipe makes two servings with 374 calories for each serving.

Can this be frozen?

These breaded mushrooms are best made fresh and eaten hot. Mushrooms tends to get a funny texture when frozen, so we wouldn’t recommend it.

If you kids are into crispy breaded bites, here are few more suggestions: Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets, Bang Bang Cauliflower, Toasted Tortellini, Popcorn Chicken or Crispy Fried Cauliflower.

Troubleshooting

Parmesan crumb mixture is not adhering well – Try to be a little gentle while coating the mushrooms and also tossing in an additional tablespoon of flour to the mushrooms will help.

The breading mixture is beginning to clump and does not form an even coating – This happens towards the end of the breading process, when the wet batter begins to accumulate in the crumb mixture. To keep this to a minimal – Use one dry hand for dredging mushrooms and also remove the bigger clumped chunks with a fork and discard them.

Mushrooms browned too much – Every air fryer is different! We used instant Vortex air fryer and took 10 minutes exactly for 1/2 pound mushrooms. So, we’d recommend checking after 8 to 9 minutes and continue cooking, until needed.

Mushrooms not browned enough after 10 minutes – There could be two reasons for this –

  1. Over crowding – We were able to fit 1/2 pound mushrooms in a single layer without over crowding in a 6-quart Instant vortex air fryer. If you are using a smaller air fryer then cook in two batches, but make sure to check after 7 or 8 minutes.
  2. Not enough cooking spray – We recommend a double coating of cooking spray once in the beginning and again half way through cooking. This guarantees crispy crunchy coating.
holding a breaded mushroom with a fork above a platter filled with the same

More Air Fryer appetizer recipes:

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings

Air fryer shrimp

Crispy Broccoli

Roasted Chickpeas

Air Fryer Tilapia

Chicken Nuggets in Air Fryer

Yield: 2 Servings

Breaded Mushrooms in Air Fryer

a white platter with crispy air fried mushrooms

These Air Fryer Breaded Mushrooms have a crispy and crunchy exterior with soft, tender inside. They are perfectly seasoned and makes a great appetizer, snack or side dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound mushrooms

Dry ingredients

Wet batter

Equipment used

Instructions

Prepare mushrooms

1. Wash mushrooms under running water (don't let them soak in the water), pat dry thoroughly in a clean kitchen towel, until no moisture remains. Alternatively, wipe each mushroom with a damp kitchen towel to remove loose dirt and debris (I tend to adopt this method if mushrooms look fairly clean).

2. Cut large mushrooms into quarters or medium mushrooms into 2 halves or leave small mushrooms whole.

Bread mushrooms


1. Place all dry ingredients in a shallow bowl and stir to combine.

2. In another medium bowl, whisk all wet ingredients until very smooth and lump free. Stir in cut mushrooms and stir with a spoon until the batter coats all sides of the mushroom (Add mushrooms into the batter just before baking, otherwise it will begin leaving out moisture).

Alternatively, you can work with one mushroom at a time, dip into batter (allowing excess batter to drip off) and then coat in parmesan crumb mixture (we recommend this method for beginners).

3. Working with one mushroom piece at a time, dredge into the panko-parm mixture, turning and pressing on all sides to coat evenly and place on a plate (try to to pack the breadcrumbs well on the mushroom).

4. Pre heat air fryer at 400°F for 10 minutes. Place half the mushrooms into the air fryer basket (spacing evenly), spray a generous coating of non-stick cooking spray.

6. Cook (spray with non-stick cooking spray again after about 5 minutes - don't need to flip) and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until deep golden.

7. Enjoy hot!

(Due to the high moisture content in mushrooms, the crunchiness tends to get softer as it cools ).

Notes

Add chopped mushrooms into the wet batter just before cooking. DO NOT LET MUSHROOMS SOAK IN THE BATTER. If it does then mushroom will begin leaving out moisture.

Alternatively, you can work with one mushroom at a time, dip into batter (allowing excess batter to drip away) and then coat in parmesan crumb mixture.

Cut mushrooms into about 1 and 1/2 pieces – Cut large mushrooms into 4 equal pieces / medium mushrooms into 2 equal pieces / small mushrooms can be left whole.

Dredge well – Using hands, make sure to press bread crumb mixture well on all sides of the mushroom piece to help it adhere well and give a thicker coating.

Make it gluten free – Use gluten free flour and gluten free Panko bread crumbs.

Type – We used white button mushrooms for this breaded mushroom recipe but baby bellas are great as well.

Panko breadcrumbs – If you don’t have panko, then regular bread crumbs may be used (but, the mushroom won’t get as crispy).

Parmesan – Finely shredded parmesan cheese is highly recommended. If you are using pre shredded cheese (that is very coarse), then process for a few seconds in a small food processor or dry grinder.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g

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