This Mushroom Fried Rice is garlicky, buttery, irresistible, and ready in under 20 minutes. I take the classic fried rice recipe and enhance it with a generous dose of garlic, caramelized mushrooms, and rich buttery goodness.
Mushroom fried rice is super delicious and a breeze to make. When combined, the intense flavor of garlic is tamed by the richness of butter, creating an irresistible mouth feel, just like the shrimp and rice recipe or garlic butter shrimp pasta.
To clean mushrooms, wipe them with a damp paper towel, to remove loose dirt and debris. Avoid soaking them in water as they will absorb water like a sponge and won’t brown during cooking.
All fried rice recipes are made with leftover cold rice, like the egg fried rice, because rice dries out in the refrigerator and maintains separate grains.
Why this recipe works?
The magic of heat! I begin sauteeing chopped garlic in butter over low heat, until it gets pale golden in color. This tames the harsh notes as well as releases its aromas and flavors into the butter, which will then perfume the dish with garlicky goodness.
Then I increase the heat to cook mushrooms because I don't want to steam them. The minute mushrooms hit the hot skillet, they begin to caramelize without leaching out excess moisture. The umaminess is then elevated with the glutamate-rich soy sauce.
I then finish with a dab of butter for a more buttery flavor and a glistening finish!
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
- Mushrooms - I used white button variety, like in mushroom sandwich or chicken mushroom pasta. It is easy to find in most grocery stores. Baby bella or cremini will also be great substitutes.
- Rice - Any cooked white rice that you have on hand will work. It will be great if it is day-old. Though jasmine is traditional, basmati is a great replacement as well.
- Garlic - Lots of minced garlic.
- Butter - It is added in two stages for a rich buttery taste.
- Soy sauce - Adds umaminess and savory depth.
Pro tip: Use cold rice! Cold, refrigerated, preferably day-old is perfect. Hot cooked rice grains will turn mushy when stir fried, so it is important for it to be cold or at least at room temperature. If you don’t have cold rice from the day before, then spread hot cooked grains on sheet trays and let it hang out at room temperature for a couple of hours to help it dry.
How to make?
You can find full printable recipe below, but here is a quick overview of the procedure along with step-by-step photos.
1.Place a medium cast iron or non-stick skillet over low-medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and garlic, and saute for a few seconds, until it begins to get golden. You will begin to smell the incredible garlicky aroma!
2 & 3. Add onion and sliced mushroom, increase heat to high, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring very often, until mushrooms are cooked and get a deep color.
4. Reduce heat to medium, stir in rice, scallions, soy sauce, salt, pepper and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Stir until thoroughly combined and rice is heated though.
Tip: Finishing with butter adds more buttery flavor and imparts a glistening finish!
Pro tip: Begin low and then increase to high! Unlike traditional recipes, I begin by cooking chopped garlic in butter over low heat, until they get pale golden in color. This takes the bite off of it, as well as releases its aromas and flavors into the butter, which will then perfume the dish with garlicky goodness.
How to store leftovers?
This mushroom fried rice recipe yields just 3 servings, so you will not have any leftovers. However, if you have any leftovers, then refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave when needed.
- Heat – Unlike classic fried rice recipes, where it is usually cooked over high heat, this mushroom fried rice recipe begins over low heat, continues over high heat, and finished off in low heat.
- Cook garlic in low heat- Garlic will burn in high heat and will result in a bitter taste.
- Cook mushrooms in high heat - They contain about 90% moisture. Cooking them in high heat will retain some of that moisture and texture.
- Red pepper flakes - Optional but recommended.
If you don’t have cold rice from the day before, then spread hot rice on sheet trays and let it hang out at room temperature for a couple of hours to help it dry.
They have a ton of water in them, which seeps out when they are cooked. If you cook them over low heat, they will just simmer in their liquid. Medium-high or high heat will give them a nice brown color and still maintain some texture.
When shopping for mushrooms, look for ones that don't have discolored or soft caps. The bottom of the stems should not be mushy or starting to shred apart, but a little discoloration is ok. Since they grow in dirt, it is inevitable you'll find some on them. Just a quick rinse under running water will make them super clean.
Begin by trimming the bottom of the stems. Cut large ones in half, and then slice each half into thin strips for sauteeing.
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Mushroom Fried Rice
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
- 4 large garlic cloves chopped
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- ½ to 1 cup chopped onion cut into ¾-inch dice
- 8 ounces white mushrooms sliced
- 4 cups cooked and cooled white rice
- 3 scallions chopped
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon Salt, use as needed
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place a medium cast iron or non-stick skillet over low-medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and then garlic. Saute for 10 to 30 seconds, until it begins to get golden (you will begin to smell the incredible garlicky aroma).
- Add red pepper flakes, onion and sliced mushrooms, increase heat to high and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring very often, until mushrooms are cooked and gets a deep colorPro tip: Begin low and then increase to high! Unlike traditional recipes, I begin by cooking chopped garlic in butter over low heat, until they get pale golden in color. This takes the bite off of it, as well as releases its aromas and flavors into the butter, which will then perfume the dish with garlicky goodness..
- Stir in rice, scallions, soy sauce, salt, pepper and remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Stir until thoroughly combined and rice is heated though.Tip: Finishing with butter adds more buttery flavor and imparts a glistening finish!
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