Marinated Mushrooms: the effortless appetizer recipe for making Mediterranean mushrooms

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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Looking for an easy appetizer recipe that’s better than store-bought? Then look no further than these Easy Marinated Mushrooms. They’re rich with Italian and Mediterranean flavors, thanks to the zesty marinade. The mushrooms add a good amount of savory flavor too and become tender in the marinade.

You don’t need any costly ingredients, grab a pack of mushrooms and a few pantry ingredients (apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil, herbs, and seasoning), and whip up your own marinated mushrooms. You will wonder why you ever bought them from a store.

For this recipe, you will sauté the mushrooms slightly before marinating, but you can also use them raw. It's the perfect recipe for a large crowd on an antipasto platter. Store it in a jar and serve it with steak or other mains.

What Are Marinated Mushrooms?

Marinated mushrooms are enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, or even a side dish to the main meal. They’re made by marinating raw or cooked mushrooms in a zesty mixture of vinegar, herbs, and spices. The results? Juicy mushrooms packed with umami flavor!

Marinated Mushrooms Ingredients

Mushrooms – for this recipe, you can use cremini, white button, portobello, or enoki mushrooms. Each type of mushroom will bring its own unique flavor, so it’s all up to personal preference.

Olive Oil – Use extra virgin olive oil for the best results.

Vinegar – use apple cider vinegar.

Garlic – use fresh garlic, not granulated.

Herbs – Use fresh parsley, not dried.

How To Make Marinated Mushrooms

First prepare the mushrooms. Wash the mushrooms and dry thoroughly. Fry the mushrooms to allow most of the liquid to release. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and pour over the mushrooms. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. Serve.

You can make marinated mushrooms ahead of time and refrigerate them overnight. In fact, they’re actually better if they had a chance to marinate at least 8 hours.


How To Serve Marinated Mushrooms

These marinated mushrooms are so delicious, you’ll want to eat them straight from the jar. Add them to pasta, salads, or slice them for a pizza.

Tips For Making Easy Marinated Mushrooms

If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, I use a combination of white wine and red wine vinegar.

As an alternative to parsley and thyme, use oregano and tarragon,

How To Store Marinated Mushrooms

Store the marinated mushrooms in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Can You Freeze Marinated Mushrooms?

The marinated mushrooms are not suitable for freezing! But you can prepare them halfway and freeze the sautéed mushrooms.

Place the cooked mushrooms on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer to a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before using.

12 oz
Olive oil
1/4 cup
Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup
Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp
Dried oregano
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
Red pepper
1/4 tsp
fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp


Wash the mushrooms and dry with a paper towel.

Fry the mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of oil and add some salt, cook for 5-7 minutes, until they release the liquid and almost half of it evaporates. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade.

Place the mushrooms in a bowl and pour the marinade mixture on top. Let them sit for 5 minutes, then serve.


These marinated mushrooms are gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and keto- and low-carb friendly!

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