If you love the taste of mushrooms and want to learn how to cook them at home, then understanding the various ways they can be prepared is important. When it comes to making just mushrooms--not stuffing them or using them in another dish--there are five basic ways to prepare them: sautéing, roasting, grilling, broiling and microwaving.
When preparing mushrooms, remember that the best method of cleaning them is to use a soft brush to remove the dirt and particles. Avoid soaking mushrooms, as the water is counterproductive to the cooking process.
Remove any fibrous ends, especially at the bottom of the stem where mushrooms tend to stiffen.
You can slice mushrooms, quarter them, leave them whole or even dice them up. They cook the same in any form.
For every 227gr of mushrooms you plan on sautéing, put one tablespoon of butter or oil in a large skillet. Let the butter melt and heat up before adding the mushrooms to the pan. Allow the mushrooms to heat, stirring them with a wooden spoon, until they become brown and have begun to wilt. Add spices--such as salt, pepper or thyme--to the mushrooms at this point and stir until the liquid in the pan evaporates. Serve the mushrooms hot.
Grilling and Broiling
Grilling and broiling mushrooms are basically the same technique. This type of cooking works well with large cap mushrooms, such as the portabella or the shiitake, and requires a light coating of oil or butter to be spread over the mushroom prior to cooking. You'll want the mushrooms to be about 4 or 5 inches from the heat source. Cook them for about 4 minutes and then flip and cook another 4 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 232 degrees C and then place in a shallow baking dish. According to PioneerThinking.com, you'll want to toss the mushrooms with oil--about 1 tablespoon for every 227gr of mushrooms--before placing in the oven. Cook for about 20 minutes, making sure to stir them around at 5-minute intervals, until the mushrooms are brown.
Microwaves are in nearly every kitchen in the United States and there is a reason for it: They cook things well. Mushrooms are no exception to this. Place the mushrooms in a microwave-safe dish and cover with oil or butter needed. Microwave on the highest setting for about two minutes, stirring once. If the mushrooms are not wilted, simply microwave for another minute on high.