Caramelized Mushrooms – How to Make Savory Caramelized Garlic Mushrooms

Caramelized mushrooms are one of my favorite side dishes.  Who doesn’t love the delicious taste of these slowly cooked mushrooms that take on a lovely caramel color and a boat load of amazing flavor.

This recipe is super easy to make and a must have addition to any side dishes recipe collection.

The secret to delicious caramelized mushrooms. Don't stir!

Cooking mushrooms this way requires a bit of technique, since this vegetable has a high water content and releases juices while cooking. But don’t just settle for raw mushrooms on salads when you can get the amazing flavor that this dish delivers.

There are so many ways to use this versatile vegetable and caramelizing them is one of my favorite things to do.

I love to caramelize onions and other vegetables that have an innate sweetness. It allows that sweet taste to come to the front and gives the vegetable a much different taste.

Mushrooms are another great veggie that is perfect for caramelization and it’s a lot easier than you might think.

Making Caramelized Mushrooms

Mushrooms have a lovely earthy flavor on their own, but add in some balsamic vinegar.

Mine was flavored with rosemary for extra flavor. I also used a generous helping of garlic and some brown sugar cooked in butter and oil to release the natural sweetness and take the flavor to a whole new level.ingredients for caramelized mushrooms

The secret to cooking good caramelized mushrooms is to leave them alone.  Seriously.   Put them in the pan and walk away.

Go have a glass of wine and catch up on the day with hubbie. Watch some TV. Whatever…  Just don’t hover over the cooking pan!

If you stir them too often or crowd them, they will steam. You do not want to serve a soggy mess of cooked mushrooms that look like something that might be served on the top of a bad pizza.

What you want are rich flavorful mushrooms that have caramelized from undisturbed cooking, and leaving them alone to cook does this.

My husband loves caramelized mushrooms.  He is fond of them cooked any way that I do them but really raved about these. We have them often as a simple side dish and they are just plain amazing on top of a good burger.

Caramelized Mushrooms with balsamic and brown sugar. So delicious.

Tasting caramelized mushrooms

The mushrooms are just full of flavor, not at all soggy and worth the patience required in cooking.  (I find it hard not to mess with things when they are on the stove!)

The taste is a combination of the earthiness of the mushrooms, the savory taste of balsamic vinegar, all finished off with the sweetness of the brown sugar.

Try them. They will become a favorite, for sure!


For a reminder of this recipe for garlic caramelized mushrooms, just pin this image to one of your Pinterest Cooking Boards.This recipe for garlic caramelized mushrooms takes the earthy taste of mushrooms to a whole new level.

Yield: 4

Savory Caramelized Garlic Mushrooms

The secret to delicious caramelized mushrooms. Don't stir!

This recipe for savory caramelized garlic mushrooms gives the earthy taste of mushrooms a naturally sweetened boost.

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 lb white mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of rosemary infused olive oil ( or normal olive oil and a tablespoon of fresh rosemary)
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar


  1. Clean the mushrooms with a paper towel. The just need a gentle wipe. Cut into quite thick slices
  2. Add butter and oil to a pan and heat over medium high and allow it to get hot. Add the mushrooms to the pan being careful not to crowd the pan, and walk away for about 4 minutes. (well okay...peek a bit to make sure they don't burn, but don't disturb them or stir them.)
  3. Turn the mushrooms and cook another 4 minutes undisturbed.
  4. Stir in the crushed garlic and cook until it is fragrant but be careful not to burn. Garlic can burn very easily. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar, stir a bit, and continue cooking. Now you can stir occasionally, or just shake the pan from time to time to coat.


Each serving has 4 WW Freestyle points

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 6.6gSaturated Fat: 2.3gUnsaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 7.8mgSodium: 233.8mgCarbohydrates: 11.2gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 6.6gProtein: 3.9g

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  27 comments for “Caramelized Mushrooms – How to Make Savory Caramelized Garlic Mushrooms

  1. Stephanie Lee
    10/20/2014 at 9:43 pm

    Literally one of the best thing I’ve ever eaten, completely obsessed with these.

    • admin
      10/20/2014 at 10:30 pm

      So glad you liked it Stephanie. I adore mushrooms and am always looking for new ways to prepare them.


  2. Mark Rossi
    11/19/2014 at 12:43 pm

    Mushrooms done this way were absolutely awesome! Adding the rosemary infused EVOO along with the garlic, balsamic vinegar, soy and brown sugar made for a really unique sophisticated slightly sweet flavor. I used the mushrooms in an Italian sausage spaghetti sauce. The mushrooms maintained their own caramelized personality and flavor even after simmering in the sauce for a couple of hours. This made my pasta sauce really stand out. Thank you for this recipe!

    • admin
      11/19/2014 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Mark, Thanks for the nice comments. I’m glad you enjoyed my caramelized garlic mushrooms recipe. I’m always looking for new ways to cook them, since I love mushrooms. Carol

      • Crystal
        05/01/2020 at 1:20 am

        Just made these mushrooms with a chocolate balsamic vinegar that I picked up from a local shop. OMG these were to die for!!

        • Carol Speake
          05/01/2020 at 12:46 pm

          Glad you enjoyed the recipe Crystal

      • Joyce Stern
        09/05/2020 at 2:35 pm

        Delicious mushrooms will prepare them again
        Thank you

  3. Mary Jo
    12/21/2014 at 6:59 am

    Could they be made ahead and kept in crockpot?

    • admin
      12/21/2014 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Mary Jo. I have not tried this but I am not sure it would work out well. The secret to these being so good is the caramalization of the mushrooms. Putting them in a crock pot would make them soggy I think. They are best served right after cooking.

  4. Diane Decker
    06/07/2015 at 9:42 am

    I made these last night for my 65th birthday, to accompany some great burgers. We were fighting over the last dregs of sauce to dip our meat in. The definition of “umami” should be these mushrooms. Holy heck they were incredible. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. I have shared it with 600 plus Facebook friends this morning.

    • admin
      06/08/2015 at 11:04 am

      Hi Diane, So glad you enjoyed the mushroom recipe and thanks for sharing it with your friends. Carol

  5. maggie
    08/24/2015 at 10:21 am

    Garlic and mushroom, an eternal combination! This sounds delicious, thank you very much 🙂

    • admin
      08/24/2015 at 11:12 am

      Hope you enjoy it Maggie! Carol

  6. Sandra Jimenez
    12/10/2016 at 6:20 pm

    I wish to do a stuffed pork tenderloin and would like to stuff with mushrooms. Your caramelizad with garlic mushrooms seem like a great idea, what do you think or maybe you have s better suggestion.
    Thank you

    • Carol
      12/10/2016 at 6:36 pm

      HI Sandra. I use mushrooms a lot for stuffing and caramelizing them first is a great idea. I think it would turn out beautifully. Carol

  7. Millie douglass
    03/08/2017 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you for your recipe. I want to try them in a recipe for spinach meat loaf that I saw on Tv today .

    • Carol
      03/09/2017 at 9:50 am

      My pleasure Millie. The spinach meatloaf sounds interesting! Carol

  8. Julia
    06/01/2017 at 10:45 am

    Can you provide any more details about timing/level of heat/type of pan you use? I can’t say I have much experience with caramelizing (or cooking in general!) so I’m not sure where I went wrong, but somehow I just burned everything. I used a nonstick skillet set at about 8/10. After flipping the mushrooms, I felt like they were starting to burn/oil nearly gone after only 2 minutes or so, so I quickly moved on and added the garlic which I also cooked for only less than a minute as it seemed to be burning. I added all the final ingredients and it was looking and smelling amazing, but about 30-60 seconds in everything suddenly turned black and started smoking. Guessing I just had the heat too high from the start? Would more oil help? Different pan? Anything else? And how long should they cook after you add the final ingredients? Guess you can tell I’m a newbie :)- They smelled so good at first, I’m determined to get them right!

    • Carol
      06/01/2017 at 12:23 pm

      HI Julia. I use Green pans (non stick ceramic) and either olive oil or coconut oil. (coconut oil has a higher smoke point.) I heat the oil first and then add the mushrooms. It sounds as though you had the heat too high. Mine have never burned. Stoves can vary depending on how old they are (mine is older.) I’d try them again with a lower heat. Carol

  9. Nicole Kalleberg
    08/29/2017 at 2:26 pm

    Have u ever tried these without the sugar? Trying to keep it lo carb…thanks

    • Carol
      08/31/2017 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Nicole. I have not tried it that way. It would work but omitting the brown sugar would change the taste quite a bit. Carol

  10. Lynda Carter
    11/23/2017 at 8:55 pm

    This was the most excellent addition to my filet minon tonight. I didn’t have Basamic Vinegar so I used Rice Vinegar and it is so delicious! I could make the sauce again without the mushrooms.

    • Carol
      11/24/2017 at 10:27 am

      Glad you liked the recipe Lynda!

  11. Cathy
    08/14/2018 at 10:38 am

    Can this be made ahead of time and reserve it in the fridge for later use? May be 3 to 4 days ahead of time? Thanks.

    • Carol
      08/14/2018 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Cathy. Most recipes can be reheated later but they lose quality. In this case, I think the mushrooms might get rubbery. Carol

  12. Brenda
    08/28/2019 at 10:03 pm

    can I use dried Morel mushrooms for this recipe and get the same results?

    • Carol
      08/31/2019 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Brenda, I have not tried cooking the recipe in the way you suggest, so I don’t know how it will turn out. Dried mushrooms normally need extra moisture, so I would think that the end result would be quite different.

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