Smoky glazed mushrooms are a delicious vegan topping, side dish, or main dish that is easy to make and adds a smoky, savory flavor to your meals.
What Are Smoky Glazed Mushrooms?
Smoky glazed mushrooms are something I whip up when I want a delicious, savory treat. Mushrooms are mixed with just 6 ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now - soy sauce, maple syrup, olive oil, smoked paprika, black pepper, and garlic powder. The result? A blend of earthy mushroom goodness and a hint of sweet, smoky flavor. They can be made in a pan or in the oven, so whichever way you cook them, they are delicious.
I can't resist adding them to my meals, like topping Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup. They're perfect as a side dish to Smoked Tofu and are great in open-faced sandwiches. My husband loves these just as a flavorful snack. Trust me, you've got to try these!
Ways To Use Smoky Glazed Mushrooms
Feel free to get creative and experiment with these suggestions to find your favorite way to use these mushrooms in your dishes.
- Mushroom Open Face Sandwich: This is one of my favorite quick and easy lunches.
- Burger or Sandwich: Layer mushrooms on veggie burgers or wraps for a smoky and savory flavor.
- Soup and Salad Toppings: Sprinkle smoky glazed mushrooms over creamy soups like vegan cauliflower and potato soup for added texture and flavor. You can also add them to salads.
- Pizza Topping: Use mushrooms as a pizza topping. They add a smoky, chewy, meaty element to your pizza.
- Pasta Dish: Use mushrooms over pasta dishes, especially carbonara or vegan Alfredo, to boost their smoky and umami flavor.
- Breakfast Burrito: Include it in your breakfast burrito or breakfast sandwich for a savory morning meal.
- Potato Dishes: Sprinkle it over baked or mashed potatoes to elevate flavor.
- Quiche or Frittata: Add these savory mushrooms to quiches or frittatas for a smoky and flavorful breakfast or brunch option.
- Vegan Mac and Cheese: Top vegan mac and cheese with mushrooms for a smoky and savory macaroni dish.
- Loaded Baked Potatoes: Top your baked potatoes with these mushrooms, vegan cheese, and dairy-free sour cream for a loaded potato experience.
- mushrooms (shiitake or cremini work well)
- soy sauce or tamari for a gluten-free option
- maple syrup or agave nectar
- olive oil or sesame oil
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- black pepper
Note on Mushrooms
When it comes to smoky glazed mushrooms, cremini, and shiitake mushrooms are my favorites. You can use any mushrooms, but these are my go-to for this dish.
Creminis bring a mild, earthy vibe and a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture. They soak up the smoky-sweet glaze like a champ, giving you that subtle mushroom goodness.
Shiitake mushrooms pack a rich, hearty umami punch, but I think are chewier and meatier in texture.
Cremini mushrooms are an easy-to-find and budget-friendly choice, available just about everywhere. On the other hand, shiitakes tend to come with a slightly higher price tag.
Fun note: White button mushrooms, creminis, baby bellas, and portobellos are all essentially the same mushrooms at different stages of maturity.
Cooking in a Skillet Instructions
Preparation: If necessary, clean the mushrooms and pat them dry with a paper towel. I adapt it to the dish at hand when it comes to chopping or slicing. I tend to go with a chop for a topping, but I opt for slicing when they're destined for sandwiches, potatoes, pasta, or rice.
In a mixing bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients.
Add the mushrooms and mix together well.
Add the marinated mushroom in a single layer to a hot pan. Once the mushrooms are tender and have reduced in size, remove them from the heat.
Instructions for Baking the Smoky Glazed Mushrooms
If baking them in the oven, spread them evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet along with any remaining marinade. Bake them at 400°F (200°C) for 15 - 20 minutes or until tender and shrink in size.
While unnecessary, I like to marinate them in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes to allow the flavors to deepen.
Avoid overcrowding the pan or baking sheet when cooking. Mushrooms release moisture as they cook, and overcrowding can lead to them steaming instead of browning and caramelizing. For the best results, cook the mushrooms in batches if needed, ensuring that there's enough space for them to brown and develop that delicious smoky flavor.
Keep a close eye on them, as cooking times may vary depending on your oven. Remove them from the oven once they are golden brown and shrink a little.
These mushrooms can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. They reheat great in the microwave or air fryer.
They can be made gluten-free using gluten-free soy sauce or tamari in the marinade.
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- 10 oz roughly chopped mushrooms (cremini or shiitake work well)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (tamari for a gluten-free option)
- 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- A pinch of black pepper
- Prepare the Mushrooms: Chop or slice the mushrooms, depending on what you are making them for.
- Marinade: In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce or tamari, maple syrup or agave nectar, olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper. Whisk the marinade until well combined.
- Marinating the Mushrooms: Toss the mushrooms in the marinade until they are well coated. You can leave them in the marinade for longer to enhance the flavor if you're not in a hurry.
- Cooking: Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the marinated mushroom and cook for about 10 minutes. They will significantly reduce in size. The marinade will caramelize as they cook, giving the mushrooms a smoky and savory flavor reminiscent of bacon.
- Serve: Once the mushroom slices are tender, remove them from the heat and serve.
If you are baking the mushrooms in the oven, spread them evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet along with any remaining marinade. Bake them at 400°F (200°C) for 15 - 20 minutes or until tender and shrink in size.
Do not overcrowd the pan when cooking so the mushrooms can get properly brown and caramelized.
When it comes to smoky glazed mushrooms, cremini and shiitake mushrooms are my favorites. Use whatever variety you would like.
Nutritional profile is only an estimate. Use an app like Cronometer to get exact measurements with the ingredients and brands you use.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: side dish, topping, main course
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: Asian-Inspired
- Diet: Vegan
- Serving Size: ⅓ cup
- Calories: 75
- Sugar: 6.4 g
- Sodium: 221.6 mg
- Fat: 3.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.1 g
- Protein: 2.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: quick, healthy, asian-inspired, mushrooms, savory, meat substitute