Delicious Red Wine Mushrooms make for a perfect, simple side dish! Sautéed with fresh herbs and butter, this vegetable side dish is a win.
They come together perfectly with thyme, oregano, parsley, garlic, and more! Red Wine Mushrooms make the perfect side dish to a juicy steak, chicken, or salmon.
This is an easy mushroom recipe that anyone can make! They’re perfect for any day of the week, and even with holiday dinners.
Easy Red Wine Mushrooms Recipe
I love most vegetables, but mushrooms are my favorite. They make an excellent side dish to any recipe, but this is a simple mushrooms recipe that is a total side dish game changer.
I enjoy simple recipes like this because on busy nights when you don’t want to cook, it doesn’t take much to whip up a restaurant-style dinner in just a handful of steps.
Red Wine Mushroom Ingredients
Mushrooms: for this recipe, I used cremini mushrooms (with the stems removed). However, you can make this recipe with any type of mushroom, just be sure to adjust the cook time based on size.
If you’re going to use a different type of mushroom, I recommend using baby bella mushrooms or roughly chopped portobello mushrooms.
Wine: because these are red wine mushrooms, you will be using red wine. I recommend (and prefer) a dry red. I used a Cabernet Sauvignon and absolutely loved the way these mushrooms came out.
Onions: there is no better combination than mushroom and onion. So for this, I sliced up (super thin) a white onion. If you don’t have a white onion, you can use a sweet onion instead. I’ve even made this recipe with red onions and it turned out great!
Herbs and spices: the incredible flavors from this recipe come from the garlic cloves, fresh thyme leaves, fresh oregano leaves, and fresh parsley.
Vinegar: balsamic vinegar is an ingredient you don’t want to miss with this recipe as it is the “icing on the cake” tying together all the flavors.
For cooking: olive oil and unsalted butter.
*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.
How To Prep Mushrooms Properly
You might notice some dirt around your mushrooms when you take them out of their package. This is because they grow close to the ground.
However, you never want to wash a mushroom because it will become waterlogged.
Use a damp paper towel to gently wipe away the dirt around the outside of the mushroom. If you really want to rinse them, do so with cold water and dry them well with paper towels immediately. Never soak your mushrooms because they will absorb the water and it will prevent them from browning when cooking.
How to make Red Wine Mushrooms
1. Heat oil in a pan. Heat a large non-stick pan with olive oil and butter over medium heat.
2. Begin cooking the mushrooms. Place the mushrooms in the pan, stem side down and cook until mushrooms have softened and release their juices.
3. Continue cooking the mushrooms. Flip the mushrooms and add the onion, garlic, and 2 tbsps butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions start to brown. Add the wine, balsamic vinegar, and half the herbs. Season with salt and pepper, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer.
4. Serve the mushrooms. Garnish the mushrooms with the remaining herbs and serve.
What wine goes well with mushrooms?
Have you ever heard someone refer to a mushroom as meaty? I love a grilled meaty mushroom and I know steak lovers will disagree, but – it’s like steak!
Similar to red meats, mushrooms pair really well with red wines. Pinot Noir is elegant, earthy, and the perfect partner to any mushroom dish.
Pinot Noir is both smoky and earthy (like mushrooms) and light allowing it to marry well with the dish when drinking and eating.
What red wine is best for cooking?
Cooking with wine can be fun, but also confusing…especially if you are not a wine drinker! Here are some notes on how to pick the perfect wine to cook with:
If/when a recipe calls for “dry red wine,” you are going to want to use dry red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. These wines are easy to find and available at many different price points so you don’t have to break the bank on a wine you are only using for cooking.
If a recipe ever calls for Marsala, Madeira, or a “fortified wine,” cook with those wines as directed in recipes. Fortified wines have very distinct flavors and should not be substituted. Example: Chicken Marsala definitly needs Marsala wine.
What can I make with a bottle of red wine?
No wine should ever go to waste as there are a ton of fun recipes and things to do with a bottle of red wine. I love making Red Wine Mushroom Sauce (it’s so good on Cornish Hens) with an open bottle of red. However, you can also make:
- Marinated beef for a stew
- Red Wine vinaigrette
- Red Wine Spritzers
- and more!
How long should mushrooms be cooked?
It really depends on what type of mushrooms you’re using and the method in which you are cooking them. In this recipe, they will cook for about 30 minutes but in other methods they might only cook for 5-10 minutes.
Make sure not to crowd the mushrooms in the pan or they’ll steam instead of sautéing
More Side Dish Recipes You Might Like
- Israeli Couscous Recipe
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Whipped Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Crispy Roasted Mini Potatoes
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Red Wine Mushrooms
- 16 ounces cremini mushrooms, stems removed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 white onion, very thinly sliced
- 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat a large non-stick pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil and 3 tbsps of butter over medium heat.
- Place the mushrooms in the pan, stem side down and cook 12-15 minutes, until mushrooms have softened and release their juices.
- Flip the mushrooms and add the onion, garlic, and 2 tbsps butter. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions start to brown. Add the wine, balsamic vinegar, and half the herbs. Season with salt and pepper, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Garnish the mushrooms with the remaining herbs and serve.