These buttery, ranch-flavored mushrooms are a great side dish and also the perfect party food. Your Instant Pot Mushrooms cook them perfectly every single time.
When I see mushrooms, I go a little nuts. Which is weird, I realize, because they are after all just mushrooms. It’s not like they are delicious nuggets of sugar or anything. Every time I make these savory, totally delicious mushrooms in my Instant Pot I eat THE ENTIRE BATCH. Because no one in my family appreciates them (or even wants to look at them), plus I just literally cannot control myself when they’re in my midst.
These mushroom bites are a great party food option for potlucks, or any gathering. They are also a great side dish or topping for steak or chicken. OR! A wonderful mid-afternoon snack! If you love mushrooms like I do, add these to your must-make list pronto!
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HOW TO SAUTE MUSHROOMS IN THE INSTANT POT
Set Instant Pot to saute. Add 1/4 cup salted butter and 3 cloves minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add two 8-ounce packages of whole fresh mushrooms and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until softened.
Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, a packet of Ranch dressing mix (hidden valley works great) and 1 cup beef broth (or water) to the pot. Mix well.
Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 5 minutes on high pressure (use the pressure cook setting). It will take the Instant Pot around 8 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking is done, do a quick release. Remove cover and serve with toothpicks, if desired.
Don’t waste the melted butter mixture when the mushrooms are done cooking! Spoon the succulent sauce over the tops of those savory ‘shrooms. For a thicker sauce, set the pressure cooker to saute and let boil for 10 minutes, or until thickened.
If you’d rather let the mushrooms cook slowly over a period of time, use the slow cooker function on your Instant Pot and cook for 2 hours. Or consider trying this Buttery Ranch Mushroom Bites recipe in your crock pot for a traditional slow cooker recipe.
For a different flavor, consider replacing the dry Ranch dressing with Italian dressing mix or any other variety of dry salad dressing mix.
Replace a portion of the butter in the recipe with olive oil for a more complex flavor.
Add another type of vegetable to the recipe for an added kick of veggie-ness. Consider green beans, broccoli, snap peas or sliced carrots. Do not exceed more than 1 cup of extras.
ARE MUSHROOMS GOOD FOR YOU?
Mushrooms themselves are packed with nutritional value. They contain almost no calories and also have fiber and protein, as well as many other vitamins and nutrients. When combined with butter, oil and other ingredients the healthiness obviously diminishes, so keep this in mind when preparing them.
CAN DOGS EAT MUSHROOMS?
Store-bought mushrooms are totally safe for consumption for dogs. There are wild varieties of mushrooms that neither dogs nor humans should eat, but the varieties you will find in the store are safe.
CAN YOU FREEZE MUSHROOMS?
Mushrooms can definitely be frozen, but for best results freeze before cooking to avoid mushiness. If you find yourself with an abundance of mushrooms, first place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and quick freeze them for 20 minutes. This will ensure that they do not stick together once they are touching.
Place them in a heavy duty freezer bag and freeze for up to 4 months. When ready to enjoy, allow the mushrooms to thaw completely in the fridge before cooking or eating them.
HOW LONG DO MUSHROOMS LAST?
Store fresh mushrooms in a paper bag in the fridge for best results. They need a little bit of air in order to stay fresh, unlike other vegetables. Mushrooms will stay fresh for 5-7 days when refrigerated and stored properly. If mushrooms start turning brown or getting soft, these are signs that they are starting to spoil.
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
Instant Pot Mushrooms with Butter Ranch Sauce
- Instant Pot
- 1/4 cup salted butter cut into pieces
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 16 oz whole mushrooms rinsed
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 oz dry Ranch seasoning 1 packet
- 1 cup beef broth or water
- Set Instant Pot to saute. Add the butter and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until softened.
- Add the Parmesan, Ranch dressing mix and beef broth (or water) to the pot; mix well.
- Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 5 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 8 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
- When cooking is done, do a quick release. Remove cover and serve with toothpicks, if desired.