If you're looking for the best way to cook morels, these Pan Fried Morel Mushrooms are everything. Freshly picked morels cleansed and dredged in seasoned flour and pan fried in butter until crispy and golden brown. There is nothing better. Disclaimer: please make sure to read up morel mushrooms before foraging and cooking. NEVER eat any mushroom you aren't 100% certain it's safe to consume.
Keyword how to, morels, mushrooms, pan fried
Prep Time 3hrs
Cook Time 35mins
Total Time 3hrs35mins
Author Laurie McNamara
1poundsfresh morel mushrooms
saltI used sea salt
1½cupsunbleached all-purpose flour
1(rounded) teaspoonsea salt
1(rounded) teaspoongarlic powder
1(rounded) teaspoononion powder
freshly ground black pepper
Fill a large bowl filled 3/4 of the way with warm (not hot) water and stir in 1 tablespoon fine salt (I used sea salt) until dissolved.
Place the morels into the salt water mixture and press to submerge. Place 3 to 4 layers of paper towel over top and gently press until absorbed. This will keep the mushrooms submerged. Refrigerate for 2 to 12 hours or overnight. I like to agitate the mushrooms every once in a while.
Pick mushrooms out of the water and place onto a cutting board. Trim the rough edges of the stems and cut in half.
Fill another bowl with the same salt water solution and add the mushroom halves. Cover with paper towel and soak for another hour or so.
Take the mushrooms out of the water and place onto a clean kitchen towel to drain a bit.
In a large (gallon size) re-sealable bag, combine the flour, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. Add 5 to 6 mushrooms at a time, seal and gently toss to coat. Carefully shake off any excess flour and place onto a rimmed baking sheet, keep them from touching.
Melt 1 stick of butter in a deep-sided, 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Once hot, place a portion of the morels, cut side facing down, into the hot butter. Cook 6 to 7 minutes (depending on their size) or until golden brown. Use a fork or small spatula to carefully turn the mushrooms, cooking for an additional 5 to 6 more minute. Transfer the fried morel to a paper towel lined plate and repeat this process with the remaining mushrooms, adding more butter as needed. Note that the remaining batches may take less time to fry up, so watch carefully.