These Crispy Air Fryer Breaded Mushrooms are crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. They are so snackable, you won’t be able to stop eating until they’re gone.
One of my favorite breaded snacks is mushrooms. I used to order them whenever I saw them on a fast food menu. It was somewhat of a rarity to find them, though. Now I can make them at home any time I want with this recipe and my trusty air fryer.
The best part about making them in the air fryer is that you don’t sacrifice the crispy goodness and it uses way less oil, like with air fryer frozen French fries and onion rings.
How to Make Breaded Mushrooms
The best way to make sure your mushrooms are crispy and the breading stays on is to make a dipping station.
You’ll need three bowls or plates.
- Flour seasoned with salt and pepper.
- Egg and milk (and garlic, if you like).
- Plain breadcrumbs or Panko, Parmesan cheese, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
Start by rolling the mushrooms in flour. This will help the breading stick to the mushrooms.
Next, roll them in the egg mixture. Coat them well, but then shake off any excess egg.
Then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture. Again, coat them well, but shake off excess crumbs.
Put the mushrooms on a tray. Spray them with cooking spray. The more evenly they’re sprayed the more golden they will get all around. It’s not necessary to spray them at all, but they won’t get golden crispy if you don’t.
Put them in the air fryer, spaced out if possible, at 400 degrees F (200 C) for 10-12 minutes, or until they’re looking browned and crispy.
Why Use an Air Fryer
With an air fryer, you place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp—much like deep-frying, but without the oil. Compared to deep-frying, using an air fryer can reduce the amount of fat, calories, and potentially harmful compounds in your food.
How to Reheat Fried Mushrooms in the Air Fryer
It’s also super easy to reheat fried mushrooms in the air fryer. If you happen to have some left overs, you can recrisp them in about 5 minutes in the air fryer.
You can also air fry or reheat fried mushrooms that you bought at the store. Usually store-bought crispy mushrooms have oil on them already, so all you need to do is put them in the air fryer and cook them for about 8 minutes. If cooking from frozen, they’ll take about 10 minutes.
Always shake the basket halfway through cooking.
What to Serve Breaded Mushrooms With
These make a great appetizer or snack. I usually make a big batch and set them out in the afternoon when we’re watching a movie. They’re gone in no time.
These mushrooms love a good sauce. Ranch dressing is my go to, but they’re also really good with sriracha mayo, honey mustard, or blue cheese dressing.
>> Looking for more great air fryer snacks? Try these bacon-wrapped tater tots.
Air Fryer Frozen Breaded Mushroom Brands
I usually prefer to bread my own mushrooms at home, because you get less additives and preservatives. You can also control the amount of oil going on. But there are some great brands that you can buy at the store as well.
Our favorite brands of breaded mushrooms to air fry are:
- Molly’s Kitchen Whole Battered Mushrooms
- Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms
Tips For Making the Best Breaded Mushrooms
- Choose mushrooms of a similar size – this will ensure the mushrooms cook evenly. I use baby button mushrooms. They’re the perfect size.
- Use fine breadcrumbs – Panko is too large of pieces to make for good breading on mushrooms. It’s best to use finely ground breadcrumbs. If you only have Panko, put it in the food processor for a minute to break it down.
- Cooking oil spray – You can use whatever cooking oil spray you like, but it needs to be a fine mist so it coats the mushrooms evenly without ruining the breading.
- Space the out – It’s best to space these out in the air fryer and not over lap them. They will cook better with space in between.
What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?
The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.
My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
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Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Mushrooms
- Air Fryer
- 8 ounces baby mushrooms 200 grams
- 1/3 cup flour 45 grams
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk 60 grams
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 60 grams
- 1 teaspoon dry rub
- Clean the mushrooms and remove any long stems.
- Make 3 dipping stations: a plate for flour and salt, a bowl for the egg and milk (whisked together), and a bowl for the breadcrumbs and dry rub.
- First coat the mushrooms in the flour. Then dip them in the egg mixture, shaking off any excess. Then roll them in the breadcrumbs. Complete the breading process for all the mushrooms.
- Place the mushrooms on a tray. Spray evenly with oil.
- Set the mushrooms in the air fryer basket, spaced out a bit. Air Fry at 400 degrees F (200C) for10-12 minutes, depending on your preferred level of crispiness, carefully shaking the basket at the halfway point.
- Use finely ground breadcrumbs for a more even coating.
- There’s no need to spray store-bought breaded mushrooms before putting them in the air fryer.
- Mushrooms can be cooked from frozen. They will need an extra 2 minutes to cook through.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.