This Air Fryer Mushrooms recipe riffs off of battered deep-fried mushrooms in the best way. Less grease, less mess, but just as much flavor!

Baking sheet covered with parchment paper and breaded mushrooms with a bowl of ranch.

A Fantastic Alternative to a Pub Snack Fave

I’ve always loved battered deep-fried mushrooms. Unfortunately I don’t love deep-frying at home, and since my prized air fryer has come into my life, I’m thrilled to say I never need to! Since a batter won’t hold in an air fryer, I decided to give breaded mushrooms a whirl. They’re definitely different, but they’re delicious and make for a great snack. You still get that crunchy shell over a juicy mushroom and honestly, you can’t stop picking at them. Especially with a side of buttermilk ranch for dippin’.

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make These Air Fryer Mushrooms

  • White button mushrooms. I’m usually a cremini mushroom kind of gal, but when it comes to this snack, I prefer white button mushrooms. You could definitely use cremini if you prefer, however.
  • Panko bread crumbs. These are my go-to when it comes to breading anything. They offer up a much better crunch than regular Italian bread crumbs but tend to stick much better than chunkier options like broken up corn flakes, etc.
  • Flour and eggs. Two key ingredients when it comes to breading!
  • Sea salt. You absolutely want to add sea salt to the bread crumbs to make the flavor pop.
  • Extra seasoning. I like to blend a little garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and Italian seasoning into my bread crumbs for a little extra oumph, but if you prefer a more plain breaded mushroom, you can just leave it to sea salt! Both options are fantastic.
  • Buttermilk ranch. This is a personal thing, but I can’t imagine breaded mushrooms without a small bowl of buttermilk ranch to dip them in. I personally love using this recipe here.

Raw button mushrooms on cutting board with bowl of panko bread crumbs and bowl of spice mix.

How to Cook Mushrooms in the Air Fryer

All these Breaded Air Fryer Mushrooms need is 7 minutes in the air fryer at a temperature of 360º F.

Here’s How to Make Breaded Air Fryer Mushrooms:

  1. Wash the mushrooms by wiping them with a damp cloth or lightly scrub it with a vegetable scrubber. You can keep bite-sized mushrooms in tact, but cut the larger mushrooms in half or into quarters, depending on their size. You want to try to keep them as close in size as possible; Set them aside.
  2. Prepare an assembly line with three shallow bowls: flour, lightly beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs. Season the bread crumbs to your preference, either with the seasoning I’ve included in the recipe card below or just with sea salt.
  3. Give the bottom of the air fryer basket a quick misting of cooking spray.
  4. One by one, dredge the mushroom pieces into the flour, followed by the egg, and finally, the bread crumbs. Place the breaded mushroom into the air fryer basket. Repeat until either the air fryer basket is full or you’re out of mushrooms. (Don’t pile the mushrooms on top of one another. Ensure that the mushrooms have at least a little space in between one another for an even cook. You may have to do this in batches.)
  5. Cook the mushrooms for 7 minutes at 360º F.
  6. When done, carefully transfer them to a serving plate. Cook another batch of mushrooms if you have more to cook.
  7. Serve hot with a dipping sauce, like a nice buttermilk ranch.

Breaded mushrooms in air fryer basket.

Hand holding up breaded mushroom that's been dipped in ranch dressing.

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Why You’ll Love These Air Fryer Mushrooms:

  1. They’re similar to battered deep-fried mushrooms, but without the grease and the mess!
  2. It’s a perfect entertaining or movie night snack.
  3. Very little ingredients are required.

Baking sheet full of breaded fried mushrooms with a small bowl of ranch dip.

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Baking sheet full of breaded fried mushrooms with a small bowl of ranch dip.

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Breaded Air Fryer Mushrooms

This Air Fryer Mushrooms recipe riffs off of battered deep-fried mushrooms in the best way. Less grease, less mess, but just as much flavor!
5 from 10 votes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz white button mushrooms
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, extra if needed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

Optional Extra Seasoning for Breadcrumbs:

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Carefully clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a damp cloth or giving them a gentle scrub it with a vegetable scrubber.
  • Mushrooms that are already bite-sized can be left alone. Larger mushrooms should be sliced into halves or quarters, depending on size. You want all of the mushrooms to be close to the same size.
  • Make yourself an assembly line with a shallow bowl of flour, one with lightly beaten eggs, and a bowl of breadcrumbs. Season the bread crumbs to your preference, either with the seasoning I've included here or with sea salt and pepper.
  • Lightly mist the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • One by one, dredge each mushroom in flour, then egg (let any axcess egg drip off), and bread crumbs. Carefully place each breaded mushroom into the air fryer basket and repeat until the air fryer basket is full or you're out of mushrooms. Tip: Be sure not to pile the mushrooms on top of one another. The mushrooms should have a little space between one another. You might have to cook them in batches.
  • Air fry the mushrooms for 7 minutes at 360º F. When they're done, transfer them to a serving plate. (Careful, they're hot!) Repeat until allof your mushrooms are cooked and serve hot with a dipping sauce, like buttermilk ranch!