I really didn’t like mushrooms growing up. I tried them once when I was in grade school and thought they were disgusting, so I didn’t give them another shot until college. When I tried them again, I was like “oh, these aren’t bad, what have I been doing avoiding them all these years?”. I started buying them for salad use frequently after that.
But, even though mushrooms are a regular part of my diet these days, I haven’t used them in many recipes on here. Until now. And back in September, too.
I love fried foods, but don’t eat them often because of how unhealthy they can be. Another big reason I don’t eat many fried foods is that they almost always contain gluten at restaurants, which is both a good thing and a bad thing for me: I can’t eat gluten, so I automatically avoid most fried foods which improves my health, but I also can’t have a quick fried fix when I really want to indulge occasionally.
To make these gluten free fried mushrooms, I adapted this recipe from Food.com. They turned out really good; I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they ended up being. Give them a try next time you are in the mood for a fried snack or are having people over to watch some football/basketball/whatever games!
- 10 oz. fresh white mushrooms, wiped clean
- 1 cup gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cups gluten-free breadcrumbs (I used GF Panko breadcrumbs)
- Vegetable or canola oil
- Mix gluten-free flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Add water and stir to make a batter.
- Dip mushroom into batter; let excess batter drip off.
- Pour gluten-free breadcrumbs and garlic powder into a medium bowl.
- Dip battered mushroom into breadcrumb mixture, covering it thoroughly.
- In a saucepan on the stove (medium-ish heat), heat oil and drop mushroom in. Be careful, because the oil is very hot.
- Continue covering mushrooms in batter/breadcrumbs and dropping them in the oil. Rotate the mushrooms every 20-30 seconds in the oil using tongs. They should only need 90-120 seconds each in the oil to get a golden brown.
- Remove from oil using tongs and place mushrooms on a plate covered with paper towels to soak up excess oil.
- Let cool slightly.
- Serve and enjoy! Cocktail sauce or (gf) BBQ sauce are good options to dip in.