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Here are the most popular types of mushrooms and how to use them! These different types of edible mushrooms are each uniquely delicious.

Types of mushrooms
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Move over, button mushrooms: there are so many types of mushrooms to enjoy! Button and portobello mushrooms might be the most popular, but there’s a whole world of fungi to discover. These days, more varieties than ever are becoming available at grocery stores in the US, not to mention farmer’s markets! Mushrooms are low in calories and fat, high in vitamins, and best of all: over the top delicious when cooked correctly.

Here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve become mushroom experts: experimenting with each one to find its best qualities. Here are all the most popular types of mushrooms we’ve found at our local grocery stores! There’s a bit about the mushroom, what it tastes like, and the best ways to use it. Whatever recipe you choose: you won’t be disappointed.

And now…types of mushrooms & how to use them!

Mushroom storage and how to clean

Once you bring home your mushrooms, what’s the best way to store them? And should you wash them before using them? Here’s our two cents:

  • Store mushrooms in a paper bag in the main portion of the refrigerator (not the produce drawer). The paper bag lets the breathe and helps them stay fresh longer. Mushrooms do best in the main part of the refrigerator where there’s the most airflow.
  • Give them a quick rinse before using. Despite conventional wisdom, you can wash your mushrooms! Just make sure not to soak them. Give them a rinse to clean off any dirt. Go to How to Clean Mushrooms…the Right Way.

More mushroom recipes

Want more ideas on how to use mushrooms? We’ve got lots of great mushroom recipes:

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Sauteed mushrooms

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Attention, mushroom lovers: here’s THE perfect sauteed mushrooms recipe! It brings out the best savory flavor with lemon and fresh herbs.

*Want recipes for other types of mushrooms like lion’s mane, enoki, maitake, shiitake, oyster and more? See the list above! 


  • 16 ounces baby bella (aka cremini) mushrooms or button mushrooms
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh thyme and oregano
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Clean the mushrooms, then slice them. Chop the fresh thyme and oregano.
  2. In a saute pan or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often (the mushrooms will start to release their liquid at this point).
  3. Add the herbs and kosher salt and pepper and cook another 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is cooked out and the mushrooms are tender. (Taste to assess doneness.)
  4. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice and stir. Taste and add another pinch salt as necessary.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: Mushrooms
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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