Fat Ronnie’s Deep Fried Mushrooms

Fat Ronnie’s Deep Fried Mushrooms are some of the best fried mushrooms you will ever eat. Crispy and crunchy on the outside, and tender on the inside.

deep fried fresh mushrooms in a paper bag


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If you have never tried deep frying fresh mushrooms it is easier than you might imagine. In just minutes you can have deliciously fried mushrooms to enjoy.

Fried mushrooms are perfect for parties, watching the game, or as a side when you are frying fish.

The secret to this crispy batter is the combination of baking powder in the flour and the use of buttermilk. The baking powder and the buttermilk give the batter a good crispness and make the perfect combination for frying.

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Baking Powder
  • Buttermilk
  • Mushrooms
  • Vegetable oil for frying
white button mushrooms, flour, buttermilk, and seasonings

What types of mushrooms can you fry?

You can fry just about any fresh mushroom. For this recipe, we will use fresh button mushrooms. You could use cremini, also known as baby portobello mushrooms. I like to get mushrooms at Costco, they are a good value there.

Snap off the stems, and brush off the mushrooms with a moist paper towel to clean the mushrooms. Don’t rinse off the mushrooms or use your sprayer on them. Mushrooms are delicate and you may damage them.

How to Make Fried Mushrooms

This recipe uses a dry-wet-dry method for breading the mushrooms before frying.

  1. Preheat vegetable oil to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder in a bowl.
    preparing seasoned flour
  3. Place buttermilk into a separate bowl.
  4. Dip mushrooms into the seasoned flour, shake off excess flour.
    fresh mushrooms being dusted with seasoned flour
  5. Place floured mushrooms into the buttermilk.
  6. Coat the mushrooms with buttermilk, shake off excess buttermilk.
  7. Place mushrooms back into the seasoned flour. Shake off excess buttermilk.
    mushrooms coated in batter
  8. Fry mushrooms for 1 to 2 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  9. Drain mushrooms on a wire rack over a baking sheet.
    draining fresh fried mushrooms on a wire rack

Tips for Deep Frying Mushrooms

Frying fresh mushrooms takes just a few moments. I love my T-Fal deep fryer. If you do not have a deep fryer, you can fill a large heavy-bottomed pot with vegetable oil. The oil will need to be about 4 inches deep.

Only fry a few mushrooms at a time and gently stir the mushrooms from time to time as they cook. You do not want to crowd the fryer.

Fried mushrooms are done when they are golden in color.

Don’t let the crust get soggy!

Instead of draining fresh mushrooms on paper towels, I lay them on a wire rack placed in a baking sheet. The excess grease will drain, but the food won’t steam like it can on a paper towel.

If you liked this recipe, you will love Fat Ronnie’s Fried Onion Rings!

About Fat Ronnie’s

Fat Ronnie’s was located in Topeka, Kansas in the 1970s. Fat Ronnie’s was known for its delicious food. He was the first person to offer deep-fried mushrooms in Kansas. This restaurant was a favorite of my family when we lived in the area.

Ronnie served his deep-fried goodness in paper bags. The bags were always full and everything they served was delicious. Fat Ronnie’s was the brainchild of Ronald Williams. Sadly, he isn’t around anymore but you can still make food just as good as his!

cooked mushrooms in a paper bag

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Fat Ronnie’s Deep Fried Fresh Mushrooms

You have never had a better-fried mushroom.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Mushrooms
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 264kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 8 ounces Fresh Mushrooms (washed, dried, and stems removed)
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Preheat vegetable oil to 375 degrees.
  • Mix flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Place buttermilk into a bowl.

Battering mushrooms

  • Dip into the seasoned flour, shake off excess flour. Place floured mushrooms into the buttermilk.
  • Coat the mushrooms with buttermilk, shake off excess buttermilk.
  • Place mushrooms back into the seasoned flour. Shake off excess buttermilk.
  • Cook mushrooms for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the turn golden brown. Be sure to stir the mushrooms, and flip them over to both sides cook.
  • Drain mushrooms on a wire rack resting in a bar pan.

Notes

If the buttermilk becomes too thick, it is ok to add a few tablespoons of water to the buttermilk.   

Equipment

Deep fryer
Wire rack
Baking sheet

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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