FoodWinter blues? Uplift your mood with this sweet-and-sour glazed mushroom recipe

Winter blues? Uplift your mood with this sweet-and-sour glazed mushroom recipe

Mushrooms in a light glaze.
Mushrooms in a light glaze.
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6:44 PM EST, January 9, 2024

During the winter, we may find ourselves feeling tired, discouraged, and irritated, taking little pleasure in usual activities. This challenging time can become a bit more positive by turning to something we love, like cooking a good meal. Preparing dishes that remind us of warmer seasons could be uplifting. Even though seasonal products may be scarce, one ingredient that tastes good all year round is within reach.

This ingredient is mushrooms. They can be prepared in numerous ways. Here's a recipe for sautéed mushrooms in a sweet and sour glaze. It's a perfect accompaniment to meat or casserole, and you can whip them up in no time.

Mushrooms, a versatile ingredient

Mushrooms can be prepared in a multitude of ways. Their soft, meaty texture makes them suitable for frying, boiling, and marinating. They absorb sauce like a sponge. Sautéed mushrooms are a common yet delectable side dish usually served with a piece of meat, and the preparation is effortless.

Feeling like experimenting a bit in the kitchen? Try making fried mushrooms in a sweet and sour glaze. They pair well with meat (red and white), rice, potatoes, or pasta. They can also be served as a standalone snack, e.g., at a party. Here's how to make them.

Recipe for sweet and sour glazed mushrooms


  • About 1.32 lbs of small mushrooms (regular ones will do as well),
  • 5 tablespoons of good-quality balsamic vinegar,
  • canola oil,
  • a tablespoon of honey,
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried chili or a thin slice of fresh chili,
  • salt,
  • optional: cream, parsley, cilantro, chopped nuts.


  1. Heat 5-6 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Meanwhile, wash and dry the mushrooms. Once the oil is hot, add the mushrooms. Fry them for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until the mushrooms have slightly browned.
  2. As the mushrooms cook, prepare the sauce in a small bowl. Mix the honey, balsamic vinegar, and chili together.
  3. Reduce the heat and pour in the prepared sauce. Ensure the mushrooms are well coated in the sauce. Continue to fry for two more minutes, until the sauce has been completely absorbed.
  4. Serve the mushrooms warm. For presentation, consider garnishing them with parsley or crushed peanuts.
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