Best Ways to Stop Mushrooms From Releasing Water While Cooking

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Mushrooms are one of the most popular plant-based meat substitutes thanks to their incredible versatility, but they come with one major flaw. They tend to release a lot of liquids during the cooking process, but there are three steps you can take to avoid this issue.

Skip Washing

To wash or not to wash—this is an ongoing debate that even the most passionate mushroom lovers don’t have an answer for. If you’re one of those people who swears by washing mushrooms, keep in mind they’ll absorb water in a blink of an eye. That’s why a gentle scrub is sometimes all it takes to clean them up.

Enough Room

You should never overcrowd your pan with mushrooms because the water that’s been released will be an even bigger problem this way. If the mushrooms don’t have enough room in the pan, they’ll start steaming in extra liquids, and that’s why it’s better to cook them in smaller batches.

Right Heat

Your mushrooms will also simmer in released liquids if you cook them in low heat. Start things off with high or medium heat, and only turn it down once the water gets enough time to evaporate.