Homemade Marinated Mushrooms + Marinade #5

These tasty homemade marinated mushrooms are totally delicious and so easy to make! Skip the jar and whip these up in home for a tasty side or appetizer!

Homemade Marinated Mushrooms
Homemade Marinated Mushrooms
Marinades #1-4 don’t actually exist yet, but because a friend recently got Mambo #5 stuck in my head all weekend long, naming this zesty marinade #5 seemed like a perfect fit.  Before I break into song and scare you all away… Let’s get our recipe on!

Marinade #5

  • 5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 Tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp sugar
  • 1/8 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp red pepper flakes [they add flavor, not fire]
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Herb or Italian Mrs. Dash if ya have it. I looove this stuff!

Have a lemon handy? Healthify the marinade even further by reducing the olive oil to 3 Tbsp and adding 2 Tbsp of lemon juice. I can’t decide which variation is my favorite…. but I think I’m leaning towards the lemon. Soooo yummy!

If you’re one of the lucky bloggers to have a green thumb and an herb garden, feel free to use more fresh. Just make sure you add more than you would dried. Extra yum.

Where are all my crazy carnivores at? Kick up your grilling routine by adding this marinade to chicken or shrimp

Speaking of mushrooms… the whole reason Marinade #5 was invented was to recreate the jarred mushrooms I grew up eating with my mom. I didn’t even like mushrooms back then but somehow I was absolutely in love with marinated mushrooms. Somewhere along the way I forgot they existed and decided what better way to get these zesty buttons of YUM back in my life than to make them at home?

Homemade Marinated Mushrooms

Homemade Marinated Mushrooms




Yield 4


  • 8-12 oz white button mushrooms
  • 5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 Tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp sugar
  • 1/8 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp red pepper flakes [they add flavor, not fire]
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Herb or Italian Mrs. Dash, optional but delicious!


  1. Cook the mushrooms slightly by heating them for 5 minutes in the microwave.
  2. Next, whip up Marinade #5 and whisk to emulsify.
  3. Pour over hot mushrooms and seal in a bag or covered bowl.
  4. Let your shrooms spend 24 hours marinating in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy cool or at room temperature - whichever floats your boat! It's going to take every ounce of self control you have not to devour them early, but trust me, they are 100% worth the wait. Serve plated with toothpicks because food is always more fun on a stick!

These are so so SO good!

Paul inhaled the first batch [the nerve!] so I had to run out for two more boxes of mushrooms to make enough for the two of us. P preferred the basic mushrooms but I’m a citrus girl and loved the addition of lemon juice to the second batch! There’s a third bowl in the fridge as we speak.

I’m so glad this healthy appetizer is back in my life!

They also taste amazing with a zesty Greek Marinade!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated

Wow, that sounds great!  Looking forward to marinades #2, 3, and 4! 😉

Corey @ Learning Patience

Yum is right – i heart mushrooms too — 🙂


looks scrumptious! My hubs would have done the same….inhaled it!

Courtney B

II wish I like mushrooms… YUCK! But this marinade sounds amazing! One question though.. Eric can’t eat peppers. Is there anything else I could sub and have it taste just as good??

liz @ iheartvegetables

YUM this sounds muy delicioso! This would totally rock on some veggies! I want someeeeee!


This sounds amazing. Gotta try it!!


Looks delicious!  And so simple!  I can’t wait to try it one night soon!

Emily @ Write Twenty Eleven

I’m impressed- my guy will barely even touch mushrooms!

the real mean girl

yummy! this sounds great. now all i need is for the temperature to go down about 30 degrees so I can cook and not sweat like Mario Batali! haha 😉

Erica Jordan

DELICIOUS sounding!!! I wish I liked mushrooms so i could make it look like this, but unfortunately i’d have to make it with shrimp or something or other veggies! NOM NOM NOM!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

And now I will go to bed with mambo #5 in my head! A little bit of Monica in my life….


EVERYTHING about your food makes me want to learn to cook! 


Yummmmm! A good marinade can make a meal! Glad the man liked it too

Alaina Rose Bremer

Oooh YUM! Those look so lovely and delicious 🙂

Brittany @ Ittybitsofbalance

Thanks a lot! I’m always looking for new marinade recipes

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

those are some good lookin’ skewers 🙂


This looks so good! Always looking for a good marinade.



Kristina @ spabettie

hey girl, first of all, LOOKS FABULOUS! 😉 seriously – lookin’ good. and they sound amazing – I used to run out to get jars of the marinated veggies and bring them back to work – one of my employees and I would inhale them all within an hour!  great call on the lemon juice – I’d like that version too!

have a great start to the week, mamacita. XXO ‘pessa

Leanne @ healthful pursuit

Marinades are amazing, but I rarely ever use them! Thanks for the great ideas!

Lauren@What Lauren Likes

yumyum!! I love mushrooms! what a great app girl 🙂


I’ve actually never grilled mushrooms before- but I would love to try them (some big meaty mushrooms) with this marinade! Hope you get a new song in your head soon hehe!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

not grilled silly goose!


ohhh i love marinades!!! thanks for sharing jenn!

jillian dieter

mmmm that sounds so good. perfect for grilling! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams


Damn girl! That middle picture is GORGEOUS! I love the depth! You are surely rocking that new DSLR! I’m gonna have to start asking you for tips! 😉

PS, how did you know that I’ve been craving mushrooms like mad crazy lately?! And I’m with you on the citrus…mmmm!


I generally won’t eat mushrooms either, so clearly I’ll have to give them a shot this way!

Also, I now have Mambo #5 stuck in my head.  Thank you for that.


Yummy I love mushrooms! 😀 I had a shroom kabob last night at the lake for dindin.


Nicole [SFM]

Mmmm can’t wait to try this tonight! 🙂

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

This totally just made my day =)

Erin Shipe

Yum! I love good marinades, but for some reason am often stuck when I look in the fridge and am trying to decide what to use. Now I have two of yours to keep on hand;).

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

I think you’re the first person to even say they like marinated veggies!
Thank goodness! I think you’d love the lemon version — they are sooooo
delish! a lot lighter than the jarred ones and the mushrooms have a little
bite to em! Thanks love!!!!

oh oooh ohh! I took the camera off auto! the foodie websites are snarking at
my photos again now but i’m leaning! I have to learn how to balance white
balance. any tips? Should I ditch the white board? it looks a little
grey-ish to me even with perfecto sunlight. i’ll talk your ear off and let
you know what settings I changed later… tummy says its dinner time now!
lol <3 mwah!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thank you!!! Its really easy! Promise =)

jessica {creative index}

yum! i always LOVE a good marinade!! can’t wait to try!! 🙂


I’m always looking for good marinades and uses for my fresh herbs! I’ll sing “A little bit if Jennifer in my life” when I make it. 😉