Mushroom Substitutes – How To Find Awesome One Within 5 Minutes

Date back to the very early ages, many edible mushrooms have been discovered and widely used for food. From that day forth, this fleshy fungus has conquered more and more people in terms of the special taste and rich nutrition.

However, the sad reality is that we don’t always have mushrooms for all of our meals, especially when some kinds of them are really pricey. It’s time for you to look for great mushroom substitutes. We have made an effort to come up with the useful list below to salvage the dilemmas. Let’s get started!

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Because of the variety of mushroom uses in the kitchen, we cannot figure out the only substitute for every recipe or, vice versa, not every dish can use the same ingredient to make a substitution for mushroom. The clues below are only able to be used in some limited cases in which they can be the most suitable substitutes for mushrooms.

Mushroom Substitutes

Zucchini​

Zucchini is a kind of vegetable which belongs to the big family of squashes. For that reason, it’s also called summer squash. When mature, zucchini can reach the average length of nearly one meter. However, this kind of squash is generally harvested when it is young and tinyin size. That’s because only during this time, it can deliver the soft flesh along with comfortably sweet flavor.

Zucchini is widely used in cooking savory dishes or for bucking up other dishes. It can be a great substitute for mushrooms in pasta. For this use, you have to chop or slice it into small pieces.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Tomatoes often come in fresh vegetables in common recipes than sun-dried slices. However, you might not know that sun-dried tomatoes are in favor with many chefs because of their own special features. After they are cut into thin slices or steeped in olive oil, they’re added with many seasoning ingredients (such as parley, dry herbs, etc.) before dried to make the taste special.

For the use of substitutes for mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes can act as toppings in many dishes. Another way to take advantage of tomatoes is to use whole ones. Then, depending on the certain requirements of the recipe, they can be sliced or diced.

Eggplant

Eggplant is very popular in the kitchen. They are egg-shaped vegetables whose peel is purple and very thin. Therefore, eggplants can be very delicate and easy to get bruises. You’d better be very careful when choosing eggplants – remember to watch out for bruised or rotten ones.

Eggplant’s flesh is very soft and delicately sweetin taste, which makes it a very potential candidate whenever you need something to replace mushrooms in your recipes. If being used for this purpose, eggplants should be peeled and then cut into pieces of a reasonable length resembling the things they are replacing. A small tip for you is that eggplants will quickly get black when they have been peeled, so you’d better steep them in water as soon as peeling them for a while if you don’t like this to happen.

Another note is that eggplants can become extremely soggy if being overcooked, so you should not forget to mind out for this.

Garbanzo Beans

This kind of bean may sound strange to people in some regions in the world. Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, have two varieties. While the round, cream-colored and bigger ones often come in canned in chickpea tins or salad bars, the other is smaller and darker. Both types can be used in a variety of recipes and purposes. However, in terms of the nutrition, the smaller beans may have a slight superiority over the bigger ones.

When you use this kind of beans to replace mushroom, you have to know how to cook them first. There are some fundamental steps: Firstly, rinse them carefully, examine to remove spoiled ones. 

  • ​Firstly, rinse them carefully, examine to remove spoiled ones.
  • Secondly, give them another rinse in a large pot and pan with water (three times per cup of beans). You have to boil the washed beans for about 2 or 3 minutes, then turn off the heat but still cover and let them sit in hot water for about 4 hours.
  • Finally, you can use soft and safe beans for making a substitution.

Russett Potatoes

Potatoes have many varieties in its family. One of them is Russet potatoes which can be described as quite long and large potatoes with a thick and rough peel. This kind of potatoes contains a relatively large amount of starch, and thus their flesh has a fair color and very dry. Russet potatoes have an outstanding ability to absorb liquid or other enrichments, so they are trendy in the use of making delicious mashed potatoes.

Thanks to the high proportion of starch, Russet potatoes are mainly used for baking or frying. However, they are not suitable ingredients for dishes calling for boiling such as soups or salads. Otherwise, they will get soggy quickly.

On that basis, you can easily figure out which cases need Russet potatoes to replace mushrooms. You should use this substitute in baked or fried dishes but watery ones. Russet potatoes should be treated as normal potatoes in preparing phases – clean the skin, peel carefully especially in digging out the potato eyes, then cut them into pieces of a suitable shape and size to the recipes.

Tofu

Tofu is the food made from soybeans; namely, condensed soy milk will be pressed into solid, white brick-shaped pieces which are named tofu. Tofu first appeared in China and quickly spread over the whole continent. Nowadays, this kind of soy food has expanded its territory to the West and the rest of the world as well. It is becoming more and more popular over time.

The feature in Tofu that has boosted its popularity is the rich nutrition and the comfortably soft feeling. This food is essential in the diet of vegetarians who need a lot of amount of protein replacing kinds of meat or fish. Like any other food made from soy, Tofu is highly recommended using by women because it can provide a lot of estrogens.

Moreover, tofu can be used for a plenty of dishes, from soup to fried dishes. Therefore, when it comes to playing as a mushroom substitute, this ingredient is quite flexible in use. It often comes in large, white blocks, so for convenience, you can use a knife or a cheese cutter to shape them as you wish.

Conclusion

If we do cooking enough justice, we will realize that even simple dishes in your household kitchen need reasonable attention. The same thing actually happens in the case when you need some pieces of mushroom for your recipes, and it turns out there is none of them left in your kitchen! This dilemma will be nothing if you can turn your creativity into good accounts to find some substitutes.

However, if you are too novice in cooking or simply because you are not confident enough to change anything in your recipes due to the nasty feeling that you will ruin everything, this list of mushroom substitutes brings into play to offer you and your family delicious meals.

Thank you for reading! Bye !

Kevin Richard
 

Hi all! I’m Richard. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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