How to Cut Mushrooms

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This quick and easy guide will walk you through how to cut mushrooms into slices, quarters, plus sharing my favorite recipes using mushrooms!

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Learn how to cut mushrooms into slices and quarters with this super easy knife guide. I’ll share the best way to clean mushrooms, different cuts, a collection of tasty recipes, and how to store them before and after cooking. With this quick guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to prepare mushrooms for cooking.

Cutting a mushroom into quarters.
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WHY learn to Cut Mushrooms

  • Make all the recipes. You can use these different ways to prepare mushrooms to cook any recipe you need. Sliced for soups, sautees, and salads, or quarters for hearty stews or as a side dish.
  • Even cuts for even cooking. When you prep vegetables for recipes you’ll find that symmetry in cuts is important for even cooking.
  • Add depth to recipes. Mushrooms are versatile and add a depth of flavor to recipes. Whether they are served on their own or mixed into recipes, you’ll enjoy some fantastic earthy flavor.
  • Improve your knife skills. Easy vegetables like mushrooms are great for beginners to start on. They’re soft and manageable, making it comfortable to practice perfecting your knife skills, making preparing for recipes that much easier.

HOW TO Cut Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of the easier vegetables to prepare and a good beginner knife skill. Once you’re comfortable handling smaller veggies and a knife, you’ll be quicker to prep and assemble your recipes with ease.

How to Clean Button Mushrooms

Use a damp paper towel to gently wipe the debris off the mushrooms before cutting. Mushrooms are like sponges and will soak up liquid quickly, so using a paper towel to clean them is the best method, unlike running them under water which will absorb too much moisture.

Cleaning a whole mushroom with damp paper towel.

How to Slice Mushrooms

  1. Place the mushroom on its side on a cutting board and hold it in place.
  2. With a sharp knife, slice off the stem.
  3. Place the mushroom cut side down and begin to slice through in even slices.
  4. Continue slicing to the end.
4 image collage with steps on slicing mushroom by placing mushroom on its side, cutting of stem, turning cut side on cutting board, and then slicing thinly.

How to dice mushrooms: Once you’ve sliced the mushrooms, slice them lengthwise into strips and then crosswise for diced mushrooms.

How to Cut White Mushrooms into Quarters

  1. Place the mushroom on its side on a cutting board and hold it in place.
  2. With a sharp knife, slice off the stem.
  3. With the mushroom cut side down, cut it in half.
  4. Turn and cut in half again for quartered pieces.
4 image collage with steps to cut into quarters.

TIPS FOR Cutting Whole Mushrooms

  1. Save the stems. I always recommend saving the scraps from vegetables to make vegetable stock. If you’re not quite ready to make stock and are collecting enough scraps, place them in a freezer bag and freeze them until ready to use.
  2. Use an egg slicer. Want a quick way to slice your mushrooms? Try an egg slicer! Press down firmly and quickly to ensure it slices through and doesn’t smush them. This works best for button mushrooms.
  3. Review the recipe. Each recipe will require a particular cut of mushrooms, such as a heartier quartered cut or a more common sliced mushroom.
  4. Choose the best knife for you. You have options when deciding what knife is best for you to use. A chef’s knife or pairing knife works best for cutting mushrooms.
  5. Use proper hand posture. Slightly curl your fingertips back where the knuckles rest on the mushroom before slicing. Doing so will keep your fingers safe from the blade and give you a firm grip on what you’re cutting.
  6. Use a food processor. If a recipe calls for finely chopped mushrooms, simply quarter or rough chop them before placing them in a food processor and then pulse a few times to get small pieces of mushrooms.

recipes to make with Mushrooms

2 small bowls with different cuts of mushrooms: sliced and quartered.

HOW TO STORE Cut Mushrooms

For storing uncooked cut mushrooms, you’ll want to keep them in a porous container with a paper towel to help absorb extra moisture or in a paper bag. Storing mushrooms where air can still enter is best versus storing in a sealed container.

You can store cooked mushrooms in an airtight container in the fridge like other cooked foods.


You can store cut mushrooms in the fridge for 4-6 days. Once they begin to look and feel slimy, discolored, or soft, they are no longer fresh and should be tossed.

CAN I FREEZE Cut Mushrooms?

No. Because mushrooms have a high water content, freezing them will result in a mushy shroom. You’ll have a loss of flavor and texture. If you want to freeze mushrooms, it’s best to blanch or sautee them first.


Do you have to peel mushrooms before using?

No, peeling isn’t necessary. Just wipe with a paper towel

What happens if you wash mushrooms?

Because mushrooms are porous and absorb moisture easily you will end up with a waterlogged mushroom. Once it is in this state you’ll find it difficult to crisp them and can become rubbery.

Can you eat the mushroom stem?

While the stems are edible some tend to be very woody and tough. It’s best to remove them before cooking. But save them to add to vegetable stock! They’re also great to use in soups, stuffing, and as a filling for stuffed mushrooms.

Cutting board with 3 different types of cut mushrooms: quartered, sliced, and minced.

Mushroom lovers, get to chopping with the quick and easy guide on how to cut mushrooms. Your knife skills will improve, and you can make all the tasty recipes you desire when you’ve mastered the art of preparing vegetables!

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How to Cut Mushrooms

This quick and easy guide will walk you through how to cut mushrooms into slices, quarters, plus sharing my favorite recipes using mushrooms!
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Servings 2 cups
Course Tutorial
Calories 25
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Total Time 10 minutes
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  • 8 ounces Mushrooms cleaned and dried (Button style)


  • Use a paper towel to wipe the dirt off the mushrooms. It’s best not to run the mushrooms under water since they will soak up all the liquid and become soggy when cooked.
  • Cut off the stem, if desired to make the mushrooms more sturdy for cutting. You can mince the stems to use in a recipe.
  • Using a firm grip, lay the mushroom on its side.

For slices

  • Using a sharp knife, start from one end and slice until the mushroom has been cut.

For quarters

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the mushroom in half and cut each half in half.
  • Use as desired in a recipe.


Calories: 25kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 0.4g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 361mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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