This healthy version of steak house-worthy slow cooker mushrooms with garlic and herbs are a must-try for any mushroom lover.
I first tried sautéed garlic and herb mushrooms at a steak restaurant. It came as a side dish, but after my first bite, I couldn’t help but order a second (for the table, of course).
These mushrooms were so full of flavor that I had to beg for the kitchen’s secret. This “secret” turned out to be exactly what I was afraid of: heaps of butter.
Thankfully, I’ve learned there are ways to coax the same amount of flavor into your own mushrooms at home. And no, you won’t need pounds of butter.
In fact, if you want to avoid butter altogether, you can substitute the small amount used in this recipe with an all-natural butter substitute or opt for olive oil instead.
The slow cooker does almost all the work here. Simply add your mushrooms of choice, herbs, and broth, and cook until tender.
You’ll need a pound of mushrooms, so choose your favorite (or use different varieties). While cooking, the mushrooms will absorb flavors from the garlic, thyme, and bay leaves.
And because the slow cooker is, well, slower, it gives the herbs more time to infuse into the mushrooms. Near the end, almond milk and a smidgen of butter get added for extra creaminess and flavor. The results are absolutely divine.
Serve these slow cooker mushrooms as a side dish with any lean protein, spoon on top of pasta or zucchini noodles, or try them with scrambled eggs for a memorable breakfast.
They also make an excellent appetizer — just break out the toothpicks and serve!
Slow Cooker Garlic and Herb Mushrooms
These slow cooker mushrooms are a great appetizer or snack!
- 1 lb. whole mushrooms brown, button, or cremini stems trimmed
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ cup low-sodium organic vegetable broth
- Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley for garnish; optional
Place mushrooms, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf in a 3-quart slow cooker.
Add broth. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Mix well; cover. Cook on high for 1 to 1½ hours (or on low for 3 to 3½ hours), or until tender.
Add almond milk and butter; cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Garnish with parsley if desired; serve immediately.
- The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
- You can substitute other woody herbs like rosemary, oregano, or lavender for the thyme. Woody herbs are better in the slow cooker than soft herbs and stand up to long cooking times.