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How to Cook With Canned Mushrooms

author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
How to Cook With Canned Mushrooms
Canned mushrooms can replace fresh ones in most recipes. Photo Credit: PicturePartners/iStock/Getty Images

Canned foods are a convenient and inexpensive way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet, and their rich texture makes them a good meat substitute in vegetarian recipes. Using canned mushrooms can add a small amount of fiber and other nutrients -- including iron, magnesium and B-complex vitamins -- to your favorite recipes. If your recipe calls for a pound of mushrooms and you would prefer to used the canned version, substitute one 6-oz. can for a similar amount. The options for adding canned mushrooms to your cooking are only limited by your imagination. Pick up a can or two next time you head to the supermarket, and get creative.

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Step 1

Open your can of mushrooms using a can opener.

Step 2

Dump the contents of the can into a small colander. Rinse with cool water.

Step 3

Drain the mushrooms for two to three minutes, or until all of the juice and water has run off.

Step 4

Chop the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces, if necessary.

Step 5

Add the drained mushrooms to your recipes. Include some in your favorite pasta sauce, soup, stew or casserole recipe. Spoon some canned mushrooms onto a grilled cheese sandwich or meatball hoagie. Spread some on top of a hamburger or add to a grilled hot dog. Add some canned mushrooms to grilled meats or roasted chicken or shake some on a tossed green salad.

Step 6

Saute the mushrooms in a small amount of olive oil for two to three minutes as an alternate way to cook with canned mushrooms. Serve them as a nutritious side dish sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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