Spanish Garlic Mushrooms 

(Champiñones Al Ajillo)  

A plate of Spanish garlic mushrooms on some fried bread

Spanish garlic mushrooms (Champiñones al Ajillo) is a classic tapas recipe that you’ll find served all over Spain. Spanish garlic Mushrooms are delightfully simple to make at home and require only a large pan and some good quality fresh ingredients: garlic, mushrooms, olive oil, paprika, parsley, and seasoning. The smoked paprika really elevates the flavors to the next level. 

Garlic mushrooms are best when served piled onto some lightly toasted or fried bread that has soaked up the delicious paprika-infused oil. This vegan-friendly recipe makes a great tapas or tasty breakfast treat and serves 4 with minimal fuss in under 15 minutes.

Vegan & Vegetarian recipe | One-Pot Recipe | Easy to Make | Made in 15 minutes | Mushroom Recipe | Tapas Recipe | Breakfast Recipe

Serving:

2-3 servings

Ready in:

15 Minutes

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Lemon wedges

ingredients for making Spanish garlic mushrooms are laid out on a table

Ingredients you’ll need 

  • 17oz. (500g) button mushrooms
  • 6 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of parsley roughly chopped
  • Lemon zest (optional)
  • Salt and cracked black pepper (seasoning)
  • ½  fresh baguette, sliced lengthways

Equipment needed

  • 1 large frying pan or skillet 10-12 inches (25-30cm)
  • 1 medium-sized pot (for boiling the mushrooms)

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Why you’ll love this recipe?

  • Easy to make
  • Made in 15 minutes
  • Great for tapas and sharing
  • Healthy breakfast option
  • Comfort food

Best mushrooms to use? 

Button (White) Mushrooms or portobello mushrooms. 

We use button mushrooms as they are readily available here and taste great. Portobello mushrooms are larger in size, more mature, and more open. Pick whichever you prefer, or even another type of mushroom. 

Oyster mushrooms also work really well and have a more ‘meaty’ texture that goes really well with smoked paprika. 

Why use smoked paprika? 

Smoked paprika is an amazing flavor enhancer and with this garlic mushrooms recipe, just a level teaspoon of smoked paprika really adds layers of flavor and color. We add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, which also gives a little spice to the dish. You could also use sweet paprika for a less spiced flavor. Find out the differences between Spanish paprikas

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It goes almost without saying that for recipes with so few ingredients, you should always aim to use the best quality ingredients you can find. 

We use extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) extensively in cooking and this recipe is a great example of why you should use the best quality EVOO you can. Oh, and it’s super healthy too! 

Check out this handy Extra virgin olive oil guide for cooking tips, nutrition information, and tasting notes.

How to make Spanish Garlic Mushrooms

  • Bring 1 liter of fresh water to the boil
  • Meanwhile, quarter the mushrooms and drop them into the boiling water for 2 minutes. Strain and allow mushrooms to dry (1 minute). 
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  • Add the sliced garlic and stir in with mushrooms. Cook for another minute or two before adding the smoked paprika. 
  • Move mushrooms to one side of the pan and add bread, cut side down. 
  • Allow bread to fry for 1 minute pressing down on each slice slightly to absorb the leftover juices and oil. 
  • Remove mushrooms and ingredients from the heat. Allow to cool for 1 minute before adding some chopped parsley.
  • Add the zest from ½ lemon and stir through. 
  • To serve, pile garlic mushrooms onto lightly fried bread and season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. 
  • Drizzle with a little olive oil and serve while hot.
A plate of Spanish garlic mushrooms on some fried bread

Should you boil mushrooms before frying?

Believe it or not, most mushrooms are best boiled rather than fried. We opt to boil them for around 2 minutes, then dry them. Finally, we fry the mushrooms with all of the garlic, olive oil, and spices so they soak in all the flavor. 

So, why boil them at all? Mushrooms absorb a lot of water, so they can quickly become soggy when fried, especially when crowded in a pan. 

To avoid the dreaded soggy mushroom saga, boil them first with a pinch of salt. Once dried, they fry better and absorb way more flavor than non-boiled mushrooms!

Great breakfast recipe

Besides being quick to make and tasting delicious, Spanish garlic mushrooms are a very healthy way to start the day.

Garlic mushrooms for breakfast provide your body with plenty of essential vitamins and nutrients. Garlic has long been linked to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

Mushrooms are a great source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants whilst being low in calories.

Check out the nutrition facts below for more information.

Nutrition facts

 

Serving size: 150g

Servings: 4

Amount per serving

 

Calories

193

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14.4g

19%

Saturated Fat 2.1g

10%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 106mg

5%

Total Carbohydrate 13.3g

5%

Dietary Fiber 2.3g

8%

Total Sugars 0.5g

 

Protein 6g

 

Vitamin D 0mcg

0%

Calcium 35mg

3%

Iron 2mg

11%

Potassium 129mg

3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Quick and easy Vegan snack

Garlic mushrooms are the ideal vegan-friendly snack that can be whipped up in 15 minutes from start to finish. 

With just 8 easy-to-find ingredients, garlic mushrooms are cheap to make and a healthy snacking option. 

Spanish garlic mushrooms sit on a plate

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Spanish Garlic Mushrooms (Champiñones Al Ajillo)

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Champiñones al Ajillo is a classic Spanish tapas recipe that you’ll find served all over Spain. Spanish garlic Mushrooms are delightfully simple to make at home and require only a large pan and some good quality fresh ingredients: garlic, mushrooms, olive oil, paprika, parsley, and seasoning.
The smoked paprika really elevates the flavors to the next level. Garlic mushrooms are best when served piled onto some lightly toasted or fried bread that has soaked up the delicious paprika-infused oil. This vegan-friendly recipe makes a great tapas or tasty breakfast treat and serves 4 with minimal fuss in under 15 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course appertizer, Breakfast, Snack, tapas
Cuisine American, Authentic Spanish recipe, Spain, vegan, vegetarian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 193 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large frying pan or skillet 10-12 inches (25-30cm)
  • 1 medium-sized pot (for boiling the mushrooms)

Ingredients

  • 17 oz. 500g button mushrooms
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of parsley roughly chopped
  • Lemon zest optional
  • Salt and cracked black pepper seasoning
  • ½ fresh baguette sliced lengthways

Instructions
 

  • Bring 1 liter of fresh water to the boil
  • Meanwhile, quarter the mushrooms and drop them into the boiling water for 2 minutes. Strain and allow mushrooms to dry (1 minute).
    17 oz. 500g button mushrooms, 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    mushrooms are placed into some boiling water
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the sliced garlic and stir in with mushrooms. Cook for another minute or two before adding the smoked paprika.
    6 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • Move mushrooms to one side of the pan and add bread, cut side down. Allow bread to fry for 1 minute pressing down on each slice slightly to absorb the leftover juices and oil.
    ½ fresh baguette
    Some breadd fires beside cooked garlic mushrooms
  • Remove mushrooms and ingredients from the heat. Allow to cool for 1 minute before adding some chopped parsley. Add the zest from ½ lemon and stir through.
    1 cup of parsley roughly chopped, Lemon zest, Salt and cracked black pepper
    Some fresh chopped parsley is added to a pan of garlic mushrooms
  • To serve, pile garlic mushrooms onto lightly fried bread and season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Drizzle with a little olive oil and serve while hot.
    A plate of Spanish garlic mushrooms on some fried bread

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 150gCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 13.3gProtein: 6gFat: 14.4gSaturated Fat: 2.1gSodium: 106mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 0.5gCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 15-minute-meal, easy, Easy tapas, garlic, garlic mushrooms, Mushrooms, Spanish tapas, tapas, vegan, vegetarian

Cooking Tips and FAQs

How long does this recipe take to make?

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Ready in: 15 minutes

What does Champiñones Al Ajillo mean in English?

‘Champiñones’ translates to mushroom, and ‘Al Ajillo’ literally translates to ‘with garlic’. 

Is this recipe healthy?

Champiñones Al Ajillo is made using fresh ingredients and with a mere 193 calories per 150g (5 oz) serving, it is very healthy. This recipe is low in sodium, contains “good” fats, and has no cholesterol. 

Is this recipe vegan-friendly?

It sure is. Spanish garlic Mushrooms (Champiñones al Ajillo) is 100% vegan-friendly.

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