How to Cook a Giant Puffball Mushroom: Tips and Tricks

Blog General
read time
3 minutes

At some point in your life, you may come across a giant puffball mushroom. It’s an unusual sight because it may look like an albino football growing in the forest. But if you’re curious enough to take one home and cook it, you’ll experience a culinary treat that’s as rare as it is delectable.

In this article, we’ll share our tips and tricks on how to cook a giant puffball mushroom. But before we dive into the cooking process, let’s get to know the giant puffball mushroom a little better.

What is a Giant Puffball Mushroom?

A giant puffball mushroom is a large, white, round fungus that grows on the ground in forests, pastures, and lawns. It can grow up to three feet in diameter and weigh over 40 pounds. The giant puffball mushroom is edible, but it’s important to identify it correctly as other types of non-edible mushrooms can look similar.

Where to Find a Giant Puffball Mushroom

Giant puffball mushrooms are not commonly found in supermarkets. But if you’re willing to take a walk in the woods or talk to a local forager, you may be able to find one. Just be sure to ask someone who is an experienced forager and knows how to identify and harvest mushrooms safely. Alternatively, you can also join a mushroom hunting group in your area to learn more about foraging.

Preparing a Giant Puffball Mushroom

Once you’ve acquired a giant puffball mushroom, the first step is to clean it thoroughly. We recommend wiping it with a damp cloth or using a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris that may be on the surface. You don’t want to rinse the mushroom under water as it could lead to a spongy texture.

After cleaning, you can either slice the mushroom into thick pieces or cut it into cubes depending on your recipe. If you’re using a whole mushroom, you’ll need to remove the mushroom skin, which is tough and inedible.

Cooking a Giant Puffball Mushroom

There are various ways to cook a giant puffball mushroom, and our preferred method is grilling. Grilling gives the mushroom a smoky flavor and a crispy texture. However, you can also bake, fry or sauté it like other mushrooms. Here's how to cook a giant puffball mushroom on the grill:


  • 1 Giant Puffball Mushroom

  • 1/4 cup Olive oil or melted Butter

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • 2-3 Garlic cloves (crushed)


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  2. Slice the giant puffball mushroom into thick slabs, and brush it with olive oil or melted butter on both sides.

  3. Place it on the grill, and cook it for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

  4. When you flip it, add some crushed garlic, salt, and pepper to the top of the mushroom.

  5. Serve hot with your favorite sauce, or as a side dish to your meal.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t overcook the giant puffball mushroom as it can become slimy and lose its flavor.

  • Add your preferred seasoning to infuse more flavor into the mushroom.

  • Experiment with different cooking methods to find the one that works best for you.

Final Thoughts

Cooking a giant puffball mushroom is a unique and satisfying experience. Not only is it an unusual food but it’s also a healthy and delicious one. By taking the time to learn about where your food comes from, you gain a deeper appreciation for the journey from farm or forest to plate. We hope this guide has provided you with the information you need to cook a giant puffball mushroom successfully. Get adventurous, enjoy the process, and happy cooking!

Learn More About Giant Puffball Mushrooms

About Foraged

At Foraged, we’re on a mission to empower small-scale food purveyors to grow healthy, sustainable businesses while nourishing everyday people by providing easy access to unique foods.

By supporting Foraged vendors, you're helping to build a better, more sustainable food system for everyone.

Plus, we're committed to doing things the right way - our platform puts the power back in the knowledgeable hands of those who grow, harvest, and create foods most responsibly. 

And we don't just stop there, we also want to make sure you know how to cook and preserve the specialty foods you source from Foraged, which is why we provide educational resources and delicious recipes for you to try.

make something wild

Need some inspiration or insight on how to use your new goods? We got it.