How to Cook Morels

Morels are a mild and nutty mushroom with a unique texture. Learn how to properly prepare and cook these gems from the forest floor.
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Prep Time
10 minutes
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
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Makes 1 bowl
- Morel mushrooms


Step 1 - Clean and trim morels

Trim off dried or soft bits of each mushroom. Use a mushroom brush or paper towel to rub and clean each morel.

Clean and trim morels
Clean and trim morels
Step 2 - Dunk in water

Briefly dunk the morels in a bowl of cool water, swishing and agitating to release any grit left in the crevices. Immediately remove the mushrooms and pat dry, then set to drain and dry thoroughly.

Dunk briefly in water and dry immediately
Dunk briefly in water and dry immediately
Step 3 - Baste in a maple butter

Cook the morels according to the recipe instructions.

Step 4 - Crisp in oil and serve on eggs

Cook the morels according to the recipe instructions.

Step 5 - Sautee in a skillet

Cook the morels according to the recipe instructions.

Sautee in a skillet
Sautee in a skillet
Step 6 - Pickle with spices

Cook the morels according to the recipe instructions.

What do Morels Taste Like?

Morels are a mildly flavored mushroom, with a pleasant earthiness and nuttiness. Compared to shiitake or portabella, morels have a much more muted “mushroomy” flavor, with a touch of sweetness and a mossy and woody aroma.

How do you Prepare Morels?

Morels need thorough cleaning and cooking to be eaten safely. First, trim any dry or soft bits from the mushrooms. Next, rub them using a mushroom brush or a paper towel to remove dirt from their nooks and crannies. You can also drunk them quickly in cool water, then swish and agitate to release dirt. If you use the water method, pat them dry and let them drain immediately.  Store them in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator.

How do you Cook morels?

Like most mushrooms, morels have a great ability to brown deeply and crisp up when cooked properly – but their magic is in their hollow structure and brainy texture. They’re practically designed to be stuffed with herbs or swimming in a pasta sauce! Morels can be pan fried, sauteed, baked, roasted, stuffed, pickled, steamed, and boiled. Try them in our wild mushroom cornbread recipe or on our maple morel dutch baby recipe!

Morel mushrooms set on a black surface

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