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Air Fry Breaded Mushrooms Recipe

These air fry breaded mushrooms are a seriously delicious appetizer or snack. Learn how to make restaurant-quality breaded mushrooms in the air fryer!

air fried mushrooms

In the past, fried mushrooms were something I would only order at a restaurant. I’d cross my fingers and hope that they would arrive crispy and NOT with mushy breading.

Well, it turns out that you can make delicious and crispy air fry breaded mushrooms at home that will best any restaurant. 

Read on for my tips and tricks on how to make incredible breaded mushrooms in air fryer at home!

 Breaded Mushrooms in Air Fryer Prep

baby bella and white button mushrooms

I tried two different types of mushrooms for this air fry breaded mushroom recipe – baby bella and white button. I preferred the taste of the baby bellas but the white mushrooms turned out delicious as well. 

And here is my most important tip for getting the best results:

The mushrooms should be dry before you start to coat them with the egg wash and breading. If they are even damp, the coating won’t stick!

If you want to clean them, just wipe them down with a slightly damp paper towel. Or if you are concerned about dirt, dry them thoroughly after washing them off. Following these steps will give you the best breaded mushrooms in air fryer results!

sliced mushrooms on a cutting board

Next, I recommend slicing them into halves or quarters, depending on their size. If you have really small mushrooms you could also fry them whole. 

As far as the stems go, that is totally up to you. I cut some of the longer ones down and left shorter stems on. 

How to Add Breading to Air Fry Breaded Mushrooms

fork dipping mushroom in egg batter

After you have prepared your egg and water mixture and breading mix, I suggest using a fork to dip the mushrooms in the egg and then the breading.

I used my other hand to press breading onto the mushrooms. 

And then I used another fork to gently push the mushroom onto the plate. 

Once you have a batch breaded, you’ll lightly coat them with oil from a sprayer next. Now you are ready to cook your air fry breaded mushrooms!

misto olive oil sprayer for air fried mushrooms

I have had this affordable Misto Oil Sprayer for over a decade and I still love it. I’ve filled it up with olive oil again and again! You can use any kind of oil you prefer, of course. 

I suggest spraying both sides of the mushrooms so that no dry flour remains.

Your air fry breaded mushrooms will turn out so much better if you are thorough with this step!

How To Cook Breaded Mushrooms in Air Fryer

breaded air fry mushroom arranged in basket

You may have to cook the mushrooms in two batches if you have a small air fryer like me. This small Gourmia 2qt Digital Air Fryer from Target is very similar to the one I use. 

Black Gourmia Air Fryer Kitchen Appliance

Then arrange your mushrooms in a single layer in your air fryer basket. It’s okay if they are touching a little but you definitely don’t want to pile any on top of each other. 

I recommend cooking them for 5-7 minutes at 375 degrees for the best breaded mushrooms in air fryer.

The time will vary depending on your air fryer and how many mushrooms you are cooking at a time.

You’ll want to shake them once after a few minutes or even flip them over with a fork/tongs.

It will help them cook evenly and not have any mushy breading. 

If there still appears to be some wet breading, I suggest flipping them around and putting them back in for 1-2 more minutes to get the best air fry breaded mushrooms.

close up of golden air fry breaded mushrooms

You’ll want them to be a golden brown when they are done, just like these little air fry breaded mushroom beauties. 

Please give them several minutes to cool since the inside will be WICKED hot when you first pull them out.

It’s surprising how long they stay hot so no worries about eating them right away. 

I hope you enjoy your crispy breaded mushrooms in air fryer!

Any questions? Please leave a comment below or send me a message on The Frugal South’s Facebook page.

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fry Breaded Mushroom Recipe

Air Fry Breaded Mushroom Recipe

Super crispy and flavorful breaded mushrooms in air fryer! Healthier than deep fried mushrooms.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms (baby bella or white)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp water
  • oil spray (I use olive oil but any will do)


If needed, wipe mushrooms down with a damp paper towel to clean them. Do not wash them.

Slice mushrooms into halves or quarters, depending on their size.

Mix dry ingredients (flour, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper) in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs lightly and mix in 1 tsp of water.

Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees.

With a fork, dip each mushroom first into the egg batter, then into the dry ingredients, coating thoroughly. Place mushrooms on a plate.

Spray all mushrooms with an oil spray, flipping once and being sure to lightly coat all surfaces. No dry flour should remain.

Bake in fryer 5-7 minutes depending on size. Shake contents after a few minutes to cook evenly. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in several batches.

Wait several minutes for mushrooms to cool. The inside will be VERY hot and will burn your mouth!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 580mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
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Wednesday 27th of September 2023

Wash your mushrooms. They are grown in poop. When raw they are already full of water and will not absorb a drop. Just towel and air dry after rinsing off the doodoo.


Monday 21st of August 2023

My bad, I meant Panko bread


Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Yes they will work!


Monday 21st of August 2023

Hi, can I use Pablo breadcrumbs


Saturday 3rd of June 2023

It was OK. There was too much bread crumb for me and my wife. I had extra wash and dry mix. I tried sliced carrot sticks and Vidalia onion, again too much bread crumb. I have this bookmarked and will try it again without bread crumbs.

Sarah Schwalb

Friday 10th of February 2023

Thank you for this delicious recipe!

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