How To Fry Morels

Want some quick and tasty recipes for your newly found morels? In this article we’ll cover how to fry morels with these top 3 recipes for pan fried morel mushrooms. Fried morels make great side dishes.

Simply Sauteed – Pan Fried Morel Mushrooms Recipe

Prep Time – 8-10 Minutes


  • Butter
  • Morels
  • Pan
  • Pinch Salt and Black Pepper


  1. Clean the morels. Do this with salted water to remove any small bugs. Tap the link to see full instructions.
  2. Cut in half lengthwise. If large enough cut into quarters lengthwise.
  3. Add butter to the pan
  4. Turn up the heat to medium to medium high
  5. Lay down the morels in a single layer throughout the pan
  6. A lot of moisture will come out. Pull them out and drain out the water.
  7. Add butter and add the morels back in a single layer
  8. Fry till golden brown on both sides.
  9. Drain on a paper towel.
  10. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  11. Watch the video below to see this in action.

Morels with Flour – Easy Pan Fried Morel Mushrooms Recipe

Prep Time – 10-20 Minutes


  • Stick Butter Salted
  • Morels
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Pan
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Clean the morels. Use salted water to remove the tiny bugs.
  2. Leave them whole if they are small or cut in half lengthwise and even into quarters if they are extra large.
  3. Add flour to a ziploc or plastic bag. Use about 3 cups of flour per 12 morels.
  4. Rinse the morels with cool water to get them slightly wet. You’ll need this for the flour to stick.
  5. Add the morels to the bag with flour and shake them up
  6. Heat pan and melt butter on medium to medium high heat. Use enough to build up an 1/8 inch butter layer on the bottom of the pan.
  7. Pull out the morels from the bag one be one and knock off the excess flour
  8. Add the morels to the pan or large skillet in a single layer. Leave a little space so it’s easy to turn them.
  9. Do not drain the excess water that comes out of the morels. Just let that evaporate as you cook. You don’t want to waste the butter.
  10. Fry till golden brown on all sides.
  11. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms.
  12. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Adding it at the end helps cuts down the total salt used. It’s a bit tricky to get the right amount when making seasoned flour but can be done. See our seasoned flour recipe in our article on cleaning morels for that.
  13. Remove and share with friends and family!
  14. Watch the video below to see this in action.

Battered and Pan Fried Morel Mushrooms

Prep Time – 20-30 Minutes


  • Butter or Vegetable Oil
  • Morels
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pan
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Clean the morels
  2. Mix wet ingredients – Mix two eggs and milk in a large bowl. Whisk till mixed. Add to dipping bowl or dish if you want. I just use the mixing bowl.
  3. Mix dry ingredients (seasoning blends) – Add two cups of flour to a clean dry large bowl. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder. 1 teaspoon of each seasoning should be fine. You can add a bit more to taste on the finished fried morels. This helps keeps the total salt down. Mix it up and add to dipping bowl or dish. Again, I just use the mixing bowl. No one likes extra dishes!
  4. You’ll have one dipping dish or bowl of wet ingredients and a separate one of dry ingredients.
  5. Rinse your cleaned morels. Be sure to follow the link in the first step to clean your morels. This removes all the dirt, leaves, and most importantly the bugs from your morels. It takes a bit to do so clean them first.
  6. Make sure they are cut in half lengthwise. For larger ones cut them again into quarters lengthwise.
  7. Dip in flour mix then egg mix then back in flour mix. This double dipping approach is very similar to what KFC does for their extra crispy fried chicken. It makes a thicker batter. We call that fried goodness!
  8. Add 1/2 to 1 inch of vegetable oil to your frying pan or heavy skillet. Turn on to medium heat and wait till it’s fully heated (5-10 minutes).
  9. Add morels and fry each side 2-4 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t cook longer than 6-8 minutes total or the morels can get soggy inside. This takes some practice as different morels are different sizes.
  10. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms.
  11. Drain on paper towel lined plate or baking sheet.
  12. Add more kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Make or use a dipping sauce of your choice.
  14. Watch the video below to see this in action.