Air Fryer Sesame Maple Mushrooms

These Air Fryer Sesame Maple Mushrooms are a quick and easy mushroom treat to add to soups, salads, breakfasts, and bowls. An integral ingredient in this Amazing Miso Soup recipe.

a plate of air fryer mushrooms

Why are Air Fryer Mushrooms better?

Many people have aversions to mushrooms because of the texture. Mushrooms have a lot of water content. If not cooked at a high enough heat, the water will slowly seep out and steam the mushrooms instead of sear them, resulting in a soggy, flavorless chew. The benefit of using an air fryer is that the surface of the mushrooms sear quickly and evenly, creating a trap for all the flavor and no wet mush!

My Air Fryer

I'll be honest. Someone gave me my air fryer and I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The last thing I felt I needed was another specialty cooking appliance. BUT, just like the instant pot (which I honestly had the same thought with), it is now one of my favorite things to cook with. They use way less oil than conventional frying or even pan searing while still creating crispy and fun textures. You can cook for your family in one batch and the clean up is so easy!

The best Mushrooms for cooking

Because of the water content, mentioned above, I like to choose mushrooms that are more meaty. My favorite mushrooms for cooking are shiitakes and oyster mushrooms. Both of these are fairly easy to find in the grocery store, they hold their shape and texture, and absorb the flavors of marinades without watering down. Of course, almost any mushroom will work for this recipe if you can't find those two, but look for mushrooms that feel firm and dry to the touch.

a bowl of shiitake and oyster mushrooms

How to marinate Mushrooms

Mushrooms are like little mini sponges. Once you add a liquid to them, they soak it up almost instantly. Always remember to mix your marinade first and then pour it over and stir it into your mushrooms all at one time.

The trick to Sesame Maple Mushrooms

The trick to making these mushrooms is all in the preparation. You want all of the mushroom pieces to be roughly the same size and thickness. This will ensure even marination and even cooking.

To do this, remove the stems of the shiitakes and slice them thinly. The stems of the oyster mushroom can be eaten, so simply tear into thin strips from the cap down to the end of the stem.

sliced and torn mushrooms in a bowl

Mix your marinade separately and then pour over the mushrooms and mix in so that they are evenly coated. Spread the mushrooms in a thin, even layer in the air fryer before cooking.


a plate of sesame maple mushrooms

Air Fryer Sesame Maple Mushrooms

Kajsa@ Twist of Vegan
A quick and easy mushroom treat to add to soups, salads, breakfasts, and bowls.
5 from 2 votes



  • Remove the stems from the shiitakes and cut them into thin slices.  Place in a mixing bowl.
  • Tear the oyster mushrooms in thin strips from the cap down to the bottom of the stem.  Add to the mixing bowl. 
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the sesame oil, maple syrup, shoyu, mirin, chili garlic sauce, and salt.  Stir together to combine.
  • Pour the sesame mix over the mushrooms all at one time and stir quickly to completely coat the mushrooms.  
  • Spread the marinated mushrooms in a thin, even layer in the air fryer.
  • Cook at 400f for 5 minutes.  Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.  The mushrooms will be crispy golden brown on the surface, but still be somewhat soft to the bite.  
  • You can eat these mushrooms immediately or store them in the refrigerator for later use.  They will keep for 4 days.
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