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Morel Mushroom: Simple Fried Morel Mushrooms


  1. 1 pound fresh morel mushrooms - dirt gently brushed off and mushrooms halved lengthwise

  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour

  3. 1 cup vegetable shortening

  4. salt to taste


  1. Place halved morel mushrooms in a large bowl; cover with cold, lightly salted water. Refrigerate mushrooms for about 5 minutes to loosen any dirt; pour off salted water, rinse, and repeat twice more. Crevices of the mushrooms may harbor tiny stones or even insects. Thoroughly rinse mushrooms a final time and allow to drain on paper towels.

  2. Place flour in a shallow bowl.

  3. Heat vegetable shortening in a large skillet until very hot.

  4. Roll mushrooms in flour and tap off excess; gently lay mushrooms in the hot shortening.

  5. Pan-fry until golden brown and flour coating is crisp, 5 to 8 minutes, turning often. Drain morels on paper towels, salt to taste.


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