The Best Substitute for Cremini Mushrooms and The Best Matching Dishes for These Substitutes

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If you’ve run out of cremini mushrooms, you’re probably looking for a good substitute for cremini mushrooms so you can continue cooking your recipe.

Luckily, there are many crimini mushroom substitutes that you can work with. Keep in mind that if you can’t have any mushrooms, you can use vegetables instead. Yes, we know – it’s a big shocker! But we’ll explain how below.  

  • Shiitake mushrooms – These mushrooms are also called black forest mushrooms or oriental black mushrooms. The best ones are the freshest ones. The dried ones may not provide the texture. Use for stir-fry recipes, risottos, and even pasta.
  • White mushrooms are also called supermarket mushrooms, and white button mushrooms are the most common substitute for cremini mushrooms. White mushrooms can be used raw and added to simple recipes like salads.
  • Portobello mushrooms – Portobello mushrooms are also called open cap mushrooms or portabella mushrooms. Portobello mushrooms are the more mature versions of cremini mushrooms, so this mushroom type is a good substitute. Use for baked dishes, grilled recipes, and roasted preparations. Like other mushrooms, they’re fit for almost any kind of preparation.
  • Eggplant – Before you freak out, yes, eggplants can be used as a substitute for many kinds of mushrooms because they have a neutral flavor. Neutrally-flavored vegetables will absorb the seasonings of any dish, and therefore, they can act like mushrooms. Use in stews in stir-fry dishes – you can never go wrong with fresh eggplants.
  • Cauliflower – Cauliflower is another awesome and neutrally-flavored addition to any recipe. Chop up the florets and tenderize them before adding them to your recipe, and you’re going to get the same wonderful texture each time.

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