How to Cook Morels

Morels are a mild and nutty mushroom with a unique texture. Learn how to properly prepare and cook these gems from the forest floor.

What do Morels Taste Like?

Morels are a mildly flavored mushroom, with a pleasant earthiness and nuttiness. Compared to shiitake or portabella, morels have a much more muted “mushroomy” flavor, with a touch of sweetness and a mossy and woody aroma.

How do you Prepare Morels?

Morels need thorough cleaning and cooking to be eaten safely. First, trim any dry or soft bits from the mushrooms. Next, rub them using a mushroom brush or a paper towel to remove dirt from their nooks and crannies. You can also drunk them quickly in cool water, then swish and agitate to release dirt. If you use the water method, pat them dry and let them drain immediately.  Store them in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator.

How do you Cook morels?

Like most mushrooms, morels have a great ability to brown deeply and crisp up when cooked properly – but their magic is in their hollow structure and brainy texture. They’re practically designed to be stuffed with herbs or swimming in a pasta sauce! Morels can be pan fried, sauteed, baked, roasted, stuffed, pickled, steamed, and boiled. Try them in our wild mushroom cornbread recipe or on our maple morel dutch baby recipe!

clean and trim morels
drunk briefly in water and dry immediately
sautee in a skiller
or crisp in oil and serve on eggs
or baste in a maple butter
or pickle with spices
5 from 1 vote

How to Prepare Morels

Morels are a mild and nutty mushroom with a unique texture. Learn how to properly prepare and cook these gems from the forest floor.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: how to
Cuisine: Foraged
Keyword: morels, Mushrooms


  • Morel Mushrooms


  • 1. Trim off dried or soft bits of each mushroom.
  • 2. Use a mushroom brush or paper towel to rub and clean each morel.
  • 3. Briefly dunk the morels in a bowl of cool water, swishing and agitating to release any grit left in the crevices. Immediately remove the mushrooms and pat dry, then set to drain and dry thoroughly.
  • 4. Cook the morels according to the recipe instructions. Or, use this basic method of preparation: Place morels in a skillet set over medium heat. Allow the mushrooms to cook undistrubed until they begin to brown. Stir and continue cooking until the mushrooms have sweat off most of their moisture. Add a tablespoon of butter and pinch of salt to the pan and toss to coat. Serve warm.

1 thought on “How to Cook Morels”

  1. 5 stars
    JB here! For many years, morels weren’t my favorite mushroom – but this season changed that! Their nutty flavor and unique texture really made my cooking more dynamic all Spring long. If you’re seeing this outside of their fresh season, definitely get some dried ones! They rehydrate well, and you can still cook using any of the techniques or recipes mentioned here.

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