Mushroom sauce

Mushroom sauce
Mushroom sauce is a rich, creamy sauce that can transform an ordinary dish into an extraordinary one.
Mushroom sauce pairs well with many dishes, such as baked potatoes, roasted chicken or beef, pasta, meatballs, and steamed vegetables. Perhaps the most popular pairing for a mushroom sauce is with a beef steak.
Mushroom sauce can be made with any type of mushroom, but it is most commonly made with white button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms.
There is little information as to the origin of mushroom sauce. However, the first mention of a mushroom sauce was in an 1864 cookbook under the name of "brown gravy".
The mushroom sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until needed. It can also be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4


  • pan


  • 350 g mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 200 g heavy cream
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan (grated, optional)
  • salt & pepper (to season)


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Add mushrooms and garlic. Stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the heavy/double cream, thyme and oregano.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and bring the sauce to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer gently until thickened (approximately for 5 minutes). You can add the Parmesan here if you wish to, if not, add a little salt to season instead; Parmesan is salty so be careful!
  • Serve hot.


Is mushroom sauce healthy?

Not really, whilst the mushrooms are; the butter and cream used are not; although using Crème fraîche would reduce the calories without impacting the taste much.

Is mushroom sauce vegan?

Yes, the sauce contains no animal products.

Is mushroom sauce gluten free?

Yes, the sauce contains no flour, flour is commonly used in many sauces to thicken them.

Is mushroom sauce keto?

Yes, the sauce is generally regarded as a low carbohydrate, but quite high-fat sauce.

Mushrooms are made up of around 90% water.