Buttery Crockpot Ranch Mushrooms (3 ingredients!)

Buttery, and full of ranch flavor, the crockpot does the work for you with this mushroom side dish! Only takes 5 minutes to prep and 3 simple ingredients!

So, tell me… what do you all think about mushrooms? Yay or nay? For me, it’s always a YAY! I love love love mushrooms… in any form!  Raw, as a garnish, in a filling, roasted, stuffed… I could go on all day lol.  If you don’t like mushrooms, we can still be friends… but you’re totally missing out on deliciousness!

Buttery Crockpot Ranch Mushrooms - This quick and easy side dish is made using only 3 simple ingredients!  Buttery, and full of ranch flavor, the crockpot does the work for you with this mushroom side dish! #sidedish #crockpot #slowcooker #easyrecipe #3ingredient

Do you have 5 minutes and 3 ingredients?  I bet so… and if you do… you could be having these mushrooms.  Tonight!

That’s right you guys… 3 ingredients.  THREE!  Sorry I get super excited about simple meals, or in this case, side dishes.  I don’t know about you guys, but when I’m planning meals for our family, I tend to get the main course covered, but will occasionally forget the sides.  And by occasionally… I mean pretty frequently!

That’s where side dishes like this are perfect… minimal effort, and HUGE flavor payout!

Crockpot mushrooms in white bowl

CAN YOU PUT MUSHROOMS IN A SLOW COOKER?

Absolutely!  Or I wouldn’t be sharing this recipe 🙂  The reason people question it, is that mushrooms don’t take very long to cook, so when you slow cook them, you can run the risk of them being OVERcooked, and mushy.  No one likes that!  The secret here is to use whole mushrooms, so they take a little longer, and to only cook them for about 3 hours.  Maybe 4 hours if you have some seriously jumbo mushrooms.

HOW DO YOU MAKE CROCKPOT MUSHROOMS?

Basically you want 3 elements; the mushrooms themselves, some sort of fat or liquid, and seasoning.  For this mushroom recipe, I use the following:

  1. Whole button mushrooms
  2. Butter
  3. Ranch dressing packet

Buttery, ranch-y (yeah, I just made that word up lol), and completely delicious!

Slow cooker mushroom on fork

Now I can’t guarantee that these are kid-friendly… as my kids have an aversion to mushrooms (how is that even possible, with parents who are mushroom obsessed?!).  But what I can promise you, is that you won’t even want to share these mushrooms.

HOW DO YOU CLEAN MUSHROOMS?

That’s a bit of a debate in the food-world.  Some people think if you wash them, the mushrooms will be rubbery when you cook them, because they absorb too much water.  Other people think if you don’t wash them, you’re eating dirty food.  Here’s what I personally do.  For mushrooms that just have a little bit of light dirt on them, I don’t wash them.  Instead, I take a damp paper towel and wipe them off.  For the mushrooms that are pretty dirty, I wash them.

Three ingredients is all you need to make the most delicious and flavorful mushrooms! Just toss them in a slow cooker and let it do the work for you!

PRO TIPS FOR CROCKPOT MUSHROOMS:

  • If the mushroom stems are longer than you’d like, go ahead and give them a chop.  I don’t mind a little stem, but more than and inch or so, and I chop part of the stem off.
  • As you’re stirring the butter mixture around with the mushrooms, it will look like there’s not enough to coat them all.  That’s completely okay.  The mushrooms give off a LOT of liquid as they cook, and it all mixes together.
  • If you’re not a fan of ranch dressing, don’t worry, zesty Italian dressing mix will work just as well.
  • Not a fan of ranch dressing packets?  Feel free to use your own homemade recipe.  This one is our favorite.
  • If you’d like to cut back a little on the butter here, drizzle in some olive oil to replace some of it.

Bowl of slow cooked mushrooms

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CROCKPOT RANCH MUSHROOMS?

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Post originally shared on April 20, 2015, and has been updated with helpful tips and new photos.

Buttery Crockpot Ranch Mushrooms - This quick and easy side dish is made using only 3 simple ingredients!  Buttery, and full of ranch flavor, the crockpot does the work for you with this mushroom side dish!

Buttery Crockpot Ranch Mushrooms

Three ingredients is all you need to make the most delicious and flavorful mushrooms! Just toss them in a slow cooker and let it do the work for you!
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings 3 -4 servings
Calories 305

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb fresh whole button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup butter - , melted
  • 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh parsley - minced (optional, for garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Clean mushrooms thoroughly, then place in bottom of slow cooker.
  • Whisk ranch dressing mix into melted butter, then pour over mushrooms.  Stir to coat.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours.  Check for desired tenderness, and cook a little longer if needed.
  • Serve garnished with fresh parsley if desired.

Notes

If you're feeding more than 2-3 mushroom-loving people, I suggest doubling the recipe:
2 lbs fresh mushrooms
3/4 cup butter (1.5 sticks)
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
2 packets of dry ranch dressing mix
Cook as directed.
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Buttery Crockpot Ranch Mushrooms - This quick and easy side dish is made using only 3 simple ingredients!  Buttery, and full of ranch flavor, the crockpot does the work for you with this mushroom side dish! #sidedish #crockpot #slowcooker #easyrecipe #3ingredient

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57 comments on “Buttery Crockpot Ranch Mushrooms (3 ingredients!)”

  1. I made this recipe for the first time and glad I doubled it (thank you for the suggestion and best way to double)! We had friends staying with us for the weekend and I was curious to try this recipe to go with the steaks we had on the menu.   We had 5 adults and barely had any leftover! The small container of leftover mushrooms got warmed up for breakfast the next morning and served with eggs.  So simple and delicious!

  2. This looks simple an easy, and I am trying my hand at cooking and cannot wait to try this. My question (probably silly) is if you have left overs how would you store them? Do you drain out the juice and just freeze the mushrooms or keep everything together? Can you freeze this after cooking for a later time or is it better to refrigerate and eat in a few days?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Not a silly question at all! I’ve never tried freezing these, so I can’t say whether that would work or not. But when we have leftovers, I usually strain out most of the liquid, and just add a bit of it back to the leftover container so the mushrooms don’t dry out. Then I refrigerate and eat within a couple days 🙂

      • This BIG THANK YOU is for answering my question and long over due. They came out great, and the funny thing is they were so good we had no leftovers. Tonight I have leftovers and will try your recommendation. To anyone that is not a good cook (like me), this you can do and will come out great.

  3. We LOVE THESE, and i really want to serve them for an upcoming party but i won’t be here during the day to cook them. Do you think i could do them the evening before and heat them for the party? Insert crossed fingers 🙂

  4. I made these before and everyone raved. I haven’t made them in awhile and I forget what they tasted like, I just know they were popular. Not a big mushroom fan, but loved these. I now own the shaker of hidden valley ranch dressing mix. How much do I use of that vs the packet? Thanks

  5. I usually make a recipe first before serving to company, but after reading the recipe I figured what could go wrong…..NOTHING went wrong they were delicious.

    I followed the recipe exact and they were yummy ample servings for dinner party of 4. The mushrooms do shrink, but with the yummy sauce they are a hit!!! Thank you for this recipe it is a definite keeper.

  6. Can I put everything together and then wait until the next day to cook them

  7. How can those three ingredients not be amazing together?? I am thinking of all the meals I want to serve with these beauties!

  8. I’m going to try this as I love mushrooms but I’m going to add fresh garlic which I love with mushrooms thanks for the great recipe!!!

  9. These look delicious! Would love to give it a try!

  10. These need to be cooking in my crock pot today! Love the flavors!

  11. I am Angela and there are 7 in my household. 1 husband and 5 rambunctious kiddos and every one of us love mushrooms! I absolutely can’t wait to try this recipe!

  12. My family loves mushrooms. I like that it can be to cook quickly and easily. It’s really great!

  13. I love how easy these sound! Can’t wait to try this recipe out!

  14. How can those three ingredients not be amazing together?? I am thinking of all the meals I want to serve with these beauties!

  15. I’ve never made mushrooms in the crockpot, but it sounds genius! Great side for so many dishes!

  16. Would this work in an instant pot? How long would you cook them for?

  17. My son-in-law brought these to a potluck. Everyone loved them ! The sauce would be excellent on rice. Love good recipes with few ingredients.

  18. Have you ever used Shiitake and/or oyster mushrooms for this recipe? I grow those mushrooms, and may have to try this. Thank you.

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  21. oooo what a yummy & super simple recipe!! Iove this!

  22. I have made a variation of these (adding about 1/3 cup Parmesan for each # mushrooms) and am now required to bring them to every event. Usually make 4-5 #s and they are the 1st thing to be gone. Best part my Mr. doesn’t mind making them!

  23. I made these for the second time today. Doubled the recipe this time. They are so so good. If you love mushrooms go ahead and double the recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  24. I made these today for lunch and served with mashed potatoes and green beans.. They were so good. I didn’t have ranch dressing and rsubstituted Italian d

  25. We love mushrooms and I’ve made them about every way I can imagine except like this!! But this is my favorite way to fix whole mushrooms. I even went & bought a smaller crockpot just for these!! Because everyone loves them so much they’ve even asked me to add them to my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!! Now this is a big deal at my house because 34 years ago after our first holidays together…my husband asked me to never change a thing I had made!! In the all these years I’ve only added 2 things & this is one of them. These are also on a regular rotation at my house no matter what I’m fixing. I’m making a chicken casserole tomorrow and wanted a couple of different sides but not the regular same old sides. So I’m fixing these & roasted onions with parmesan cheese sauce. Thanks for the great recipes!!

    • Hi Patty 🙂 Oh man, this comment just made my night!! I’m SO happy to hear that everyone loved these mushrooms!! Such a high compliment that they’ve been requested to be added to such important holiday dinners 🙂 Thanks for such a wonderful comment!

  26. Yummy side dish and I love that it’s so easy. IT’s great when a slow cooker recipe doesn’t actually need a lot of preparation in advance.

  27. I love this recipe Amanda. Love mushrooms, love ranch and love my slow cooker. I have pinned this on my personal board too. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  28. Your Slow Cooker Ranch Mushrooms look delicious. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  29. What a great idea Amanda! These mushrooms look amazing and I love how easy they are to prepare. Great as an appetizer or side dish!

  30. Amanda, your pictures are gorgeous! I’m already a huge fan of mushrooms, but you’ve just made me fall in love all over again! Never thought to cook them in a slow cooker. Definitely going to try this!

    BreAnna | Crafty Coin
    Real Food on a Real Budget

  31. I think ranch-y should definitely be added to the dictionary. Thanks for sharing at ‘Tell em Tuesday’!
    xoxo K
    http://peeledwellness.com

  32. I adore mushrooms and love the idea of just noshing on a bowl full! Yum!

  33. These look absolutely fabulous! I wish more of my family liked mushrooms, but my youngest son and I do, so I’ll have to make these as a special treat for us! Pinning!

  34. On name alone I had to check this one out! Looks and sounds great, I’ll try it soon.

  35. I’m always on the lookout for different side-dish options and this one is PERFECT, and you can make it right in the slow cooker so you don’t even have to think about it! I LOVE it, I can’t wait to try these… they’re so simple! WAHOOO!!!

    • Thank you so much Steph!! Side dishes always seem to be my downfall… we go through the same routine of them, so once we found these… we were definitely happy! Simple and EASY, right up my alley 😀