Marinated Mushroom Recipe for an Island-style Vacation

margarita for your marinated mushroomsThis marinated mushroom recipe is perfect for a vacation. Just add sand, sun, and a margarita!

These mushrooms work best as a topping for fish or meat, although you can serve them on their own as an appetizer. You can also use the recipe to marinate chicken or steak for a Caribbean flavor.

Some may find this marinade a little strong. Do a taste test after you make it, and if it's too strong add some water to dilute. This recipe is really tangy, so serving it with a drink and/or something sweet compliments the flavor well.

Recommended mushrooms: Cremini or white buttons from the grocery store.



  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup margarita mix (add water if using powdered mix)
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • salt to taste

Clean the mushrooms with a damp cloth and slice them into medium-sized pieces. You can remove the stems if you like, but I find they work just fine in this recipe.

Place all ingredients, including mushrooms, in a container and stir together. Let them marinate for at least an hour, preferably overnight.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add the mushrooms. Sauté until they are slightly brown, usually around 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan! If you want more flavor, add some leftover marinade and cook for another 3 minutes.

Allow to cool and serve. Don't forget your margarita!



  • Replace the vodka with tequila for a more authentic margarita flavor. If you don't drink, you can omit the vodka altogether and replace it with water, juice, orange juice, or another beverage of your choice. Just be mindful of the flavors mixing well.
  • Add a few tsp of your favorite herb. Be aware this is a strong recipe and their taste may be overpowered. Rosemary is a good choice.
  • Chop half an onion or a small shallot and add to the marinade.
  • A few teaspoons of a meat rub can add a nice kick, such as Jamaican jerk.
  • A little bite in the background is a fun addition. Try a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, a dash or cayenne, or a splash or sriracha sauce. Make sure to add these amounts in slowly and taste as you go so you don't make it too hot.

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