Puffball mushrooms are a unique and delicious wild mushroom that can be found growing in fields, meadows, and grasslands. While they may look unassuming on the outside, these mushrooms have a pleasant, mild flavor and meaty texture that make them a tasty addition to many dishes. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook puffball mushrooms in 2 different ways.

1. How To Cook Puffball Mushrooms Fried


  • 1 giant puffball mushroom
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Clean the puffball mushroom by peeling off the outer skin using a paring knife. Cut the inner white flesh into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.

Season the puffball slices lightly with salt and pepper. Dredge them lightly in flour, coating both sides. Shake off any excess flour.

Heat the olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted and the oil is shimmering, add the puffball slices in a single layer.

Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Use a spatula to flip the slices halfway through cooking.

Transfer the fried puffball slices to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with a little extra salt while hot. Serve immediately.

The flour coating and quick fry in the skillet gives the mild puffball slices a deliciously crispy exterior. The insides remain tender and juicy. Adjust cooking time as needed for thicker or thinner slices.

2. How To Cook Puffball Mushrooms on Grill


  • 1 giant puffball mushroom (about 1 lb)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Clean the puffball mushroom by peeling off the outer skin using a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Slice the puffball into 1/2 inch thick slices.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Brush the oil mixture evenly over both sides of the puffball slices.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grates.

Add the seasoned puffball slices to the hot grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until lightly charred and cooked through. Grill in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding.

Transfer the grilled puffball slices to a platter and serve immediately. They pair great with grilled veggies or meat.

Whip up a batch of puffballs today! Follow these 2 recipes for a delicious experience with these unique wild mushrooms. Then experiment with fun pairings and serve as a side, entree, or snack. With their meaty texture and woodsy essence, puffballs are a tasty addition to any meal.

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