Cremini mushrooms are small to medium in size and have a rounded cap with a short, stubby stem. The smooth cap ranges from light to dark brown and is firm and spongy. Underneath the cap, there are small brown gills, but most of these are hidden as the cap has not fully opened when harvested at the Cremini stage. The short white stem is also edible, dense, thick, and smooth with a slightly rubbery texture. Cremini mushrooms are mild and somewhat earthy with a meaty texture.
Cremini mushrooms are available year-round.
Cremini mushrooms are best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as baking, roasting, sauteing, or stewing. They can be sliced raw and mixed into green or grain salads, or they can be stuffed with crab, cheese, or other meats as a bite-sized appetizer. Cremini mushrooms can also be added into sauces, gravies, stir-fries, soups such as hot and sour, stews, baked into tarts, or sliced as a topping on pizza. Cremini mushrooms pair well with tomatoes, carrots, celery, potatoes, jalapenos, garlic, shallots, onion, ginger, kimchi, lime, sage, parsley, basil, meats such as beef, pork, or poultry, eggs, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, marinara sauce, cream sauce, white wine, rice, orzo, mozzarella, parmesan, and pecorino romano cheese. They will keep up to a week when stored loosely in a paper bag with moist paper towels to prolong freshness in the refrigerator.