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air fryer breaded mushrooms on a plate with vegan ranch dressing

Vegan Air Fryer Breaded Mushrooms

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  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings
  • Diet: Vegan


It just isn’t a party without these Vegan Air Fryer Breaded Mushrooms! Easy to make, juicy, and full of flavor, breaded mushrooms are perfect for dipping in your favorite sauces and passing around at the party. Air fryer and baking instructions included.


  • 3/4 to 1lb small cremini mushrooms, gently wiped clean

  • Cooking oil spray

  • Seasoning salt (for serving)


  • 1 cup unsweetened plant milk, soy, oat, almond, etc..

  • 1 cup all purpose flour*

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Seasoned bread crumbs:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs*

  •  3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning 

  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (powder)

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion (powder)

  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

If you do not have an air fryer I've included instructions for oven baked in the notes section*



  1. Batter: add the wet batter ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk until smooth (it is a thick batter)

  2. Panko breading: Mix the dry ingredients in a shallow pan (I use my pie plate)

  3. Prepare mushrooms: First spray air fryer basket with cooking oil spray. Dip one mushroom at a time into the batter, making sure it is fully coated, the batter will be thick. Tap or gently shake off a little excess batter. Dredge mushroom in the panko bread mixture, gently pressing to coat. Place in the air fryer basket. Repeat until the basket is full. Ensure mushrooms are not touching. 

  4. Bake: Bake in your air fryer at 375° to 380° for 12 minutes until crispy. Shake the basket half way through and spray with a little more cooking oil. When done, remove to plate and immediately sprinkle with seasoning salt. 

  5. Repeat with remaining mushrooms until you either run out of batter or mushrooms. Cook in 2 or 3 batches depending on size of your air fryer 

  6. Enjoy: Wait a few minutes before serving as the mushrooms will be really hot inside! Enjoy with your favorite dip. For step by step photos, Serving suggestions, Tips and more see above post and notes section* below


  • Enjoy with your favorite dip, like vegan ranch, tartar sauce, 3 ingredient chipotle mayo from my burritos), vegan tempura sauce, tzatziki, warm marinara sauce, ketchup, etc,..
  • Tip: Use two handed method- one hand for wet batter and one for breading -for less mess
  • Oven method: preheat oven to 400° Place prepared mushrooms on a large baking sheet lined with greased parchment paper. Spray tops and sides of mushrooms with cooking oil spray. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until crispy, flipping halfway through.
  • Gluten free: I have not tested with gluten free flour, rice flour or gluten free panko but I would imagine it would work just fine. 
  • Make ahead: Can make up to a day ahead in the fridge until ready to bake.
  • Storing and freezing: Will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. Best served freshly made. To freeze: once mushrooms are battered, place on a lined baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, store in a ziplock bag. Do not defrost before cooking -Cook from frozen. Might need to cook a minute or two longer.
  • Reheat: crisp up leftover mushrooms in the oven or air fryer.
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  • Category: Snacks & Sides
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian