This quick mushroom stroganoff recipe makes a healthy, tasty meal in just 15 minutes!

Portion of creamy mushroom stroganoff served on rice

Mushroom stroganoff is one of my favourite easy dinners (you may have noticed that I post about it a lot on the blog!). It’s pretty healthy, it has tons of flavour, and this version is especially quick and easy to make! It can be on your table (or in your face) in about fifteen minutes – just my kind of lazy dinner.

Portion of creamy mushroom stroganoff served on a bed of rice

What is stroganoff?

Stroganoff is a Russian dish that’s usually made with beef. It has a creamy sauce made from sour cream.

As with most classic recipes, there’s not one ‘right’ way to make stroganoff – different countries have put their own spins on the recipe, and no two stroganoffs will ever be alike. That’s actually one of my favourite things about this dish – you can really make it however you like and call it a stroganoff, and it will almost certainly be delicious.

As you know, I’m not a stickler for authenticity when it comes to my cooking – as far as I see it, food should be enjoyed, so as long as I end up with a tasty meal at the end of it, I’m not fussed whether my recipe is 100% accurate.

Creamy mushroom stroganoff mixed with rice in a frying pan

Vegetarian stroganoff

This vegetarian stroganoff obviously doesn’t include the usual beef (although you could totally make one with vegetarian beef-style pieces if you wanted to!) – instead, I used a vegetarian’s best friend, mushrooms!

Mushrooms are super cheap, they have a nice ‘meaty’ texture (meat-eaters, don’t tell me off), and they cook down beautifully to give the sauce a really lovely flavour. Plus, they’re really good for you!

Garlic mushrooms cooking in a wok with smoked paprika

Mushroom stroganoff

First, cook the mushrooms with some onion and garlic. Just three ingredients in, and you’ve already produced one of the best smells in the world (cook them in butter if you want them to be extra irresistible!).

Then, add some smoked paprika. It’s my favourite spice in the whole world – I’ve been told off (jokingly!) on numerous occasions for putting it in just about everything I make. It’s got such a lovely rich, smoky flavour, and it’s all you need to bring your mushrooms to life and turn them into a really tasty mushroom stroganoff.

You could use regular paprika if you can’t find the smoked stuff, but I’d definitely recommend using smoked if you can find it – the two don’t even compare.

Finally, the all-important sour cream to make everything super creamy.

Smoky garlic mushrooms in a wok with a dollop of sour cream added

15 minute dinner

That’s all there is to it! The whole dish comes together in about 15 minutes – maybe 20 if you’re particularly slow at chopping veg (but you can’t blame me for that).

This 15 minute mushroom stroganoff is just the kind of quick dinner I love after a long day – spend a few minutes slicing mushrooms, a few minutes sautéing, and you’re basically done. Even I can manage that.

Creamy mushroom stroganoff in a wok

How do you serve mushroom stroganoff?

Stroganoff is typically served with either rice or pasta – often tagliatelle. It’s fantastic either way.

Creamy mushroom pasta <– literally one of the best things on the planet

Or creamy mushrooms with rice <– also incredibly delicious, and makes a lovely change (I cook pasta all the time, but have rice less often)

You can either plate it up nicely over your chosen side dish, or mix everything together in the pan. I actually prefer it all mixed together (though it’s a bit less pretty that way!), so you can make sure all of your rice or pasta is nicely coated in the silky sauce.

Portion of creamy mushroom stroganoff mixed with rice in a bowl

Vegetable stroganoff

If you’re not a mushroom fan, or you just fancy a bit more variety in your dinner, feel free to mix things up a bit! You could pretty much put whatever vegetables you like in your stroganoff – you don’t have to stick to just mushrooms.

Next time I might make a vegetable stroganoff, with peppers, onions, courgette (zucchini), asparagus, aubergine (eggplant)…

Basically, if you smother it in this creamy, smoky paprika sauce, it’s going to be delicious.

Portion of creamy mushroom stroganoff mixed with rice in a bowl

15 minute mushroom stroganoff

This quick mushroom stroganoff recipe makes a healthy, tasty meal in just 15 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500 g (~ 17 1/2 oz) mushrooms, sliced or diced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 70 ml (~ 1/4 cup) vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok, and add the onion. Cook for a few minutes over a medium heat, until slightly softened. Add the garlic and sliced mushrooms, and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are thoroughly cooked.
  • Coat the mushrooms in the smoked paprika, then add the vegetable stock and sour cream. Bring to a gentle simmer, and cook until the mixture has come together into a silky sauce.
  • Season to taste, and serve topped with plenty of fresh parsley.
Course: Main meals
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: mushroom stroganoff, quick dinner, vegetarian stroganoff
Author: Becca Heyes
Nutrition Facts
15 minute mushroom stroganoff
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 93
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.3g 16%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Potassium 984mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 17.8g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4.5g 18%
Sugars 6.9g
Protein 9.8g 20%
Calcium 4%
Iron 45%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/2 the recipe, not including rice or pasta.

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