chilli mushroom

Chilli Mushroom

Updated: August 10, 2022, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Chilli mushroom made under 15 minutes with mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers, soya sauce, chilli sauce and garlic. My quick home style chilli mushroom is easier, healthier and delicious, all without deep frying mushrooms! Serve it as a snack, party appetizer or a side with your Chinese meal of hakka noodles or fried rice. The options are endless, you can also wrap it in your rotis or tortillas or simple serve it with some bread toast.

chilli mushroom

I have also shared the tips to make a gravy version of the recipe. If you are a family of mushroom lovers, this recipe is sure to please you all.

About Chilli Mushroom

Chilli mushroom is an Indo-Chinese appetizer where crisp batter fried mushrooms are tossed in a sweet and spicy chilli sauce. The saucy mushrooms taste simply delicious with a nutty and earthy aroma. Though chilli mushroom bears resemblances to Mushroom Manchurian both taste very different.

My home style recipe to make chilli mushroom is simpler and tastes delicious all without deep frying the mushrooms. Moreover there is no use of refined flour like corn starch or all-purpose flour in the recipe.

We saute the mushrooms on a high heat to bring out the earthy aroma and toss it in sauce. Isn’t that simple?

Yes it’s as simple as I just said. The key step in this recipe is that you need to balance the sweet, spice and tang for the perfect taste and texture. With so many different brands of sauces available in the market, we want to get the best and right results so you need to adjust the quantities of sauces.

This recipe uses a moderately generous amount of olive oil or peanut oil that gives the chilli mushroom a great flavour and taste. So do not skimp on the oil.

You can easily transform my saucy semi-dry chilli mushroom to gravy version by simply using a small quantity of corn starch and more sauces. For that stir in half a teaspoon of corn flour with ¼ cup of luke warm.

Break up the lumps and pour it to the skillet at the last step. Bring it to a boil on a medium heat. Turn off when it thickens slightly. Add more sauces as needed to taste.

chilli mushroom recipe

If you like to make a restaurant style chilli mushroom, you can follow the recipe of
chilli potato
chilli paneer
Just add the fried mushrooms in the boiling sauce.

More Mushroom recipes
Mushroom biryani
Mushroom manchurian
Garlic mushrooms

How to Make Chilli Mushroom

1. Chop 2 to 3 stalks of spring onions, half cup bell peppers, 2 to 3 garlic cloves and 1 cup mushrooms (quartered). Slit 1 green chili if using.

2. Heat 1 to 1½ tablespoons olive oil or peanut oil in a pan on a high flame. Choose the larger burner on your stovetop and regulate to the highest flame. Saute garlic in oil until aromatic, for 30 to 60 seconds without burning.

sauteing garlic for chilli mushroom stir fry

3. Add 1 cup sliced or cut mushrooms along with 1 deseeded slit chili.

frying in garlic oil for chilli mushroom recipe

4. Saute for 2 to 3 mins.

sauteing on high flame

5. Add spring onions and capsicum. Saute until half done, the capsicums must be crunchy. This may take about 2 to 3 mins.

capsicum onions for chilli mushroom stir fry recipe

6. Add 1 tablespoon soya sauce or tamari.

soya sauce in chilli mushroom stir fry recipe

7. Add 1½ to 2 tablespoons red chili sauce, ¾ to 1 tablespoon tomato sauce and sugar (optional). Add more sauce if needed.

sauces for chilli mushroom

8. Add 2 to 3 tbsp water all over. Stir and toss well. When the sauce reaches a thick consistency, Switch off. Taste the sauce and add more salt if desired. I have not added as the sauces already have salt in them.

addition of water

Serve Hot with hakka noodles or veg fried rice.

chilli mushroom stir fry

Recipe Card

chilli mushroom

Chinese Chilli Mushroom Recipe

4.94 from 58 votes
Chilli mushroom is a popular Indo-Chinese appetizer of mushrooms tossed in sweet, spicy and slightly tangy chilli sauce. Serve it as a appetizer or a side with noodles and fried rice.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time12 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup button mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
  • ½ cup bell pepper / capsicum cubed
  • cup spring onions (3 stalks)
  • 1 green chili (slit and remove seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic , chopped, 2 to 3 cloves
  • 1 to 1½ tablespoon olive oil or peanut oil or any
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce or tamari (adjust to taste)
  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons chili sauce (adjust to taste)
  • ¾ to 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup or tomato sauce (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper (crushed)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water



  • Stir in soya sauce, tomato ketchup and red chili sauce in a small bowl. Taste test and add salt or sugar if you want.
  • Rinse mushrooms well under running water. Slice or halve or quarter them.

How to make chilli mushroom

  • Heat oil in a wok/skillet, on a medium high heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté for 30 to 60 seconds until aromatic. Do not brown it.
  • Next add mushrooms and slit green chilli. Saute for 2 mins.
  • Add the capsicum and half of the spring onions, toss and fry till the capsicums are almost cooked yet crunchy.
  • Make sure mushrooms are cooked yet not mushy.
  • Add the sauces to the skillet all over and pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Quickly stir well. The water immediately blends with the sauce and evaporates.
  • Next sprinkle black pepper. Toss and fry for another min or until the sauce thickens.
  • Check salt and add more sauces to suit your taste. Chili sauce & ketchup already have salt so I have not used. Off the heat.
  • Serve chilli mushroom with hakka noodles or fried rice.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Chilli Mushroom Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 771mg34%
Potassium 796mg23%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 2900IU58%
Vitamin C 121.3mg147%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
My cooking time and knowledge improved alot.. thanks Swasthi…

Your recipes are simple and easy. Thanks for sharing. one clarification needed. at what stage is the sugar added? TIA

5 stars
Thank you very much I don’t know
Cooking but by reading this I can
do dishes Thank you very much.

5 stars
This recipe is amazing and super easy to make!!! Also literally everything other recipe I’ve made has been ? thank you so much for sharing them!!!

Liked it. Easy … simple and understandable.

3 stars
You have mentioned onion in ingredients but forgot to put it in recipe.

4 stars
Hi hello
I made u r dish called chilly mushroom and I did expect like u made but unfortunately it has become something sweet salty chilly or something else?anyways thanks for the ingredients ???

Hi…When i added mushrooms to sauté, they sweated lots of water and got shrinker after cooked….

4 stars
Tried out the recipe… i found out tat measurements of sauces used were different… i had to add more to get the taste… after lot of trial i cud get the desired taste.
Ps. M new to cooking :p

Very good infarmation

5 stars
Very easy to prepare and very tasty.

What a colourful dish! Loving it 🙂

wow superb and yummy it looks!!<br /><br />first time at your space and following.<br /><br />Following you!!

Restaurant style,makes me drool..

Very attractive and super tempting chilli mushroom..Highly irresistible.

looks so yummy &amp; nice clicks!

one of my fav starter at any resto..looks gorgeous..<br /><br />

Delicious, colorful mushroom dry, loved it…

hmmm yummilicious and lip smacking chilli mushroom recipe.

Hi Swasthi,..chilli mushrooms look delicious dear.Lovely click.<br />Have a lovely week ahead 🙂

really yummy dear.