Authentic Polish Marinated Mushrooms Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Authentic Polish Marinated Mushrooms Recipe

Polish marinated mushrooms are a traditional delicacy enjoyed for their tangy, earthy flavor and the aromatic blend of spices used in their preparation. They are a versatile condiment that can elevate the taste of various meals, embodying a unique taste of Polish culinary heritage.

Most Popular Ways of Serving Marinated Mushrooms

  • As a garnish on salads or charcuterie boards.
  • Served alongside meats and sausages.
  • As a flavorful addition to sandwiches and wraps.
  • Simply enjoyed on their own as a tasty appetizer.

My Tips to Make Marinated Mushrooms

  • Choose fresh, firm mushrooms for the best texture and flavor.
  • Clean the mushrooms thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Allow the mushrooms to marinate for at least 24 hours for the flavors to meld and intensify.

The Most Popular Mushrooms for Marinating

  • Button mushrooms
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Porcini mushrooms
  • Boletes
  • Bay boletes
  • Butter mushrooms

Spices for the Best Marinated Mushrooms

  • Black peppercorns
  • Bay leaves
  • Allspice berries
  • Fresh garlic
  • Whole mustard seeds

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Authentic Polish Marinated Mushrooms Recipe

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  • 1 lb 1 (450g) fresh mushrooms, cleaned and halved if large

  • 1 cup 1 (240ml) white vinegar

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (120ml) water

  • 2 2 bay leaves

  • 4 4 -5 allspice berries

  • 1 teaspoon 1 black peppercorns

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • Optional: 1-2 tablespoons olive oil for a smoother texture


  • Prepare the Mushrooms:
  • Clean the mushrooms thoroughly and cut them in half if they are large.
  • Cook the Mushrooms:
  • In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, bay leaves, allspice berries, peppercorns, garlic, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the mushrooms and reduce the heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the mushrooms are tender but still firm.
  • Marinate:
  • Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the mushrooms and liquid to a glass jar or airtight container. Drizzle with olive oil if using.
  • Seal the jar and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving, shaking occasionally to redistribute the spices.


  • You can also marinate uncooked mushrooms. Place them into the jar and pour over with the cooked and still hot marinate.
  • PASTEURIZATION: Position the lids on the jars, securely fasten the rings, and gently lower the jars back into the pot of boiling water. Ensure the jars are fully submerged; add more water if necessary. Allow the jars to boil for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer the jars onto a folded towel and let them cool for 12 hours. As they seal, you should hear a pinging sound emanating from them.

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Can I use a different type of vinegar?

Yes, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar can be used for a different flavor profile.

Can I add other herbs or spices?

Absolutely, feel free to add fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary, or other spices like crushed red pepper for a spicier kick.

How long will marinated mushrooms last?

They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. In case you want them to last longer use PASTEURIZATION method as describe in *Notes.

Can marinated mushrooms be frozen?

It’s not recommended as the texture may become mushy upon thawing.

Can I use dried mushrooms?

Fresh mushrooms are preferred for their texture, but if using dried, be sure to rehydrate them thoroughly before proceeding with the recipe.

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Angelica November 20, 2023 - 5:48 pm

Do I cook them before pasteurizing or do I put them in raw, add the hot liquid and then pasteurize? This recipe is great!

Jan Vasil November 21, 2023 - 10:45 am

Hi Angelica. Yes, the mushrooms should be simmered before pasteurizing. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the mushrooms are tender but still firm. Thank you and happy cooking, Jan


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