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Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms is a delicious and creamy mushroom recipe combined with cream, garlic, and bacon! You’ll love this quick, easy side dish that’s also low-carb and Keto.

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms Recipe

These garlic-infused mushrooms, simmered in a rich buttery cream sauce, are nothing short of spectacular. A mushroom side dish that doubles as a perfect appetizer, these savory morsels are sure to be gone as quickly as they appear on the table. Whipped up in around 20 minutes, this is going to be your go-to recipe for sautéed mushrooms. Rich, satisfying, and flavorful, these aren’t your typical mushrooms.

Quick and simple, this recipe is perfect as a main course for lunch or dinner or even as a side dish. I love mushrooms a little too much, so I’m naturally drawn to them. I love the meaty texture and genuinely appreciate their ability to absorb various flavors. I could eat them daily, starting with several Crab Stuffed Mushrooms and then making a move on today’s stunning subject, our Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon!

Why You’ll Love This Garlic Mushrooms Recipe

  • Intense Flavor: Prepared with garlic and simmered in a buttery cream sauce, these mushrooms pack a lot of flavor.
  • Dual Purpose: these mushrooms are versatile enough for any occasion and can be served as an appetizer or a side dish.
  • Quick to Prepare: In just about 20 minutes, you have a dish that looks and tastes gourmet.
  • Bacon Boost: Crispy bacon adds an extra layer of texture and flavor.
  • Easy Yet Gourmet: The recipe is quick and easy but yields a result that feels gourmet.
Close-up shot of Mushrooms side dish with Bacon in a cream sauce.

How To Make Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

A fabulous mushroom side dish recipe prepared with butter, garlic, bacon, and cream. What could be better?! Here’s an overview of what you’ll need and how to make it. For full instructions, please scroll to the recipe card below.


  • Bacon: Provides a crispy texture and a smoky flavor to the dish.
  • Butter & Olive Oil: Used to sauté and impart a rich, buttery depth to the mushrooms.
  • Garlic: Minced for a strong, aromatic flavor that infuses into the entire dish.
  • Button Mushrooms: The main star, offering a meaty texture and the ability to absorb the flavors of the dish.
  • Chili Powder: Adds a hint of heat and depth to the mushrooms.
  • Sweet Paprika: Provides a mild, smoky flavor and a pop of color.
  • Garlic Powder: Amplifies the garlic flavor for a richer profile.
  • Low Sodium Chicken Broth: Helps create a light and flavorful sauce, complementing the mushrooms and cream.
  • Heavy Cream: Adds richness and creaminess to the sauce, making it luxurious.


  1. Fry the chopped bacon until crispy, then set it aside. In the same skillet, melt the butter and heat the olive oil, then sauté your garlic, making sure it doesn’t burn.
  2. Next, add the mushrooms, coating them generously in the butter-garlic mixture. Seasoning with a blend of spices, including chili and paprika, you’ll let them cook until they’re tender and well-browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. To finish, pour in chicken broth and heavy cream, let the sauce thicken, and stir in the bacon. Garnish with fresh parsley, and your mushrooms side dish is ready to be devoured.

Tips For Choosing Mushrooms

  • Cremini, Portobello, Shiitake, Porcino – all are excellent for cooking. However, small button mushrooms are your best bet for this specific recipe. Pick Baby Portobello or simple White Button Mushrooms for the perfect bite.
  • Always start with fresh, firm mushrooms. The caps should be intact and shouldn’t be slimy or have a foul smell. This ensures they have a good texture and flavor.
  • Clean the mushrooms. Since mushrooms grow in soil, they can have a bit of grit on them. Use a damp paper towel or a soft brush to clean each mushroom gently.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding can lead to mushrooms steaming instead of browning because it lowers the pan’s temperature. If necessary, cook them in batches to ensure each one has enough space.
Close-up shot of Garlic Mushrooms with chopped bacon in a skillet.

What To Serve With Garlic Mushrooms

  • These Creamy Garlic Mushrooms truly shine when served alongside a juicy Oven Grilled Steak. There’s something about the combination of steak and mushrooms that’s just absolutely satisfying.
  • Alternatively, pair this dish with juicy chicken, honey garlic baked pork chops, or pasta. Or, savor it straight from the pan. You won’t be disappointed!
A photo of a skillet with Creamy Garlic Mushrooms and a spoon scooping up the mushrooms.

How To Store Leftovers

  • Refrigerate the mushrooms in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days. 
  • Avoid freezing cream-based mushrooms, as the sauce may split when thawed. Store the cooked mushrooms in a sealed container and freeze for up to 3 months if necessary.

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Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon

Katerina | Diethood
Deliciously Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon is a fabulous side dish prepared with sauteed mushrooms, butter, garlic, bacon, and cream. 
4.92 from 25 votes
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound small button mushrooms, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add in the chopped bacon; cook until crispy and remove from skillet. Set aside.
  • Add butter and olive oil to the skillet; once melted, lower heat to medium and stir in the garlic. Continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Do not burn the garlic.
  • Add mushrooms to the skillet and coat them all around with the butter sauce.
  • Season with chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Continue to cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender and nicely browned.
  • Add chicken broth and cook for 10 seconds.
  • Stir in the heavy cream and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat; stir in bacon and garnish with parsley.
  • Serve.


  • Don’t Crowd the Pan: When sautéing the mushrooms, make sure not to crowd the pan. Overcrowding can lead to the mushrooms steaming rather than browning.
  • Browning the Mushrooms: The flavor of the mushrooms comes out when they are properly browned. Let them sit and sear in the pan without stirring for a couple of minutes before you toss them.
  • Use Quality Bacon: A smoky, thick-cut bacon will impart the most flavor.
  • Adjust Cream to Your Preference: The recipe calls for adding heavy cream to make it creamy. If you prefer a lighter dish, you can use half-and-half or even whole milk instead.
  • Sauce Consistency: If the sauce is too thick, stir in a tablespoon or two of chicken broth. If the sauce is too thin, add a little more heavy cream.
  • Garnish: Garnish with freshly chopped herbs like parsley or thyme to add a splash of color and a boost of fresh flavor.
  • Storing Leftovers: Refrigerate the mushrooms in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days. 


Serving: 1 cup | Calories: 223 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 21 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Cholesterol: 51 mg | Sodium: 164 mg | Potassium: 300 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 600 IU | Vitamin C: 2.2 mg | Calcium: 20 mg | Iron: 0.5 mg | Net Carbs: 4 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: bacon, keto side dishes, low carb recipe, mushrooms, side dish recipe
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60 comments on “Creamy Garlic Mushrooms with Bacon”

  1. This recipe is insanely good. I have made it 5 times. I double the bacon to 8 slices because, well,,,,, it’s Bacon !! I cheat a little and use my air fryer for the bacon to avoid the splatter and then just pour the hot bacon fat into the frying pan with butter and oil. Tonight it was Pork Tenderloin with this mushroom dish as a side. The sauce is very good when poured over the pork tenderloin also. Great recipe. Thank you !

  2. I’m a mushroom lover to start with. These are outstanding! I added Marsala wine with the chicken broth for some added flavor.

  3. I wish I had seen this before my lunch today, I had eggs, bacon and mushrooms cooked in the bacon fat. Next time I cook mushrooms I am going to try this but with curry powder instead of the chili powder, and maybe add some green bell peppers and a small amount of onion. I have mushrooms in the fridge so I think I’ll make this tomorrow as a side for the brisket that I currently have on a 24 hour slow cook!

  4. A last minute winner!! Glad I had all the ingredients, I had saved the drippings from the last Sam’s chicken and so used that instead of broth. Can’t wait to try it with chicken and on steak. It was truly a winner!!

  5. Absolutely delicious! These mushrooms are amazing. They taste very complicated and impressive but are easy to make. Will be a go to for sure! We made them with steaks and a salad and it was the perfect side. Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Absolutely amazing! This is definitely a keeper.

      I substituted two spicy Italian sausage without the casings. I also added to finely chopped chicken breasts. And at the last minute I added one small finely shredded zucchini. Absolutely amazing! This is definitely a keeper.

  6. I’m in week 3 of Keto and I am so tired of eggs, avocadoes and bacon (I thought I would never utter those words!). I desperately needed something else so I tried this recipe. Thank you so much! I could eat this as my only meal and be completely satisfied. This is great because I was consuming too much protein and that wasn’t helping my diet. I like the macros in this. Thanks for brightening my day 🙂

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    Tastes great but many of these recipes are not quite “healthy” as touted. A lot of butter and excess calories can be saved if more consideration was taken to real healthy eating. 223 calories for a cup of mushrooms is 23 calories mushrooms and the rest butter.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      The recipes are low carb and keto-friendly. For some, that is “healthy” because that’s the diet that works for them, me included.

  8. These are amazing!!! I, on a whim for something different, made these and transferred to a crockpot and took to an appetizer party. While the cream sauce thinned out (due to the mushrooms kept cooking down), it was still AmAzInG. Now I am always asked to bring to all potlucks and parties.
    Thank you so much for the delicious recipe.

      1. Katerina - Diethood
        Katerina Petrovska

        To be honest, I have never tried this recipe with buttermilk, and I don’t think I would.

  9. The wife and I love this recipe making to night with steaks and going to try adding onions to it

  10. What an amazing dish. I tried a little addition of a small amount of oregano….not too much …just a dash to enhance the garlic ! Love this over pork chops. Thank you for posting

  11. Kate, these are fabulous! We chose to serve it as a sauce over baked spaghetti squash, with a side salad. Perfect!!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      You can, but just keep in mind that it won’t be as creamy as intended per the recipe.

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    Brittany M Marsh

    I’ve now made this recipe three times!!! I add in some chopped up chicken thighs to make it into a full meal and this is the perfect recipe for me to make when I do keto!!! Absolutely LOVE this recipe so much!!!

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    Karen Rasmussen

    We make this recipe all the time. We love it. At different times we will add Brussel sprouts and another time we will add asparagus. It’s always delicious.

  14. Would it be possible to make this into a freezer dump and go side recipe? Like, cook the bacon beforehand, mixing everything together in a bag, and putting in the freezer? Then when I am ready to have it, taking it out to thaw, then cooking in a crockpot?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      I have never tested this recipe in the slow cooker so I can’t say how that will turn out, but freezing it is definitely OK.

  15. I’ll just cut to the chase in two words: absolutely delicious!
    We love mushrooms and I was looking for something different when I found this recipe on Diethood. Katerina never fails, so I knew this would be good! I’ve now made them several times, sometimes without bacon, sometimes with smoked paprika, but every time delicious. Now we call them “Kate’s Mushrooms” at our house!
    Thanks, Kate!

  16. This was so good. I used pepper bacon, both portabella and white mushrooms and topped it off with grated parmesan cheese instead of parsley.. YUMMY . Thanks for the recipe

  17. I absolutely love mushrooms, but this has to be my favorite recipe of all time!! I literally licked the bowl clean, I’ll definitely put this into dinner rotation, thanks for sharing!

      1. Katerina - Diethood
        Katerina Petrovska

        Yes, you technically can, but it needs to be at room temperature, and when you add it to the sauce, you will have to whisk it vigorously so you don’t end up with a grainy sauce.

  18. Can you make these ahead of time or will they become mushy? Looking to bring this and not serve for at least 2 hours? Any recommendations?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! I think you’ll be okay because these should hold up a few hours before starting to get mushy. I’d also suggest to undercook them a little bit since they will continue to cook as they cool down, and since you’re not serving them right away, they will cook perfectly while cooling.

  19. This is amazing! Question. There are two serving sizes listed. Is the servicing size a cup? Because this made a little over two cups. Or is the serving size diving this 6 ways?

  20. I have recently started on my keto lifestyle change and unfortunately I am not a huge fan of mushrooms.

    I now LOVE mushrooms. This recipe is AMAZING and TASTY.

    Honestly love this sauce so much.

  21. Ummmmmmm, these are amazing! I’ve started Keto and these hit the spot! They taste just like Olive Garden’s, ravioli di portobello. Just delicious. Thank you!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      No, but if you feel like there’s just too much bacon grease in there, you can certainly remove some and leave just a tad bit for taste.

  22. How do you brown the mushrooms for 5 to 7 minutes on medium high heat without burning the garlic that is already in the skillet?

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