Is it OK to eat the gills of a portobello mushroom?

Mushroom gills are totally edible, but in some cases, they make a dish unsightly. Thankfully, removing them is pretty simple. Portobello mushrooms, however, have particularly dark gills, which can cause any dish they’re used in to turn dark and unappealing.

Do you scrape the inside of a portobello mushroom?

The stems of large portabella, while technically edible, can be woody and fibrous and are usually discarded (or used to flavor stock). Likewise, the dark black gills can be eaten, but they‘ll turn your food a nasty, murky, scuzzy brown, so it’s best to scrape’em out.

How do I cook portobello mushroom caps?

Brush portobello caps evenly with olive oil, season with salt and pepper on both sides and place them stem side down on a baking sheet. Roast for 5–10 minutes, depending on the size of the caps. (You want tender caps with crisp tops, but not soggy. The longer the caps roast, the more moisture they’ll release.)

Should you remove the gills from a portobello mushroom?

Test Kitchen Tip: Gills do not have to be removed from portobello mushrooms to eat them, but if you‘re planning to stuff them, the gills will be in your way. For grilled portobello burgers and other nonstuffed mushroom recipes, you may leave the gills for richer flavor.