When a professional mushroom guide mentioned "fire-roasted morels" during a mushrooming foray I was on in the mountain woods, my ears perked up. For all my love of mushrooms and all my grilling ways, I had never used live fire to cook morel mushrooms. I fixed that pronto, was won over, and now need to spread the deliciousness.
Just to be clear before you get started: the key to fully cooked yet tender, juicy, and delicious grilled morels is the melted butter. It adds some richness of flavor, the fat in it helps bring out the flavor of the morel, and it helps the mushroom cook evenly without drying out over the flames. Some people may find themselves wanting to use less butter; do not give in to this temptation.
As this is as much a method as a recipes, feel free to grill more (or fewer) mushrooms as your supply and crowd requires.
- 1 pound fresh morel mushrooms
- 3 to 4 tablespoons butter
- Sea salt to taste
- Heat a gas or charcoal grill to an even medium-hot heat (you should be able to hold your hand about 1 inch over the cooking grate for a full 3 to 4 seconds before pulling it away from the heat). Meanwhile...
- Clearly, you'll want to start with thoroughly cleaned morel mushrooms. I usually recommend keeping mushrooms' contact with water to an absolute minimum, but not with morels. All those spongey holes are just way too likely to contain grit, so drop the morels in a large bowl of cool water, swish them around to loosen any dirt and grit, and lift the mushrooms out of the water onto a clean kitchen towel or layers of paper towels. You can check out How to Clean Morels here if you've never done it before.
- Trim off and discard and touch stems or damaged bits from the mushrooms. Put the cleaned and trimmed morels in a large bowl.
- Melt the butter and drizzle it over the mushrooms. Toss gently but thoroughly to coat the mushrooms evenly with the butter. Sprinkle the mushrooms with sea salt and toss again.
- If the morels are large, simply set them on the cooking grate of the pre-heated grill. Thread smaller morels on grilling skewers before setting them on the grill.
- Cook 8 minutes, turn the mushrooms over and continue cooking until the mushrooms are cooked through with some charred and crispy bits on the edges, about 8 more minutes.
Serve grilled morels piping hot.
(Have too many morels to eat them fresh? Try drying them!)