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Teracotta dish filled with garlic button mushrooms and parsley. The dish is on a white tea towel and there are miniature forks in the background

Easy Garlic Mushrooms – Spanish Tapas Style (setas al ajillo)

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  • Author: Nina Mills
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 as a tapas dish, or 1 if you are a mushroom lover and don’t want to share! 1x
  • Category: Tapas, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Spanish


Golden, garlicky nuggets served Spanish tapas style. These easy garlic mushrooms are quick to prepare and will be quickly eaten!


  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 cloves of garlic sliced, chopped or grated
  • 150g button mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tablespoon dry sherry or apera (see note)
  • Chopped parsley


  1. In a small fry pan, heat the oil over a low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute to soften (you don’t want browned garlic here)
  2. Add mushrooms and turn the heat up to medium high. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 6 or 7 minutes until the mushrooms are tender (you can test this by piercing them with a knife- if the knife slides in easily they are done!)
  3. Add the sherry and cook for another 2 minutes
  4. Toss through the parsley and serve immediately


I used Golden Oak Medium Apera (I don’t cook with alcohol, so I was just winging it in the bottle shop!!)

Sherry Substitutes
You can use white wine if you don’t have any sherry. I have also found – and I know this might be breaking all of the ‘rules’ given it is meant to be a Spanish style dish – but Shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine) also works fine.

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