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Creamy Mushroom Sauce

This creamy mushroom sauce is simple to make and takes everything from steak, pork, and chicken, to pasta and veggies from ordinary to over-the-top delicious.


Creamy mushroom sauce in a pan with a spoon

Good-On-Everything Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Just about anything tastes better when topped with a drizzle of creamy sauce, right? From chicken dinners to pork loin to seared steak, a pour rich and luscious mushroom sauce transforms simple meals into swoon-worthy dinners.

raw mushrooms quartered in a bowl with salt and butter

How Do You Make Creamy Mushroom Sauce?

Ultra-flavorful, creamy mushroom sauce is deceptively easy to make. Here's how:

  1. Quarter mushrooms—either white button or cremini work great—and chop some fresh thyme.
  2. Add the quartered mushrooms to a dry skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add salt, and cook 2 more minutes to let the mushrooms sweat out a little moisture. Then add a bit of butter.
  4. Now that the mushrooms are browned and buttery, add thyme, heavy cream, and soy sauce or tamari. Turn the heat down to low and stir for a few minutes until the mushroom sauce is nice and thick.
  5. Pour the completed sauce on pasta, steak, chicken—it'll be delicious on just about anything!
quartered mushrooms in a pan
quartered mushrooms browning in a pan
quartered mushrooms in a pan with butter
Mushroom cream sauce in a pan

Tips For Making THE Best Mushroom Sauce:

One of our favorite things about this herby, savory, creamy mushroom sauce is that it's hard to mess up, there are a few things to keep in mind as you cook.

  • Pay attention to your heat. Medium heat is your friend when you're browning the mushrooms—too high and they'll brown too fast, too low and the mushrooms will be pale. And once you add the cream, you want to drop that heat down to low so the cream doesn't break.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan. Especially if you double this recipe (good call!) you'll need to brown the mushrooms in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Soy sauce or tamari? You can use either with very similar results! Tamari is the gluten-free alternative to soy sauce. A dash of soy sauce or tamari ups the umami of this creamy sauce, and pairs perfectly with savory mushrooms.
  • Add your own twist! This versatile sauce could easily benefit from the addition of a few cloves of fresh garlic, a pour of white wine, or additional herbs that you love. Depending on what you'll be using it on, feel free to make adjustments that fit your tastes.
mushroom cream sauce in a pan with a spoon

Wondering What To Put Your Perfect Mushroom Sauce On? (Hint, Hint...Everything!)

Simple and flavorful, this sauce is one that you'll be making again and again. The pairing possibilities are almost endless, but here are a few ways that we love to use this creamy mushroom sauce:

  • Over pasta. Creamy mushroom sauce paired with your favorite pasta makes for a dinner that is luxurious and simple—easy enough for a weeknight but definitely good enough for company, too.
  • Following a ketogenic diet? This mushroom sauce is absolutely keto-friendly—serve atop pork chops or chicken breasts cooked simply with salt and pepper.
  • Serve it as a side dish over potatoes! Roasted, baked or mashed, potatoes and mushroom sauce are a match made in heaven.
  • Creamy mushroom sauce is especially lovely with beef—the two flavors together are a classic old-school steakhouse combo that we just love. From ribeye steak to bunless burgers, there's no wrong way to pair them.
Creamy mushroom sauce in a pan with a spoon

Craving More Saucy Dishes?

When in doubt...add sauce! Here are a few of our favorite versatile dressings and sauces.

  • This Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce is as mouth-watering and delectable as it is healthy and will enliven any meal it touches. Use it on veggies, nachos, baked potatoes, even pasta!
  • Versatile and flavor-packed this Peanut Sauce is an Asian-inspired “good on everything” sauce.
  • From meatball subs, to simple spaghetti, to homemade pizza, our Three Ingredient Tomato Sauce is the perfect jumping off point for a myriad of dishes.

Did You Love It As Much As We Did?

When we first created this recipe I *might* have made it three times in one week and put it on everything that hit my dinner plate. Big results, without a lot of work? That’s my kind of cooking! If you make it and love it as much as I do, tell us about it! Post a picture of how you used the best mushroom sauce in the world to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 289


  • 1 lb mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme


  1. In a dry skillet over medium heat add the quartered mushrooms in a single layer (this might take a few batches...don't over crowd the pan). Once mushrooms have started to brown add salt and allow them to “sweat”. Sir and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
  2. When all the mushrooms are finished, add the butter to the pan.
  3. Once butter has melted and began to bubble, and all the mushrooms are coated, add in thyme, heavy cream, and tamari. Bring the sauce to a low simmer stir constantly. Cook until sauce has thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Serve warm over anything and everything.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories289
  • Protein8 g
  • Carbohydrates5 g
  • Total Fat24 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol95 mg
  • sodium1085 mg
  • Total Sugars5 g

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Questions & Reviews

Join the discussion below.

  • Mickenzie butter

    Can I add all ingredients to an insta pot over pork chops?

    We haven't tried this in an instant pot.

  • Amy Boss

    Can this sauce be frozen?

    Hi Amy, we haven't tried it but we probably wouldn't recommend it, the mushrooms might not hold up so well.

  • Nan

    How does this reheat? I'm trying to do much of my cooking on the weekend for stress free weeknight meals.

    I think it reheats beautifully!

  • Laura Howard

    Can I make this sauce and then pour it on top of chicken thighs in a dutch oven and cook them in it?

    Um, YES! That sounds amazing. Let us know how it turns out!

  • Hello Batty

    Excellent! I was lucky enough to have fresh king boletes on hand, but this would be good for ANY mushroom. I added a splash of apple cider vinegar just before adding the butter to get a wee bit of acid in for balance. Would also recommend using half the salt first and the adjusting to taste. I will be using this recipe again and again. Thank you!

    Thank you, we are so happy to hear it's a keeper!

  • Julia South

    Fantastic! I kept reading when the instructions started with a dry skillet. Mushrooms should be treated like meat; they do not need butter until they are cooked. Really great and easy recipe that should go in your personal file.

    Thank you Julia, so glad you loved it!

  • Doug

    Easy and delicious! A little saltier than I like, so I halved the tamari 2nd time I made it.
    Leftovers reheat easy and taste just as good.

    Thanks Doug! So glad you like it and have made it multiple times, yay!