Creamy mushroom sauce

This creamy mushroom sauce recipe is simply delicious served with everything from steak to chicken and it’s a great stir-through pasta sauce. Flavored with garlic and herbs, this thick and creamy sauce will elevate any weeknight dinner you serve it with.

If you love this easy mushroom sauce recipe, try our Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce.

Easy creamy mushroom sauce


  • Butter + Olive oil. I used salted butter and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Mushrooms. I used portabellini/chestnut mushrooms/cremini mushrooms but use any mushrooms you like.
  • Fresh garlic cloves. 
  • Fresh thyme. Other herbs like oregano, rosemary and parsley can be substituted.
  • Cream. Heavy cream/whipping cream.
  • Milk mixed with cornstarch. 
  • Fresh lemon juice. 
  • Salt and black pepper. 
  • Fresh parsley. 
Easy creamy mushroom sauce

How to make creamy mushroom sauce?

Melt butter and olive oil together in a large frying pan or skillet set over high heat. Add the mushrooms then fry until golden brown. For intense flavor, it’s important to let the mushrooms brown well. The mushrooms might release a bit of liquid, simply let that evaporate and cook until golden brown. Add garlic and allow to cook for another 30 seconds.

Reduce to medium-high heat then pour the cream into the pan and bring to a simmer. Stir in the milk and cornstarch mix. Allow to simmer until the sauce has thickened and any flouriness has cooked off. (If you prefer, you can omit the cornstarch mix and reduce the sauce down to thicken. You might need to start with more cream though as this will result in less sauce, overall.) Season with lemon, salt and pepper and serve.

Can I make mushroom sauce ahead?

Yes, you can. Make the sauce as instructed then allow to cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Leftovers can be stored this way too. Reheat over medium heat in a saucepan until hot and bubbling. You could microwave the sauce but stir it every 30 seconds to prevent it from splitting. I wouldn’t advise freezing this sauce as it is likely to split once thawed.

Why did my sauce split?

With the use of cornflour in this recipe, your mushroom sauce shouldn’t split as there is starch keeping the water and fat molecules together. A sauce splits when too much water has evaporated and there is nothing for the fat to emulsify with. To save a split sauce, simply whisk in a few tablespoons of water to restore the balance between water and fat.

Why is my sauce lumpy?

It could be that you didn’t whisk the corn flour and milk well enough before adding it to the sauce. Whisk with a wire whisk until smooth and add a little more stock/water.

Why is my sauce pale in color?

If you didn’t allow the mushrooms to brown well, the end result will be a paler sauce. There’s nothing wrong with this but if you prefer a more golden sauce, make sure to allow the mushrooms to brown properly before adding the liquid. Also take care not to over-crowd the pan, rather frying the mushrooms in batches. Some mushroom varieties are also more pigmented. Button mushrooms are very pale in comparison to portabellini/chestnut mushrooms so it could also be the type of mushroom you used.

What to serve with mushroom sauce

This is an incredibly versatile sauce and makes a great easy dinner stirred through al dente pasta (it also makes a mean pasta bake) but is equally delicious on pork chops, chicken or steak. We also love this on thick slices of sourdough toast for a simple breakfast or brunch.

Creamy mushroom sauce

Every cook needs a good easy creamy mushroom sauce recipe. It’s perfect stirred through pasta and fantastic on grilled steak.
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Course: Sauce, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy mushroom sauce, Creamy mushroom sauce recipe, Mushroom sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 5 cups portabellini/chestnut mushrooms, halved/sliced approximately 500g/ 1 pound
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup milk mixed with 3 teaspoons corn flour/corn starch
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Heat the butter and olive oil together.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pan with the thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  • Allow the mushrooms to fry until golden brown then add the garlic and fry until fragrant. 
  • Pour in the cream and milk and allow to simmer gently for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened and cooked through.
  • Season with lemon, salt and pepper and add the parsley.
  • Serve.



Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Just made this for the family and myself and the kids LOVED it. Can’t wait for hubby to get home to try it. I did customise it a bit by adding Parmesan cheese for more of a flavour boost and it is amazing! Served with oven baked chicken breast ?

  2. This link use to go to a mushroom with fried egg recipe. Can you please bring it back??! It was a favorite adult comfort food of mine, but haven’t been able to enjoy much since having babies. We’re ready to try it as a family!

  3. Made this in large quantity to use in my restaurant, sauce absolutely fantastic, However, made 15litre on the stove and left to cool overnight, decanted into a big plastic container in the morning only to find that sauce started fermenting some 2 hours later. Please advise what could cause this to happen.

  4. Want to make this for dinner tonight. Can a cup of full cream plain yoghurt be added as a substitute to the cup of cream (I don’t have cream in my fridge)?

  5. This was wonderful! My first time ever making a sauce from scratch. I poured it over pasta… I didn’t have cornflour so I used 4 heaped teaspoons of regular white flour, and used oregano instead of thyme and garlic… My husband, who always orders mushroom cream sauce in restaurants, enthusiastically said “PUT THIS ON THE MAKE-AGAIN LIST!”
    Thank you so much!

  6. Excellent, my 10-year-old son loved it! We had it with steak and chips. I added one teaspoon of wholegrain mustard. A bit of mustard takes it to another level! I dipped my oven chips in the sauce…there was nothing left.

  7. Simply amazing….great job mixing these ingridents together…second time im making it…cant wait to break my fast :9.

    1. Me too Alhumdulillah! I made it spicier though and added some chicken bouillon and chilli pepper. I’m going to try mustard next time like another person posted. That would probably make it really tasty too!

  8. Yet to make but just curious .. to make this vegan friendly I plan to sub for soy milk or coconut milk, but just wondering if you feeling using coconut cream will work well or best to leave without (and just a little more cornstarch perhaps?) would love your thoughts! Awesome recipe and look forward to making.

    1. Hi Rosie. Yes you can use any alternative-dairy and thicken with cornstarch. I would add a little cornstarch at a time, allowing it to cook and adjust as you feel necessary. Adding too much cornstarch will result in a very thick, pasty sauce.

  9. Great recipe. Used oregano instead of thyme and worked fine. Also added some tarragon at the end for extra taste!

  10. First time making a homemade mushroom sauce and enjoyed it. Turned out a little thicker than I would like but that was my fault as I cooked it too long. Did not have any cream so use evaporated milk and it was fine. I do have a question. The nutritional values listed, is that for the whole recipe or per serving?

  11. This sounds like a terrific recipe! Can the sauce be made ahead of time and reheated prior to serving? If so, how would you recommend doing so?

  12. Quite a nice recipe. Strongly recommend. One comment, though. If you are using with another recipe that also calls for salt I recommend that you do not salt the sauce. I used with a pork tenderloin recipe that also called for salt; the result was a bit too salty. Otherwise great. BTW I also used half and half and it was perfect.

  13. Absolutely delicious!
    My kids loved it too, thank you so much for this recipe.
    We’re not meat eaters so this mushroom sauce over some pasta was great, thanks again!

  14. I made this without tweaking anything. I had shitake, cremini, and chanterelle shrooms, and I loved this sauce so much. I did omit the lemon because I was afraid it would cause the sauce to break.

  15. Fantastic!
    I haven’t used exact measures but this is great.
    Add some parmigiano and it makes wonders with pasta