Mushroom Skewers

I’m the only mushroom eater in the house. So when I made these skewers, I ate one serving as a side and had a whole bunch of leftovers laying around in the fridge for an unknown, unplanned use. The next day, I tried them in a sandwich. Two days later, in another one. They were a delicious change from my usual lunches and a great way to cut back on meat a bit.

A quick whisking of harissa, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and oregano yielded a very flavorful marinade for these baby bellas. Roast or grill them. Serve them warm or at room temperature.

On a newsy note, I’m knee-deep in redesigning the blog with the help of a very talented designer, as well as jotting down ideas of what to bake for Dinners & Dreams’ upcoming second birthday.

Both the new look and the celebratory cake are coming soon!




Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min


1/2 tablespoon harissa
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
8 ounces baby portobello mushrooms, halved lengthwise


Whisk the harissa, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and oregano together in a medium bowl.

Add the halved mushrooms and toss well to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or Preheat the grill, if grilling.

Thread the mushrooms onto pre-soaked bamboo skewers. Roast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or grill them, 5 minutes per side.



60 Responses to “Mushroom Skewers”

  1. 1

    Kalyn — 10/05/2011 @ 8:19 pm

    Can't wait to see the new design. And the mushroom skewers look fantastic.

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    The Teacher Cooks — 10/05/2011 @ 8:27 pm

    I want to try one of these right now. Beautiful!

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    Dzoli — 10/05/2011 @ 10:32 pm

    I think you love mushrooms as much as I do as I see them often on your blog.Another great idea:)

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    Laura at The Art of Cooking Real Food — 10/06/2011 @ 12:30 am

    Mmm! I love mushrooms and those look fantastic!

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    Anonymous — 10/06/2011 @ 12:48 am

    Chicken with mushrooms and heavy cream are a delight.
    Your mushroom skewers look fantastic.
    You have a huge talent as a photographer on top of being a great cook.
    Thanks for sharing.
    You are one great Moroccan lady.

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    Yasmeen — 10/06/2011 @ 9:29 am

    Ooh, looking forward to seeing the redesign! I'm doing mine as well :)

    Love the look of these mushrooms, absolutely bursting with flavor and juice.

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    Tanya - Three Square Meals — 10/06/2011 @ 10:20 am

    I LOVE mushrooms. You achieved some great color on your mushrooms. I have never tried harissa before but I will try it now! Thanks.

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    Nisrine — 10/06/2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Anonymous– Thank you for the kind comment. I appreciate you taking the time to write it.

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    Sook — 10/07/2011 @ 6:18 pm

    Good luck with the new design of your blog! That's always fun! The mushrooms look perfect!

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    foodwanderings — 10/07/2011 @ 8:09 pm

    I love mushrooms but you elevate them here even firther. Love the skewers!! Simply delicious!

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    Katherine Martinelli — 10/08/2011 @ 11:06 pm

    The only mushroom lover?! Well, I'm a mushroom lover and these look amazing! I love the flavors! Can't wait to see the redesign (although I think your blog looks great as it is!)

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    Eliana — 10/12/2011 @ 8:15 pm

    I have never seen mushrooms look more delicious. They almost look too good to eat!

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    Colleen — 02/28/2012 @ 2:04 pm

    These look great! I think I will try them with baby bellas and have them as an appetizer!

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    mona c — 02/28/2012 @ 7:49 pm

    I love mushrooms too. Cant wait to try it.

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    Tammy — 02/28/2012 @ 8:30 pm

    What is harissa?! I’ve never heard of it. What type of flavouring is it? IOW – could you substitute it with something else?

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    Nisrine — 02/29/2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Tammy, you may use any other hot pepper sauce like Tabasco or Sriracha.

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    Anna — 03/04/2012 @ 8:45 pm

    Made these tonight – delish!

    • Nisrine replied: — March 24th, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

      Wonderful to hear.

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    Heather — 03/07/2012 @ 10:20 pm

    I love Harissa since visiting North Africa…look forward to this!

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    Danielle — 03/20/2012 @ 10:54 pm

    I just made these, they were outstanding! what a great combo the harissa and the balsamic! Thank you!

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    Deb Casanueva — 03/22/2012 @ 12:54 pm

    Hi! My name is Deborah Casanueva and I’ve been reading and trying the recipes on your site for a little bit now. This recipe for mushroom skewers you posted was so simple to do, and tasted so good, I’d like to nominate it for an award at this other site I go to. They’re having a contest and they are looking for good recipes there. They say that one of the prizes will be more people looking at your site…and there’s a bunch of other stuff as well-I’m not sure what it all is, but it sounds like a good thing.
    If there are other people here that would like to vote this recipe up, they can go to and vote there. If you don’t want this, let me know and I can go back and take it out, but I really think that more people should see this

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    Nisrine — 03/24/2012 @ 8:40 pm

    Danielle and deb, I’m happy you liked them. Thanks for letting me know.

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    Michelle — 04/10/2012 @ 7:11 am

    Can you find Harissa in any supermarket? If so, what area, produce?

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    Nisrine — 04/12/2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Michelle, you can buy it on Amazon. You can also use another type of hot sauce like Sriracha.

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    Carol — 04/27/2012 @ 12:49 am

    I love Mushrooms, and so does my husband. This looks wonderful !

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    Carol Glasscock — 04/27/2012 @ 12:50 am

    My husband and I love3 mushrooms, and these look wonderful !

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    Bridgette Leske-Heed — 05/06/2012 @ 8:39 pm

    I made these for my husband this evening and he LOVED them. I’m not a mushroom fan so didn’t try them but he asked for me to make them again. I shared your recipe post at my own blog thank you so much!

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    Kevin — 05/20/2012 @ 6:25 pm

    These look delicious! I am a mushroom fiend and a caterer in San Jose. I can’t want to use this recipe. Thanks so much.

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    Paula — 06/01/2012 @ 9:18 pm

    I bought everything to make these tomorrow..or so I thought. I found Harissa in the spice aisle and it’s a powdered spice. Now that I’m getting ready to make these I realize that the Harissa that you are referring to is a paste or liquid. Would I be better off using just regular hot sauce or would it be worth trying the Harissa in powder form?

    • Nisrine replied: — June 2nd, 2012 @ 7:47 am

      Paula, I have never used the powdered kind. I would use regular hot sauce instead.

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    ronda b — 06/16/2012 @ 2:53 pm

    have these marinating now, can;t wait to get them on the grill!

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    JohanneGagnon — 07/05/2012 @ 6:44 am

    wonderful blog and your recipes look yummy ! i will share your link and photo {wich i found on pinterest } on my blog , if it is ok ….

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    Janell — 07/07/2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Hi there, just curious as to what food isle would I find this harissa sauce? And what type of flavor is it? Thanks in advance for your reply. i am looking forward to trying it out.

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    Nisrine — 07/07/2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Janell, I buy harissa online. I’ve never seen it at the grocery store. Sriracha, Tabasco or any other hot pepper sauce will work beautifully as a substitute.

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    Jeff — 08/08/2012 @ 11:24 am

    Your line “I’m on a mission to save the world with wholesome recipes” drew me to read your site. Amazing! Thank you for sharing. My wife calls me a Food Snob. I consider myself a Divine Foodie. I love being the person that everyone defers to for food/restaurant recommendations.

    Check out my site should you get the chance,

    Foodie Jeff

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    Cheryl Huerta — 09/12/2012 @ 3:44 pm

    I am not a big fan of mushrooms but my husband loves them. I am going to Bristol farms to buy the Harissa paste tomorrow and make them this weekend. I am going to try them too!!! Thats how good they look!!!!!!!

    Thank you for putting this on your site.


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    marla — 09/15/2012 @ 7:53 am

    Such a fun idea to put mushrooms on skewers!

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    Leah — 09/16/2012 @ 8:24 am

    I’m the only mushroom eater in my household too – I’ll have to try this as a side one night (and maybe convince my boyfriend to try them!) :P

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    m — 10/02/2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Hubby loved the mushrooms, used chili paste instead of hariisa (didnt have it) and grilled them in my grill pan because i dont have skerwers either! they were great, thanks for the recipe

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    Nisrine — 10/02/2012 @ 6:26 pm


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    Antoinette — 01/02/2013 @ 4:20 pm

    About to try these…found the harrisa at whole foods grocery store

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    Louisa Evans — 01/10/2013 @ 5:16 am

    These are possibly the best mushrooms EVER !

    I didn’t have Harissa, so used ground chilli powder, cooked on the BBQ grill, with an extra splash of balsamic before I turned them over…

    The only problem, I should have cooked more! Only 4 half mushrooms left!

    Hello breakfast omellette

    Thanks for this it’s so simple, yet so tasty :)

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    Carol White — 02/25/2013 @ 10:41 am

    these look amazing, but i don’t really like spicy stuff. can you offer another flavorful option that is not spicy?

    • Nisrine replied: — February 26th, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      Perhaps mild red pepper paste or tomato paste would work. Let me know how it turns out.

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    Xella — 03/05/2013 @ 9:25 am

    I absolutely love mushrooms in ever constellation! I could eat them every day so it’s good that they are healthy.

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    Aggie — 04/19/2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Oh I love mushrooms, these look absolutely delicious!

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    Michele — 05/12/2013 @ 7:23 pm

    Didn’t have harissa (although my brother has been living in Morocco for the past few months so I will have to ask him to bring some home to me) so I used Chinese chili paste. They were so good! I wish we had had leftovers!

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    Patti — 07/08/2013 @ 4:43 pm

    Making these for the 2nd time this week using Sambal Oelek.First time I tasted about 2 before putting them out in a bowl for mushroom lovers in the family, and when I went back to get more, they were gone! I’m home alone this time :-)

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    ekto-kim — 07/13/2013 @ 9:42 am

    i will try the mushrooms tomorrow when grilling with my parents. I’m sure they will be great, I don’t like meat alot and try to test grilling evety vegetable I can find. ;) If it’s okay, i would like to post a link to your side from my blog for my readers. You have a wonderful blog!

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    April — 07/18/2013 @ 7:14 pm

    Could I use white mushrooms for this? I have a pou d that I would like to use on this recipe.

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    Francine — 09/03/2013 @ 7:07 am

    It’s delicious! I used champignons and it was ok too! I didn’t properly grill them, but worked as well! My version is here: Thank you!

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    Theresa — 09/05/2013 @ 11:33 am

    Fell in love with the photos… made these and did onions and garlic the same way. Added a little extra oil, chopped tomatoes from the garden and put it all on a bed of angel hair. So good!

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    Mejustsean — 11/27/2013 @ 3:58 am

    Tried and loved these…added shrimp to the mix… After soaking up this great sauce, I alternated mushroom and shrimp on the skewers…turned out just wonderful. The flavor of thr sauce was great for both …gonna make again for thanksgiving. Thanks.

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    OrnaBakes — 01/01/2014 @ 9:24 pm

    I’ve never tried harissa before and been wondering what to try it with. I make my own marinated portabellas – very similar to yours, but with a little soy sauce too. Look forward to trying your version with harissa next time!

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    Cortney — 01/28/2014 @ 8:44 pm

    Oh Em Gee. OH EM GEE! I replaced the Harissa with Sriracha (because it is what I had), and seriously… I ate half of them before they went in the oven.



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    Patricia DuBois — 03/04/2014 @ 10:25 am

    Substitute Chinese or Thai Chili Garlic Sauce for Harrisa? OK?

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    Nisrine — 03/04/2014 @ 11:38 am


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    Sara — 05/06/2014 @ 5:58 pm

    Hello! Are these very spicey?

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    Nisrine — 05/06/2014 @ 6:29 pm


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    Jackie — 05/14/2014 @ 4:05 pm

    These look great.How hot is Harissa sauce. I cant eat real hot food.

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