I’ve never really thought about becoming a vegetarian because I’m obsessed with steak.  But, if for some medical reason I needed to give up meat, I think I would grill these giant mushroom caps at least once a week.  To me they’re the steaks of the vegetable world!

Whether you call them portabella mushrooms or portobello mushrooms, they’re incredibly tasty and meaty.  They’re also low in calories and full of good for you minerals along with some fiber, protein and iron.


Grilling the mushrooms is easy.  The hardest part is deciding what salt to use.  You want a coarse crunchy salt to give a contrasting texture to the chewy mushroom.  Since I first cooked portobello mushroom caps in Hawaii, I’ve always used Ono Hawaiian Seasoning Salt on them.  Ono means “good” in the sense of tasting good. When something is REALLY good, we call it “onolicious”!

I first had this seasoning on chicken at a fundraiser when I was 14.  It was so good that I ate 3 pieces of chicken in ten minutes!  It’s basically very coarse sea salt with cracked pepper, ginger and garlic.  I now use it on everything from steak to vegetables.  I use it as often as I use alaea, my other favorite Hawaiian salt.

You can buy the Ono salt online but if you have an Asian market near you, check there first.  It should be cheaper.  I can get it for about $5 at mine.  You would not believe the one person party I had when I found the Hawaii section my local Asian market!  If you just use a plain coarse sea salt, add a little fresh ground pepper.

There all all sorts of ways to cook these beautiful giant mushroom caps, I just find this the easiest.  Have you cooked with them before?


Grilled Portobello Mushroom Cap Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 6-10 minutes
Total time: 11-15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings


  • 2
    Portabello Mushrooms
  • 2 TBS
    olive oil
  • 1 tsp
    coarse seasoned salt

Cooking Directions

  1. Remove the mushrooms stems (save them in your freezer for stock). Rinse the caps and gently pat them dry.
  2. Rub each cap with 1 TBS of olive oil.
  3. Grill for 5 minutes on each side until they have shriveled slightly.
  4. Remove from grill and sprinkle with salt.

Approximate cost/serving:  I can usually get portabella mushrooms for less than $1 each so it comes out to about $1 per serving.

Vegetarian/Gluten Free:  Yes to both and vegan too!

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