Golden, Crispy, and Bursting with Spice: Mushroom Kiev with Chili Butter

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Breaded in panko and fried until golden, these juicy mushroom Kyivs are stuffed with spicy rose harissa butter and served with cooling yoghurt for an indulgent dinner dish.

Perhaps the beloved Kyiv has made a comeback on pub menus, or perhaps it never really went out of style – either way, we urge you to try this veggie version for which you’ll most definitely require a steak knife, a fork and a good appetite. Serve this in the colder months with mashed potatoes, or for a lighter take, with the lemony side-of-greens.




  • 8 large portobello mushrooms (roughly 10–12cm in diameter), stems removed
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1 large egg plus 2 large yolks, well beaten together
  • 70g panko
  • 400ml sunflower oil
  • 200g Greek-style yoghurt
  • salt
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges, to serve

For the harissa butter

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp rose harissa, store-bought or homemade
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp ground coriander
  • ¾ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder or paprika
  • 5g fresh coriander, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan.
  2. Put the mushrooms, stem side up, into a large ovenproof sauté pan, for which you have a lid, overlapping slightly. In a jug, mix together the stock, soy sauce and ¼ teaspoon salt and pour this all over the mushrooms. Cover the surface with a piece of baking parchment, then top with the lid and bake for 35–40 minutes, until cooked through. Remove the lid and paper and transfer the mushrooms to a sieve to drain. Discard the liquid (or save it for another use). Pat dry the mushrooms very well – you want to remove as much moisture as possible. Leave to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, make the harissa butter. In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, harissa, garlic, spices, coriander and ½ teaspoon of salt until evenly combined. Measure out 70g of this mixture and set aside for later. When the mushrooms are cool, place four of them on a plate (stem side up) and divide the rest of the harissa butter between them. Sandwich them with the other four mushrooms (stem side down) and press them down to try to seal in the butter.
  4. Place the flour, beaten eggs and panko in three separate medium bowls. Season the panko with ½ teaspoon salt. Coat each mushroom sandwich in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip into the egg mixture followed by the panko. You want to double coat the sides, so roll the sides back in the egg, and again in the panko. Transfer to a plate and freeze for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Heat the sunflower oil in a medium, high-sided sauté pan over a medium-high heat. Test if it’s hot enough by sprinkling in a little panko. It should sizzle but not colour right away. Add the mushrooms and fry for about 4 minutes on each side, until deeply golden. Turn down the heat if they colour too quickly; you want the butter to melt through the centre. Transfer to a baking tray lined with kitchen paper.
  6. Gently heat through the reserved 70g of harissa butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat, whisking all the while to keep it from splitting. Turn down the heat if necessary.
  7. Divide the yoghurt between four plates, spreading it into a circle with the back of a spoon. Top each with a Kyiv and a lime wedge and serve warm, with the extra harissa butter alongside.
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About the Author: Jenny Kristy

Spice Seeker, Recipe Weaver, Nomad Chef |With a passport bursting with stamps and a pantry overflowing with global spices, Jenny Kristy isn't just a cook, she's a culinary nomad. Her travels fuel her passion, transforming exotic flavors into recipes that tantalize and transport. She weaves magic in her kitchen, sharing her adventures through meals that whisper of Marrakesh markets and Tuscan trattorias. From teaching sushi to whipping up Moroccan masterpieces, Jenny ignites wanderlust and connects cultures, one delicious bite at a time.

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