Fat Ronnie’s Deep Fried Fresh Mushrooms

This one is a blast from the past. We ate these years ago. Fat Ronnie’s was located in Topeka, KN, best deep fried mushrooms ever, and they were served in brown paper bags.
Fat Ronnie's Deep Fried Fresh Mushroom's

Fat Ronnie’s Deep Fried Mushrooms

Fat Ronnie's Deep Fried Fresh Mushrooms

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  • Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Copycat Restaurnat Recipes, Snack Recipes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 6
Fat Ronnie's Deep Fried Fresh Mushrooms

These are wonderful dinner starters They are also good with Ranch dressing.


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 8 ounces Fresh Mushrooms (washed, dried, and stems removed)
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)


Place buttermilk in bowl and set aside. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder in separate bowl. Heat oil at 375 degree for frying.

Coat mushrooms with flour mixture, dip mushrooms in buttermilk, and finally coat mushrooms with flour mixture again. Place mushrooms in hot oil and do not over crowd. Oil should be about 375 degrees for deep frying. When mushrooms turn a golden brown remove and drain on absorbent paper towel. More salt may be added to mushrooms for your taste. Fried mushrooms should be served immediately for the best taste. I have found they make a great appetizer with a cheese sauce spooned on top or used as a dip.

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  • gabiewolf

    these are amazing. just what i was craving, im eating them as they come out! Ive burned myself twice!!

  • Jpgangel803

    this is a great recipe, but i think they are rad with home made ken’s honey mustard dressing.

    1/2 cup of mayo
    1/4 yellow mustard
    1/4 cup honey
    1 tsp rice wine vinegar
    salt and pepper to taste..

    Thanks Fat Ronnie… you rule.. the are better than the kind you get at Zaxby’s….

  • valleygirl

    I love, love, love this recipe — Thank you for posting and thank you Fat Ronnie for the original. Never ate there, but I can only imagine how good everything else on the menu was if the sides were soooo good!!

  • valleygirl

    I love, love, love this recipe — Thank you for posting and thank you Fat Ronnie for the original. Never ate there, but I can only imagine how good everything else on the menu was if the sides were soooo good!!

  • beverly

    We are making your deep fried mushrooms tonite. The responses that I read brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing. I worked in a school cafeteria for a lot of years and treasure recipes. Am not anyways near Topeka and never been there. We live in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. Praise the Lord, we survived Katrina. God bless Copy Kat and Ronnie too

  • Shana

    So… I had some yummy steaks that I made tonight, saw a couple of packages of white mushrooms in the fridge as I grabbed the steaks, and decided to Google a yummy recipe for fried mushrooms to dip in a sour cream horseradish sauce. I found this recipe.

    Firstly, it was DEEEEEEEELISH.
    Secondly, reading Fat Ronnie’s wife’s and son’s and customer’s comments made me feel really good. I’ve never heard of the place- it sounds like one of those local treasures that lives on in town memory for years. Thank you for the recipe and thank you for sharing the feelings and memories that cooks are driven to create with their food.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am so incredibly touched Ronnie’s family has written on those recipes. His place is one of my biggest childhood memories. It was such a treat to go there.

  • Steve Weakley

    Horseradish sauce is the best with them. Great recipe!

  • LA

    I’m going to try these tonight! I’m from the Topeka area, but never heard of Fat Ronnie’s – where were they located?
    Fat Ronnie’s is no longer in business :( Stephanie

  • http://themiddlesideoflife.blogspot.com Teresa

    This is “Fat Ronnie’s” wife and he is so thrilled to see his recipes up and alive on the web. His health is failing now (he has a multitude of health issues and has recently had his right leg amputated). He wishes that Fat Ronnie’s was still around or that we could open a “Fat Ronnie’s Jr” type of place – but only in his dreams.

    If I can get more recipes from him, I will send them. Most of them are just a “I used to do this…” type of thing.

    Anyone interested in reading about Ron can check out my blog. Most of it is about him.

    I am really sorry to hear that Ron is going through so much, his restaurant was one of my favorite memories when growing up. I know my family has always talked about going there and getting some of his tasty food. ~stephanie

    • wazello

      how do i find the blog i would love to read more and the recipes look so good

  • Fat Ronnie Jr.

    I’ll be sure to pass that along. Most of his recipes are resting safely in his head for now. He hasn’t even given them to his own son! The image you used for the mushrooms and for the Fried onions are pretty spot on. When we were talking about them, he made it a point to let me know that they *always* filled up a brown paper bag.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      For those who didn’t go to Fat Ronnie’s he served everything in paper bags, you would walk out of there with fresh steaming bags of fried goodies.

  • Fat Ronnie Jr.

    Fat Ronnie’s was owned an operated by my father, Fat Ronnie Sr. It brings me a real sense of pride to know that his food was so well remembered that people still make it 35 years later.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I just gotta say, if Fat Ronnie wants to share any more of his recipes, I would be glad to put them up. I have fond memories of that place!

      • Teresa Williams

        Stephanie, his memory is not good any more and he can only remember bits and pieces of things, but not enough to put anything together. :(

        • stephaniemanley

          If you ever want to share what he does remember, i’ll see what I can do to construct a recipe. I loved this place as a kid. I can remember my Mom stopping there before we went to the pool in the summer. Loved it.