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Muscles, Mussels …How To Cook Mussels

May 19, 2014

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Make sure to clean and debeard your mussels before cooking. Scrub the shells to remove any seaweed, dirt and other particles on the shells. Rinse and clean each shell individually.  Try to remove as much of the beard as possible. The cold water will cause the mussels to close. If there are any that will not close give them a gentle tap.  If this does not work trash them.  Although it is said the beard is not harmful and it is edible, they are just not particularly tasty or pleasing to the eye and there will not be a problem if you cannot remove all of the bearding from the mussels.

Here’s what you need to make great steamed mussels:

    • 4 lbs. mussels
    • 3 tbsp. olive oil
    • Fresh or dried dill
    • 3 tablespoons of my special seasoning
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • Lemon juice
    • ½  cup chicken broth
    • ½ cup water

Place the liquid into a heavy large pot and cook on high until the pot is super hot and steamy then add the rest of ingredients to the pot holding the mussels for last.

Add the mussels to the pot and put on the lid.  Allow for the steam to seep from under the pot lid and the mussels to open.  This will take 6 to 8 minutes depending on how much liquid, temperature, type and size of your pot and the amount of mussels you have, I believe in the more the better.  BTW – Mussels are to be steamed, not boiled.

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       Helpful Tips

  • You can use shallot, garlic or onions with this recipe.
  • Make sure your pot is very hot before adding the mussels.
  • Suggested serving size is a pound per person. I like them a lot more than that.
  • DO NOT  boil or cover your mussels in water, they will not open. Mussels need to steam not boil.
  • Serve crusty bread with the mussels or I like to use pastas and rice pasta goes well with this dish.
  • Try serving with freshly made cocktail sauce or homemade horseradish mayo sauce

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Don Kirkendall permalink
    May 19, 2014 16:22

    If the mussels do not open after steaming, are they safe to eat?

    • May 20, 2014 09:37

      One thing I forgot to mention in the “Helpful Tips” when your mussels are cooked and refused to open, toss them.

      Remember, if mussels refuse to close before cooking they are not good ad if the mussels refuse to open after cooking toss them.

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