Skip to content

Muscles, Mussels …How To Cook Mussels

May 19, 2014


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.

DSCF3359 DSCF3356


       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

DSCF3361 DSCF3360

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


where frugal & elegance come together


my journey in gluten free healthy living

Memoirs of a Mostly Together Mom

(Mis)Adventures of an ExPat family in Paris

Love Sorghum

Experiments with Sorghum and Talk about Celiac Disease


A vegetarian's notes on healthy cooking


A fine site

My Botanical Garden

Tamara Jare contemporary painting blog



The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

Tall. Black. One Sugar

Sometimes you have to hold your tongue, other times you have to say it as you see it.

Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

This Is Not My World

a filmmaker's memoir in the making

unwind cooking

Cook and Unwind while Sipping a Glass of Wine

Bunny Kitchen

Exploring the possibilities of cruelty free food


superfood recipes inspired by the world's cuisines

%d bloggers like this: