Steamed Mussels: Here’s How a Chef Does It

Don't be intimidated by this healthy protein.

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Wanna try making mussels at home, but don’t know where to start? Most people leave seafood to the pros, but there’s no reason you can’t cook this lean protein yourself. Chef Jason Fullilove shows just how easy steaming mussels yourself can be.

The key to great mussels starts before you cook them. Check out Chef Jason’s tips for buying fresh mussels and how to clean mussels properly.

One of the most common ways to prepare mussels is by steaming them with white wine. To make steamed mussels, place the cleaned mussels in a saute pan with garlic, shallots, oil, thyme, white wine, and lemon juice. Cover the pan with a lid to trap the air in the pan (this is what creates the steaming effect).

You’ll know the steamed mussels are ready when the shells pop open. (FYI, if they are open before you cook them, you’ll definitely want to throw them out! This means they’re dead. Read: not edible.)

To round out this steamed mussels meal, serve the steamed mussels with toasted sourdough bread (or any other bread you love, such as a whole wheat dinner roll, French baguette, or breadstick). Consider using a complex carb for extra fiber. This is a common side for steamed mussels because the cooking process creates a delicious broth that is perfect for dipping bread into.

As always, don’t forget to finish your dish with more fresh herbs to enhance the flavor. Chef Jason recommends chiffonading fresh Thai basil, which is a slightly spicier, more licorice-like version of the more common sweet basil. Here’s how to chiffonade the basil into thin ribbons for your garnish.

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup shallots
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 14 medium sized mussels (4lbs)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped (Thai) basil
  • 4 tbs chopped chives
  • Optional: 2 slices of Sourdough or whole grain bread

1. Add olive oil to hot pan 2. Add garlic, shallots and thyme cook until aromatic 3. Add mussels, white wine (away from the stove), lemon juice and black pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until mussels open 4. Add basil and chives to the pot Toast or Grill the sourdough bread and serve

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves: 2
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Calories 46523%
Fat 11gr16%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 648mg28%
Carbohydrates 49gr37%
Fiber 3gr12%
Sugar 8gr16%
Protein 21gr41%

*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Lower Cholesterol