Steamed Mussels Recipe with White Wine Broth

How to make perfect steamed mussels in a broth made with white wine, garlic, and shallots. Jump to the Steamed Mussels Recipe with White Wine or read on to see our tips for making them.

How to Make Steam Mussels in White Wine Broth

It is so easy to make steamed mussels at home. Shallots, garlic, and white wine make the perfect broth. As the mussels steam, the broth gets trapped inside the shells. It’s divine, plus, the leftover broth is perfect for soaking up with a good loaf of bread.

We love this steamed mussels recipe so much, we make it often. The mussels are cheap and the list of ingredients is low.

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How to Cook Mussels Perfectly, Every time

If you have never made steamed mussels before at home, here are our best tips for making them.

  1. Buy mussels from a trusted seafood counter. The nice thing about mussels is the price, even at a gourmet or pricy store you will only be paying about $5 to $6 a pound.
  2. Remember that when you buy them, mussels are alive. The moment you get home from the store, take them off any ice, unwrap them and store in a cool area.
  3. Look through the mussels, if you find any cracked, chipped or open mussels, discard them.
  4. About 20 minutes before making the recipe, place the mussels in a bowl full of fresh water. As the mussels breathe they will expel any sand or grit that is inside the shells.
  5. Most mussels will have a “beard,” which is just the fibers that emerge from the shell of the mussel. It’s best to remove this. To remove it, hold a mussel in one hand using a dry towel. Then, pull the beard out and away from the mussel with your other hand. Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to remove, but will come out.
  6. Use a firm brush to remove extra sand and the odd barnacle. Rinse the cleaned mussels under cold water, and then move on to cooking them.
  7. After steaming, if any of the steamed mussels have not opened, discard them.

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2009. Since posting this in 2009, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Steamed Mussels Recipe with White Wine Broth

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Shallots, garlic and white wine make the perfect broth for steamed mussels. When cooking mussels if any are open before cooking, discard them. Once cooked, if any have not opened, discard those also. Serve the mussels in a big bowl with bread on the side so you can sop up all that delicious broth.

Makes 2 generous servings

You Will Need

2 pounds mussels, cleaned

1 tablespoon butter

2 small shallots
, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup low-sodium chicken stock, see our easy chicken stock recipe

1/2 cup dry white wine

Splash heavy cream

1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Lemon wedges, for serving

1 baguette, warmed for serving

Directions

    Melt butter in a large pot with lid over medium heat. When the butter begins to bubble, stir in the shallot and garlic. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

    Add the chicken stock, white wine, and mussels then give them a good toss. Cover the pot with its lid and cook until all mussels have opened, 6 to 10 minutes. If any mussels do not open, discard them.

    Remove the pot from the heat then stir in the cream and parsley. Taste the broth then adjust to taste with salt, pepper, or more cream.

    Serve in big bowls with lemon wedges and plenty of warmed bread to sop up the broth.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to Clean Mussels: Look through the mussels, if you find any cracked, chipped or open mussels, discard them. About 20 minutes before making the recipe, place the mussels in a bowl full of fresh water. As the mussels breathe they will expel any sand or grit that is inside the shells. Most mussels will have a “beard,”which is just the fibers that emerge from the shell of the mussel. It’s best to remove this. To remove it, hold a mussel in one hand using a dry towel. Then, pull the beard out and away from the mussel with your other hand. Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to remove, but will come out. Finally, use a firm brush to remove extra sand and the odd barnacle. Rinse the cleaned mussels under cold water, and then move on to cooking them.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We did not include bread in the calculations.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 510 / Protein 48 g / Carbohydrate 28 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 6 g / Total Fat 17 g / Saturated Fat 7 g / Cholesterol 133 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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30 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Ty January 28, 2014, 4:51 pm

    Am I the only one freaking about the mussels being alive. Deep breaths. I can do this.

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    • Joanne January 30, 2014, 12:25 pm

      You can totally do this!!!

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    • Mia April 2, 2014, 2:57 am

      That freaks me out too.. the thought of holding them and tugging the beards off… I can almost hear their little imaginary screams! 😉 But that’ll be the last thing on my mind when i’m tucking into my piping hot bowl of mussels in wine.. Yum!

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      • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:41 am

        Haha … it’s worth it 🙂

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      • Maggie November 24, 2017, 10:04 am

        Ha ha I know what you mean but the deliciousness of them of make up for it

        Reply
  • Laurie M. February 7, 2013, 9:11 pm

    If I may: reminds me of a joke (one of the few I can remember)
    What do you get when you cross an owl with a clam?

    A mussell that stays up aaaawwwwwlllllll nite!!

    Can’t wait to try your marvelously easy recipe!!

    Reply
  • Amber August 13, 2012, 6:02 pm

    This recipe sounds lovely! What kind of cream should I use? Sour cream?

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    • Joanne August 14, 2012, 10:34 am

      No, use heavy or whipping cream. It makes the broth silky and delish.

      Reply
  • susan July 3, 2011, 2:32 pm

    great tips! we used a cast iron skillet on the grill til it was very hot; threw the fat, shallots and garlic in, then the mussels. put the grill lid down d
    for about 3min, opened up and added the liquid. sprinkled on fresh herbs just before serving. the hit of the BBQ thanks! oh and got great product from fresh market.

    Reply
  • jim June 11, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Nice Mussels Recipe 🙂

    I just read how to grow my own garlic now I know what to cook with it.

    Thank You.

    Jimmy

    Reply
  • ccrow November 17, 2009, 8:56 am

    I *love* mussels! This looks like something I need to try. I usually do them w/white wine & some crushed red pepper flakes. I also like to hold them overnight(refrigerated) in salted water; I find it really helps get all the grit out of them.

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  • Joanne November 17, 2009, 7:47 am

    Steven – how wonderful, Happy Anniversary!

    Reply
  • Steven November 17, 2009, 1:49 am

    This really seems like a fantastic version for mussels — My wife will love it! Our anniversary is Monday, so I shall surprise her!

    Reply
  • Donalyn October 20, 2009, 10:02 pm

    I love mussels – such a tasty bargain aren’t they? Found you from the feature on Refrigerator Soup and so glad that I did. You guys have a lovely blog, great recipes and gorgeous photography. I will be back to see more!

    Reply
  • Wendi October 19, 2009, 11:17 am

    Congrats on the Refrigerator Soup feature. And the muscles look incredible.

    Reply

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