These mussels recipes are as easy as they are delicious! They are so quick and easy to cook and can be served as an appetizer or main, in sauces, pastas and soups. They are so versatile and there's some awesome recipes here for you to try from all around the world.
This post was first published in March 2017 and has been updated with more tasty mussel info and recipe links
I've scoured the web to bring you the best easy mussel recipes, and I know that you're going to love them! All of these recipes take less than 40 minutes to make, so they are perfect for easy weeknight meals.
Mussels are a really amazing ingredient for so many reasons, and you guys really should be cooking more dishes with them! They take no time at all to cook and they are so versatile that they pair easily with many different flavours. You can be much more adventurous than a standard Moules Mariniere (although, when done well it is pretty amazing!).
I've had a love affair with mussels for years. The wonderful Jamie Oliver first introduced me to them way back when, and I've loved cooking with them ever since.
Are mussels sustainable?
Mussels are one of the most sustainable types of seafood you can eat and are a more environmentally friendly choice than a lot of other fish and crustaceans. The way that they are fished means that there is very minimal by-catch and there is no damage to the sea bed. Mussels reproduce very quickly and so stocks are always stable.
In the US, individual states work to keep harvests at a sustainable level, and wild mussels reproduce very quickly. All mussels on the market are farmed and considered sustainable.
When are they in season?
Mussels are available all year round, but peak season is from October through to March.
How do you clean mussels?
When you buy the mussels they are live, so you will need to clean them well. They can get gritty, so you don't want that in your meal!
- Place the mussels in a colander under cold running water.
- Use a scrubbing brush to brush off any dirt and barnacles.
- Grab the beard (the hair-like fibers that come out of the shell) with your finger and thumb and pull the towards the hinge of the shell until they pull out.
- The mussels should all be closed. If any are open, tap them firmly, if they don't shut discard them.
How to buy mussels
If you can, buy fresh mussels rather than frozen. when frozen they loose a lot of their delicate flavor and texture. If frozen mussels are your only choice, be sure to check them well for broken shell before cooking them.
Mussels can be bought fresh at store seafood counters, fishmongers and other food markets. They should have wet and shiny sells and they must be kept on ice. As with all foods, local mussels are generally going to be the best choice, so check the label or ask the fishmonger where they are from.
Allow 16 ounces (1 lb) of shelled mussels per person for a main course and half for an appetizer.
How to store mussels
Mussels are alive and need to breathe, so don't wrap them in a plastic bag to take them home, an open paper bag is your best option. The mussels are best eaten on the day you buy them, but they can be stored in the fridge for a day or two.
So, without further ado, here are a bunch of easy mussel recipes from around the web for you to give a go at home!
Asian Mussel Recipes
Mussels Cooked With Alcohol
Pasta Recipes with Mussels
Easy Mussels Soups and Chowder Recipes
Mussels In Sauces
More Easy Mussels Recipes
I hope you've enjoyed this collection of some of the best easy mussel recipes and it has tempted you to into the kitchen to give these tasty little treats a go for yourself. Easy peasy!
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