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A bowl of steamed mussels served with parsley, lemon and grilled bread.

Steamed Mussels Recipe

These steamed mussels are coated in garlic, butter, lemon and seasonings, then cooked to perfection. A quick and easy dinner or appetizer option that's quick enough for a busy weeknight, yet elegant enough to serve to company!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 229kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes or more to taste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 pounds fresh mussels cleaned and debearded
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or chives
  • parsley sprigs and lemon wedges for garnish


  • Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the butter let it melt.
  • Add the garlic and chili flakes to the pot and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add the white wine and bring the mixture to a simmer; do not boil.
  • Place the mussels in the pot along with the salt and pepper. Cover the pot, then simmer for 5-7 minutes or until mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that do not open.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and parsley. Add more salt ot taste if desired. Serve immediately, and garnish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley sprigs.



Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 74mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 596IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg