Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Mussels are one of those things that I love to eat but were always apprehensive to cook. Mussels and crabs. So when I finally worked up the courage to make them I wanted to start with a pretty uncomplicated recipe. I wasn’t in the mood for anything spicy plus there was an open bottle of white wine sitting in the fridge which I wanted to use up. The result, Mussels in White Wine Sauce.

Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Mussels are best if served as quickly after purchase as possible. If you must store them, keep them in icy cold water in the refrigerator. When you are ready to prepare them, check to see if any of the mussels have opened. If so, discard them.

• 1kg of mussels, washed and beards removed
• 1 tablespoons butter
• 1 cups chopped onion
• 1.5 cups light white wine
• 2 garlic cloves

Place the mussels in a large colander or strainer in the sink. Rinse the mussels well, taking care to remove any hairy growths on the mussels, sand, and other dirt. Throw out any mussels that are already open and will not close, as uncooked mussels that stay open before being cooked, are a sign of being bad.
Mince the garlic for your mussels, and chop the onion. Place both in a large pan with about a tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Sautee until the onion is mostly translucent, stirring often. Add some fresh ground pepper and salt to taste. Add wine to the pan, and stir well. Let wine mixture heat through for a few minutes to properly incorporate the flavors. Add mussels to the garlic wine sauce, stir mussels to coat well, and cover to let mussels steam for about 5 minutes. Uncover, and stir mussels again. Repeat this process until the vast majority of your mussels are open. Any cooked mussels that do not open, are bad, discard those. You will be cooking mussels for about ten to fifteen minutes total.
To serve your mussels, place mussels shell and all into bowls. Ladle several spoonful of garlic wine sauce over mussels. Garnish mussels with chopped fresh rosemary.
I learned a nifty way to eat mussels. Empty one shell, but make sure the hinge stays intact. Then use that shell almost like tweezers to pluck the meat from the other shells. Use some bread to soak up the fantastic garlic wine sauce.


  1. I have often seen mussels at Khar Market but never had the courage to cook and buy them. Seeing this post might

    btw I remove the yolk from an egg by using half the shell...a bit like your mussel eating method

  2. I have tried doing it like that couple of times without success... should practice some more

  3. ditto like sir knife I have never had the courage to cook them may be I will now :)

    recent blog? didnt know u had one till I clicked on this pic u pinned?

  4. Finally stopped being lazy and started it... hope you like it :)

  5. Sir Knife sounds like Sir John in Ram Lakhan