Steamed Mussels in a Lemony-Garlic White Wine Sauce

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , ,

How much do you pay for a mussels appetizer at a restaurant?  $11? $14? Some places in NYC even charge over $20!  Today I bought a bag of PEI mussels from ShopRite for $4.99! 

Of course you have to do a little work, scrubbing them and cooking them yourself.  But hey, if you can save a few bucks, it's worth it!   Recipe below, enjoy!

Time: 20 mins


  • 1 bag PEI mussels
  • 1/2 bottle white wine (I used a Bordeaux)
  • 4 cloves garlic (use 2 cloves if you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 French Baguette to compliment the mussels
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper & 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Scrub the mussels thoroughly, throwing out any that are not fully closed or have cracks in them. Set them aside. 
  2. Slice the garlic cloves and chop 1/2 of the parsley (leave a few behind leaves for garnish)
  3. In a medium - large saucepan, melt the butter and garlic until the garlic is slightly browned.
  4. Add the white wine and lemon juice, salt and pepper - bring to a boil. 
  5. Add the mussels into the pot carefully, to avoid breaking them (I used a strainer-spoon so that I could place them lightly without getting burned).
  6. Cover the pot and let the mussels steam for about 4-5 mins or until they pop open.
  7. While the mussels are steaming, cut the French baguette into diagonal slices, or however you want them shaped.
  8. Toast the bread in a 350 degree oven for about 5 mins or as crispy as desired.
  9. Place the mussels in a bowl that will hold the sauce, but leave the sauce in the pan and let simmer for another 10 mins so it reduces to about half. 
  10. Devour the mussels, dip the bread in the sauce, & drink the rest of the wine with this meal!

Serving suggestion:  I wanted a light dinner so I had this by itself; you can serve it over a plate of linguini cooked al dente.  The sauce will go great with the pasta and it will make for a more filling meal!