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How to Cook Mussels ala Moules Marinieres
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How to Cook Mussels

In this recipe you will learn everything that you need to know about how to prepare mussels for cooking: from how to select, store, clean and even how to cook musselsAs a bonus, I will show you how to make a delicious French-style mussels dish aka Moules Marinières.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American, France, world
Servings 4
Calories 432 kcal



  • Soak mussels in cold salt water (3 cups + ¼ cup salt) for about 15 minutes. Discard open mussels, scrub the shells, de-beard, and rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook shallots for 30 seconds, add garlic and continue cooking until fragrant and softened.
  • Add white wine, heavy cream, thyme, parsley, butter, and salt. Stir to combine. Add mussels, stir, cover the pot, cook on high heat for 5-6 minutes or until mussels open and are cooked through.


You can store the leftover cooked mussels in an airtight container. Properly stored, it can last up to 2 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.
Dry white wine:
You can use any white wine that isn't sweet and with a high acidity, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc.


Calories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 15gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 644mgPotassium: 546mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1641IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 6mg
Keyword how to cook mussels, Moules Marinières, mussels in white wine sauce
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