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    The 20 BEST Mussel Recipes

    Looking for some new Mussel Recipes? You’ve come to the right place! They’re so good just steamed in a little white wine, but these tasty little mollusks are actually so versatile. Today we’re presenting you with 20 great easy dishes you can whip up in your own kitchen.

    First, a little about mussels…

    Though they may not be quite as famous as some other seafood varieties, mussels are a great food choice for a number of reasons:

    • They’re a healthy, lean protein packed with healthy omega 3 fatty acids and several important minerals like zinc, folate and iron.
    • Mussels are sustainably farmed and actually improve the water quality where they are grown. They are so good for the local environment that the Ecological Society of American stated that eating mussels may be a greener option than going vegan!
    • Compared to many other seafood options, they are budget friendly.

    Most mussels found in North America come from Prince Edward Island in northeast Canada. As such, you will often see them advertised as P.E.I. Mussels. They are considered among the best in the world.

    Tips for buying and storing mussels

    It’s important that you buy good quality, live, fresh mussels.

    • They should have a light ocean smell and wet, shiny shells.
    • Any mussels that are not tightly closed need to be checked by tapping on a counter. If they do not close, they should be discarded.
    • If not using the same day, drain them well and refrigerate in a bowl covered with a damp paper towel.
    • Do not store your mussels in fresh water, this can kill them.

    Now that you know a little about these underrated shellfish, let’s get to the recipes…

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes

    1. French Steamed Mussels (Moules Marinières)

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - French steamed mussels.

    These creamy, garlicky, wine infused mussels are a Provençal classic. They go great as an appetizer with some nice crusty bread or as a main with pasta. Bon Appétit!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    2. Paella

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - paella.

    Paella is a classic Spanish rice dish packed with chicken, sausage and seafood. This one is a perfect for company meals that will really impress the guests!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    3. Portuguese Mussels

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - Portuguese mussels.

    One of my favorite mussel recipes, this Portuguese dish is packed with flavor. It looks so fancy that it makes a great special occasion meal, but is so easy that it’s perfect for any weeknight!

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    4. Pasta with Mussels in San Marzano Tomato Sauce

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - pasta with mussels in tomato sauce.

    Just look at that bowl of pasta! Perfectly cooked mussels in a simple but tasty San Marzano tomato sauce. All you need to complete that meal is a glass of your favorite red!

    Get the Recipe @ stripedspatula

    5. Caribbean Coconut Mussels

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - Caribbean coconut mussels.

    Creamy… coconutty… seefoody… Extra yummy Caribbean Coconut Mussels. Easy, delicious, and sure to please any crowd! Try this delicious Caribbean style curry, but be warned, you will get hooked!

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    6. Mussel and Leek Tarts

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - mussel and leek tarts.

    These tasty little mussel and leek tarts are a great appetizer to bring to your next pot luck or get together. Everyone will be impressed by your creativity!

    Get the Recipe @ larderlove

    7. Creamy Avgolemono Mussels with Pasta

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - avgolemono mussels with pasta.

    Now this is one delicious, creamy, lemony pasta dish! Your favorite mussels and perfectly cooked pasta coated in Greek avgolemono sauce. So yum!

    Get the Recipe @ oliveandmango

    8. Thai Red Curry Mussels

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - Thai red curry.

    Make you mussels a bit exotic with this great Thai red curry. It features a creamy, coconut based sauce that can be made spicy or mild.

    Get the Recipe @ aheadofthyme

    9. Baked Spicy Mussels

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - baked spicy mussels.

    This easy sheet pan style meal beautifully combines the spiciness of chili sauce, the saltiness of capers and the sweetness of cherry tomatoes (you know I love those, right?). Great weeknight dinner idea!

    Get the Recipe @ mommyshomecooking

    10. Potato Mussel Chowder

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - potato mussel chowder.

    This hearty, creamy potato mussel chowder just screams Comfort Food! Have a big bowl alongside some nice crusty bread and you have the perfect winter warmer.

    Get the Recipe @ baconismagic

    11. Mussels Saganaki

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - mussels saganaki.

    This Greek style saganaki is another of my favorite mussel recipes. Something about the combination of herby tomato sauce and feta cheese just goes perfectly with mussels. This is another one that calls for a big chunk of crusty bread!

    Get the Recipe @ katerinaskouzina

    12. Catalan Fish Stew

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - Catalan fish stew.

    This delicious Spanish style stew features mussels, fish, shrimp, clams and squid. A real seafood feast!

    Get the Recipe @ linsfood

    13. Roasted Mussels with Garlic Butter Crumbs

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - roasted mussels with garlic butter crumbs.

    Here’s another great party appetizer idea for you. These baked mussels are topped with crispy, buttery, garlicky bread crumbs. These will disappear from the appetizer table in no time!

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    14. Cioppino

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - cioppino.

    Here’s a hearty and tasty stew for you! Loads of seafood are simmered in a perfectly seasoned tomato and wine based broth. A San Francisco classic!

    Get the Recipe @ thecozyapron

    15. Kerala Style Mussels Fry

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - Kerala mussel fry.

    These spicy and aromatic stir fried mussels come from the south Indian state of Kerala. They’re great with rice or as tasty appetizer on their own.

    Get the Recipe @ alittlebitofspice

    16. Spicy Catalan Mussels with Almond Picada

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - mussels with almond picada.

    This amazing Spanish mussel recipe has an amazing tomato based sauce that is both seasoned and topped with almond picada. Amazingly flavorful dish!

    Get the Recipe @ olivemagazine

    17. Beer Braised Mussels

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - beer braised mussels.

    These drunken mussels are braised in beer, rather than the usual wine, and topped with homemade chimichurri sauce. YUM!

    Get the Recipe @ carnaldish

    18. Chilli Mussels in Coconut Milk

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - chilli mussels in coconut milk.

    Asian inspired chilli mussels are creamy with a great combination of sweet and spicy. I love them with crust bread. This great meal whips up in less than half an hour!

    Get the Recipe @ slowthecookdown

    19. Chipotle Seafood Stew

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - chipotle seafood stew.

    This hearty seafood stew has that distinctive smokiness of chipotle peppers. Top it up with corn, cilantro and avocado and you’ve given some great Latin flavors to your mussels!

    Get the Recipe @ growingupbilingual

    20. Seafood Boil

    20 BEST Mussel Recipes - seafood boil.

    Wrapping up our list, this seafood boil is a real Low Country classic. Potatoes, corn, sausage and tons of seafood all boiled up in a giant pot. This one is perfect for parties and get togethers!

    Get the Recipe @ fettysfoodblog

    We hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of amazing Mussel Recipes! Be sure to pin or bookmark it so you can keep coming back for more.

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    Mussel recipes.

    The 20 BEST Mussel Recipes

    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    This great collection of Mussel Recipes will give you a new appreciation for that underrated mollusk!


    • french steamed mussels
    • paella
    • portuguese mussels
    • pasta with mussels in tomato sauce
    • caribbean coconut mussels
    • mussels and leek tarts
    • creamy avgolemono mussels with pasta
    • thai red curry
    • baked spicy mussles
    • potato mussl chowder
    • mussels saganaki
    • catalan fish stew
    • roasted mussels with garlic butter crumbs
    • cioppino
    • kerala style mussel fry
    • spicy catalan mussels with almond picada
    • beer braised mussels
    • chilli mussels
    • chipotle seafood stew
    • seafood boil


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