Mouth-watering recipe: Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Welcome to a world of delectable seafood with my Mejillones a La Marinara recipe – Steamed Mussels in White Wine Sauce! As a seafood aficionado, nothing gets my taste buds tingling more than a plate of moist and juicy mussels. This recipe is an old favorite among the Spanish fishermen community and will bring the taste of seaside cuisine right into your kitchen.

When cooking with mussels, there is always a concern about freshness and cleanliness. Fear not, for this recipe is easy to prepare, takes only 30 minutes to cook, and is delicious enough to impress even the most discerning palate. Don’t limit yourself to the classic moules mariniere or garlic sauce; instead, give my Mejillones A La Marinera recipe a try.

With just a few simple ingredients and some fresh mussels, you can create an unforgettable dish that screams Spain’s rustic maritime charm. With this marinara recipe, be ready to sip on some fruity white wine as you embark on an adventure with steaming hot platter of seafood goodness.

Start off by gathering all your ingredients, dusting your apron, and grabbing a pot large enough for accommodating flavor with every spoonful. It’s time to get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mussels in White Wine Sauce (Mejillones a La Marinara)
Mussels in White Wine Sauce (Mejillones a La Marinara)

Are you a seafood lover searching for a new recipe to add to your weekly meal plan? Look no further than Mejillones a La Marinara, also known as mussels in white wine sauce. This Spanish cuisine classic is the perfect combination of fresh flavors and seasonings that will leave your taste buds tingling with joy. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, mejillones la marinera is versatile and easy to make. With only a few simple ingredients – such as fresh mussels, dry white wine, garlic cloves, onion, and olive oil – you can whip up an impressive meal that will impress even the most critical of dinner guests. Whether you’re hosting a special event or simply meal-prepping for the week ahead, this recipe is sure to delight.

Secondly, the flavor profile of this dish is out of this world. The white wine and garlic sauce perfectly complements the natural brininess of the mussels, while a touch of fresh lemon juice adds zest and acidity. Sprinkle some parsley or fresh ground pepper on top for added flavor complexity.

Thirdly, Mejillones a La Marinara is a healthy choice for any diet. Mussels are an excellent source of lean protein and heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids while being low in calories and fat. Plus, with steaming and boiling methods, you can retain all of these nutritional benefits without compromising on flavor.

Lastly, Mejillones a La Marinara pairs well with many dishes and occasions. Serve it as an appetizer to share or create a larger batch to serve as a main course alongside rice, pasta or crusty bread. It’s also perfect for a romantic evening with someone special or as part of an intimate family gathering.

So there you have it! These are just some reasons why you’ll love making Mejillones la Marinera – from its versatility and flavor profile to its health benefits and pairing abilities. But don’t just take our word for it, try this Spanish classic for yourself and see just how delicious it can be!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to bring a taste of Spain into your kitchen with this delicious mussels recipe.
Get ready to bring a taste of Spain into your kitchen with this delicious mussels recipe.

Here are the ingredients you will need for mussels in white wine sauce recipe:

  • 2 pounds fresh mussels
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (or diced tomato for textured version)
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped

The Recipe How-To

 These mussels are cooked to perfection in a savory white wine sauce.
These mussels are cooked to perfection in a savory white wine sauce.

Now that we have gone through the ingredients list, let’s move on to the thrilling part: cooking! In this section, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of preparing Mejillones a la Marinara (Mussels in White Wine Sauce).

Step 1: Clean and Prepare the Mussels

The first thing you should do before cooking mussels is to make sure they are clean. Scrub off any dirt or debris on each mussel thoroughly with a stiff-bristled brush under cold running water. Ensure each mussel is tightly closed, or gently press on it to check – if it doesn’t close, throw it out since it could be dead and gruesome to eat.

Tip: For better tasting mussels, soak them in cold water for up to 30 minutes before cleaning them. This step will help remove any excess salt and sand trapped within their shells.

Step 2: Sauté Onion and Garlic

Peel an onion and chop it into small pieces; crush 2 garlic cloves using your knife handle. Next, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat until shimmering, then add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent, approximately 3 minutes. Next, toss in garlic cloves and continue cooking for another minute, stirring occasionally until fragrant.

Tip: Be careful not to scorch the garlic as it can become bitter if overcooked.

Step 3: Add Dry Ingredient and Wine

Add 1 tbsp flour to the pot and give it a good stir until everything is well combined. Pour in one cup of dry white wine into the pot along with a bay leaf. Raise the heat to high until you bring to boil then lower to medium cook for about five minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.

Tip: If you don’t have dry white wine, use chicken broth or vegetable broth as substitutes.

Step 4: Add Mussels and Simmer

When the sauce is ready, throw in 2 pounds of cleaned mussels into the pot, and continue cooking over medium heat. Gently stir the mussels to coat them with the sauce well. Cover the pot and let them cook for about five to seven minutes until they are all opened. Remember to discard any unopened or broken mussel shells.

Tip: Once you have turned off the heat, hold the lid on the pot for an additional minute so that any remaining unopened shells can open up.

Step 5: Sprinkle Parsley Towards The End

Finely chop some parsley and sprinkle it over your mussels white wine marinara recipe. Give everything a final stir, and take the stockpot off heat. It’s now time to enjoy your delicious Mejillones a la Marinera (Mussels in White Wine Sauce)! Don’t forget to serve this dish hot with plenty of crusty bread to soak up that delicious sauce.

Tip: You could also sprinkle additional seasoning

Substitutions and Variations

 The secret to making these mussels really shine is by using fresh ingredients, like chopped parsley and minced garlic.
The secret to making these mussels really shine is by using fresh ingredients, like chopped parsley and minced garlic.

Ah, the essence of cooking – improvisation. Although this recipe is perfect the way it is, you may want to change things up every once in a while. Here are some substitutions and variations to consider:

For a stronger punch, replace the dry white wine with red wine, as it will add richer flavors and more depth to the sauce. You can also experiment with different types of vinegar – try some wine vinegar for acidity or sunflower oil for a nutty twist.

If you’re allergic to garlic, simply leave it out or use an alternative such as shallots or onion. Likewise, if you can’t have bay leaves, you can replace them with thyme or oregano.

For those who like their mussels on the spicier side, try adding some hot peppers or chili flakes to the mix. This will give your sauce an added kick that pairs well with seafood.

If you’re looking for a sweeter flavor, try adding some diced tomatoes or even roasted red peppers to your sauce. This will soften the acidity of the wine and add a slightly caramelized finish.

And finally, try cooking your mussels in different styles. For example, in Spanish cuisine, you’ll find mejillones en escabeche – shellfish that has been marinated in vinegar and spiced with plenty of paprika. And moules marinière – French-style steamed mussels cooked in white wine garlic and cream – is another go-to option. But if you want to explore outside of traditional recipes, create your own signature sauce using ingredients from your spice rack.

The possibilities are as infinite as they are delicious. So grab your apron and get ready to invent something new!

Serving and Pairing

 It's hard to resist these plump and juicy mussels, perfectly cooked and bathed in a deliciously fragrant sauce.
It’s hard to resist these plump and juicy mussels, perfectly cooked and bathed in a deliciously fragrant sauce.

Once the mussels in white wine sauce are cooked, it’s time to serve them up and choose the perfect wine pairing. This dish is considered a classic in Spanish cuisine and it’s perfect for seafood lovers. The aromatic broth will make your taste buds tingle with each bite.

When serving the mussels, I suggest placing them in a large bowl or serving platter for everyone to share. Be sure to have a few slices of lemon on hand for an extra pop of citrus flavor. Garnish with finely chopped parsley, and sprinkle over freshly ground black pepper for an added touch of freshness.

Now, let’s talk about pairing this dish with the perfect wine. A dry white wine works best to balance the salty broth and let the flavor of the mussels shine through. It’s also important to go for a light-bodied wine as it won’t overpower the delicate flavor of the mussels.

I highly recommend pairing this dish with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or an unoaked Chardonnay. The Sauvignon Blanc has high acidity that can cut through the richness of the broth, while an unoaked Chardonnay has enough structure to stand up to this dish’s intense flavors.

If you prefer red wine, a light-bodied Pinot Noir that has some acidity would work well with this dish. Avoid heavy reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah as they could clash with the broth’s flavor profile.

In summary, Mejillones a La Marinera is perfect for lazy dinners with friends or family. When served with a glass of crisp, dry white wine, it elevates this classic seafood dish into something special that everyone will enjoy.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This recipe is a perfect balance of flavors, with the sweetness of the white wine perfectly complementing the salty taste of the mussels.
This recipe is a perfect balance of flavors, with the sweetness of the white wine perfectly complementing the salty taste of the mussels.

In my experience, mussels in white wine sauce are best enjoyed fresh out of the pot, but if you need to make them ahead of time, it’s possible to do so without sacrificing too much flavor.

If you’re going to store the mussels before serving, I recommend storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. But don’t keep them for more than two days. When you’re ready to serve again, heat them up slowly over low heat until they’re warmed through.

It’s important not to reheat the mussels too much or too quickly, as this can cause them to become tough and rubbery. Also, avoid reheating them in the microwave as it has a tendency to overcook or dry out seafood.

One trick that I learned is that when you’re steaming your mussels initially, leave some of the wine broth aside and freeze it separately. You can use this leftover broth as a base for soups or sauces later on.

In conclusion, while nothing compares to freshly steamed mussels, with a bit of care and attention to detail during storage and reheating, you can still savor their tasty flavor even when reheating leftovers.

Tips for Perfect Results

To make sure that your mussels in white wine sauce turn out delicious and perfect, here are some tips that I recommend:

1. Make sure to clean the mussels thoroughly before cooking them. Scrub the shells under running water and remove any beards or ocean debris.

2. Use fresh herbs such as parsley to enhance the flavors of the dish. Chop the herbs finely and sprinkle them on top of the steamed mussels.

3. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference by adding more sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

4. When cooking the garlic, avoid burning it as it can give a bitter taste to the sauce. Cook it over low heat until it becomes fragrant.

5. Use a good quality dry white wine for the sauce, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, as it can add depth and complexity to the dish.

6. Do not overcook the mussels as they will become tough and rubbery. Steam them for no more than 5 minutes or until they open up.

7. Serve the mussels with crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce and enjoy every bit of it!

8. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. Reheat them gently over low heat in a pan until hot before serving again.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your mussels will be perfectly cooked and flavorful, making this dish a showstopper at any dinner party or date night at home!


Before concluding this recipe, I have put together a few frequently asked questions that might come in handy while preparing the meal. So, let’s dive into it!

What to serve with mussels in white wine sauce?

When it comes to pairing a delightful seafood dish of Moules Marinières, or white wine mussels, a crusty bread or crispy French fries make for excellent choices to soak up the flavorful sauce. A tangy salad also serves as a refreshing side dish to accompany this delectable meal.

What to serve with white wine garlic mussels?

As a sommelier, I often come across customers who are unsure of what food to pair with their chosen wine. It’s important to know that different types of wine are best served with certain dishes. For instance, a light and airy bread is the perfect match for a crisp white wine. Meanwhile, a full-bodied red wine pairs perfectly with a savory plate of French fries.

For those who prefer exotic flavors, saffron rice is a great accompaniment to a bold red wine. The rich spices in the dish combine well with the tannins in the wine, creating a deliciously complex flavor profile. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something simpler, a classic plate of garlic bread pairs perfectly with a refreshing rosé.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet and savory treat, sweet potato fries are an excellent option. Their natural sweetness contrasts perfectly with the saltiness of the fries, making them the perfect partner to a crisp and refreshing white wine. Meanwhile, garlic parmesan potato wedges are best served with a full-bodied red wine.

If you prefer something a little lighter, a simple toasted baguette with tomato sauce pairs well with a light and fruity red wine or a crisp white wine. The acidity in the tomato sauce pairs perfectly with the wine, creating a deliciously balanced flavor.

No matter what your taste preferences are, there is a wine pairing out there for everyone. So, next time you’re enjoying your favorite dish, be sure to consult a sommelier for the perfect pairing.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you love seafood and you haven’t tried mussels in white wine sauce (Mejillones a La Marinara), then you are missing out on one of the most amazing culinary experiences. Mussels are rich in protein, with a subtle flavor that perfectly complements the marinara sauce.

This recipe is simple yet elegant, perfect for dinner parties, date nights or simply a cozy night in with your loved ones. The ingredients are easily found at your local supermarket or fish market. With just a few simple steps, you can easily create a delicious and memorable meal that will impress anyone.

I encourage you to try this recipe and experiment with different flavors and variations based on your preferences. Whether you prefer it spicy or mild, there is a version of mussels in marinara sauce that will suit your taste buds.

So next time you’re craving seafood or want to impress your guests with a delicious Spanish cuisine, consider making mejillones en salsa de tomate picante (spicy tomato sauce mussels) or mejillones en salsa de vino blanco (white wine sauce mussels). Trust me, once you’ve tried these dishes, they will become staples in your diet.

Mussels in White Wine Sauce (Mejillones a La Marinara)

Mussels in White Wine Sauce (Mejillones a La Marinara) Recipe

Tapas by Penelope Casas
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Calories 180.8 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • fresh ground pepper
  • kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 dozen medium mussels, scrubbed, debearded, and cleansed of sand
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley


  • Heat the oil in a shallow covered casserole (will need the cover later), Spanish earthenware is recommended.
  • Saute onion and garlic until the onion is wilted.
  • Stir in the flour and cook 1 minute.
  • Add in the wine, bay leaf, lemon juice, pepper, and a little salt.
  • Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Add the mussels to the sauce, cover, and cook until the mussels have opened.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 160gCalories: 180.8kcalCarbohydrates: 7.8gProtein: 11.8gFat: 8.9gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 26.9mgSodium: 277.6mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Healthy, Low Cholesterol
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