Savory Mussels in a Wine Sauce Recipe

Are you a seafood lover? Do you enjoy the delightful combination of wine and mussels? Then you are in for a treat with this easy-to-follow recipe for steamed mussels in white wine sauce, also known as Moules Marinières!

This classic French dish has been around for centuries and is still enjoyed by many today. And it’s no surprise why! The delicate flavors of the fresh mussels perfectly complement the dry white wine sauce infused with garlic, shallots, and herbs. It’s a delicious and elegant meal that will satisfy your cravings for seafood and make you feel like you’re dining in a fancy French bistro.

But don’t worry, you don’t need to be an experienced chef to make this dish successfully. With only a few ingredients that can be easily found at your local grocery store, this recipe will guide you through each step to ensure perfection.

So grab a bottle of your favorite dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio work great) and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mussels in Wine
Mussels in Wine

Are you looking for a seafood recipe that’s guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser? Look no further than our mussels in white wine sauce recipe.

First off, mussels are a sustainable seafood option, which means you can enjoy them without any guilt. Plus, this dish is incredibly easy to make – it takes just a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

But the real reason why you’ll love this recipe is because of the delicious flavors in every bite. The mussels are steamed in a fragrant wine sauce that’s flavored with garlic, shallots, and fresh herbs. As they cook, they absorb all those delicious flavors, turning into little bites of heaven.

And what’s more, this recipe is versatile enough to suit any palate. If you prefer something tangy, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice or a dollop of tomato sauce. If you want something creamier, add some heavy cream to the sauce. Whatever your taste preferences may be, our mussels in white wine sauce recipe has got you covered.

So next time you’re craving some seafood, give our recipe a try. Your taste buds (and the planet) will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Sizzling skillet with mussels and wine, ready to be devoured
Sizzling skillet with mussels and wine, ready to be devoured

Here are the Ingredients you will need to make this delicious recipe:

  • 3 pounds of fresh mussels
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cups of dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 cup of chopped green onions
  • 1 cup of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The ingredients for the white wine sauce are:

  • ½ cup of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups of dry white wine
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Some suggested wine options for this recipe are Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

The Recipe How-To

 A steamy and aromatic bowl of fresh mussels in wine sauce
A steamy and aromatic bowl of fresh mussels in wine sauce

Step 1: Cleaning and Prepping Mussels
– Before cooking mussels, you need to clean them thoroughly with cold running water.
– Throw away any that are cracked, broken, or do not close tightly when tapped; these mussels may not be safe to eat.
– Use a stiff brush or your hands to clean off any debris on the shells and remove the beard by pulling it out with a quick, downward stroke.
– Once cleaned, place the live mussels in a large bowl filled with cold water and let sit for about 20 minutes. This will help remove any additional dirt or sand from the shells.

Step 2: Making the White Wine Garlic Sauce
– In a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter and add 4 finely chopped shallots and 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
– Add 2 cups of dry white wine, such as sauvignon blanc or Pinot Grigio, and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for another 3 minutes.
– Add the cleaned mussels to the pot along with 1 cup of chopped tomato, 2 cups of chicken broth, 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley, and 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper. Stir everything together and cover the pot.

Step 3: Cooking the Mussels
– Cook for about 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat shaking the pot occasionally until all of the mussels have opened up. Note: Any mussels that do not open after cooking should be discarded.
– Once cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer the mussels to a serving dish.
– If desired, you can strain the excess sauce through a fine-mesh strainer over another pot to remove any bits of shell, add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and let the sauce cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes until it thickens.

Step 4: Serving
– Serve the mussels in a bowl or on a plate with a ladle of the white wine sauce over top. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, chives or green onions and a side of toasted bread slices to soak up all that delicious white wine garlic sauce.

Enjoy your homemade moules marinières, the classic French preparation of steamed mussels in white wine garlic sauce!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect pairing: a glass of crisp white wine and a bowl of mussels
The perfect pairing: a glass of crisp white wine and a bowl of mussels

If you want to switch things up and try something new, here are a few variations and substitutions that you can make to this recipe:

– Wine: While dry white wine is the best option for this recipe, you can also use other varieties like sauvignon blanc or Pinot Grigio. Just make sure to choose a wine that pairs well with seafood.

– Garlic: If you’re not a fan of garlic, you can leave it out of the recipe entirely or reduce the amount used. On the other hand, if you love garlic, feel free to add more cloves than the recipe calls for.

– Butter: If you want to make this recipe a bit healthier, you can substitute the butter with olive oil or a plant-based alternative.

– Mussels: Live mussels are the best option for this recipe because they are fresh and flavorful. However, if live mussels aren’t available in your area, you can also use frozen mussels. Just make sure to thaw them thoroughly before cooking.

– Sauce: If you prefer a different type of sauce for your mussels, there are many options to choose from. You can try a tomato-based sauce or even a creamy seafood sauce made with cream and white wine.

No matter which substitutions or variations you choose, this recipe is a great way to enjoy fresh seafood in a flavorful broth.

Serving and Pairing

 These mussels in white wine are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat
These mussels in white wine are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat

When it comes to serving these delicious steamed mussels in a white wine sauce, there are a variety of options to consider. My personal favorite is to serve them immediately with some crusty bread and a glass of dry white wine. The bread can be dipped into the scrumptious broth or used to soak up any leftover sauce.

As for wine pairing, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a glass of sauvignon blanc with these moules marinières. The bright acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the broth, while its herbal notes complement the brininess of the mussels.

If you don’t fancy wine, you could also go for beer as an alternative beverage. A light Belgian Saison or a crisp Pilsner pair particularly well with this dish. For non-alcoholic drinks, sparkling water with a slice of lemon or lime would also work perfectly.

In terms of side dishes, something fresh and tangy would balance out the richness of the mussels and sauce quite nicely. A crisp green salad dressed in a light vinaigrette or some oven-roasted cauliflower tossed in parmesan cheese and chives would make for an excellent accompaniment.

Overall, this dish is perfect for a cozy dinner party or even as an indulgent weeknight meal accompanied by a glass (or two) of your favorite beverage.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A mouthwatering and succulent seafood dish that will leave you craving for more
A mouthwatering and succulent seafood dish that will leave you craving for more

This mussels in white wine recipe is best enjoyed fresh, but if you need to prepare ahead of time or have leftovers, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Make-Ahead: If you want to save time on the day of your dinner party, you can prepare the ingredients (chopped shallots, garlic cloves, and parsley) in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also clean and scrub your mussels ahead of time and keep them stored in the fridge.

Storing: Leftover mussles need to be refrigerated as soon as possible. To store cooked mussels, transfer them into an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap, making sure that they are submerged in the white wine sauce. Store the container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Reheating: Reheat leftover mussels on the stovetop by heating up the white wine broth first over medium heat. Once heated, gently add your pre-cooked mussels back into the mixture to reheat for approximately 3 minutes. This will prevent overcooking and retain their delicate texture.

Remember that once reheated a couple of times, mussels start losing their flavor and texture because they become rubbery. We recommend not freezing cooked mussels as they are more likely to have a change of taste and texture.

Keep these tips in mind when preparing your mussels ahead of time or reheating leftovers to ensure that they retain their delicious flavor and delicate texture that make this recipe so desirable.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Dip your bread into the delicious broth and enjoy the flavors of the sea
Dip your bread into the delicious broth and enjoy the flavors of the sea

Now that you know how to make a delicious pot of mussels in white wine, let’s talk about some tips for perfect results. Cooking mussels is an art form, and it’s important to respect the ingredients to get the best possible outcome.

First, make sure you clean the mussels well before cooking them. Scrub the shells with a brush and remove any beards or debris – this will ensure that no unwanted flavors end up in your dish.

When you’re preparing the shallots and garlic, make sure they are finely chopped so that they cook evenly and infuse their flavors throughout the dish.

Another important tip is to use high-quality dry white wine – this will enhance the flavor of the sauce and complement the delicate taste of the mussels. A sauvignon blanc or Pinot Grigio would both be suitable options.

For those who enjoy a creamier sauce, consider adding heavy cream after you’ve cooked the mussels in garlic and wine sauce. This will make for a rich, savory taste that complements the seafood.

Once you have steamed your mussels in wine, remove them from heat as soon as they open – overcooking can result in rubbery or tough meat.

Don’t forget to serve your dish with crusty bread to soak up all of that delicious wine sauce! If you want to add some extra flavor, mix in chopped fresh chives, green onions, or parsley as a garnish.

With these tips, you can create a perfectly cooked and flavorful dish of moules marinières that will have your guests asking for seconds.


Now that we’ve explored the ins and outs of this delicious mussels in wine recipe, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions that may arise as you plan to make this dish. From substitutions to cooking techniques, these FAQs will help you navigate any potential challenges and ensure the best results possible. So let’s dig in!

What wine to cook mussels in?

When it comes to cooking Mussels, I highly recommend using a delicious Italian Pinot Grigio to steam them in. This type of white wine is both dry and crisp, with a subtle smoky flavour, minerality, and neutral notes of apple, pear and peach.

What wine is best for mussels in wine sauce?

When it comes to cooking up a scrumptious batch of mussels in white wine sauce, a dry white wine is the way to go. In my experience, Sauvignon Blanc ticks all the right boxes in terms of taste and texture. Not only does it work wonders in the dish, but it’s also a personal favorite for sipping on after I’ve added a cup and a half of it to the cooking pot.

What to serve with mussels in wine?

I have a range of delectable dishes to pair with different types of wine. Whether you prefer to pair wine with savory, hearty or appetizing options, I’ve got you covered. From seasoned garlic bread and crispy French fries, to saffron rice and delectably sweet potato fries, your taste buds are sure to be tantalized. The magnificent flavors of tomato sauce and toasted baguette pair well with a range of wines, as do garlic parmesan potato wedges.

What alcohol is best with mussels?

When it comes to pairing wine with mussels, a perfect match can be found in Muscadet. To bring out the best in this shellfish dish, it’s best to choose wines that have a zesty and refreshing quality. Some examples of wines that fit the bill are Chilean sauvignon blanc or dry Alsace riesling.

Why do you soak mussels in flour water?

Preparing live mussels involves submerging them in a mixture of water and flour that can effectively cleanse any sand and debris from their shells while enhancing the natural colors of their meat to a vibrant orange hue. Furthermore, this technique can make the mussel meat appear creamier and plumper. However, it is essential to note that it is advisable not to soak the mussels in flour water for an extended period, as this can cause them to die. It is best to do this a few hours before cooking them.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mussels in white wine recipe is perfect for seafood lovers who want to take their culinary skills to the next level. This flavorful seafood dish is a hit for any occasion, from a romantic dinner at home to a casual gathering with friends.

If you are wondering what wine is ideal to pair with this recipe, I would suggest using a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio as they complement the dish’s flavors and bring out the best taste profile.

Additionally, feel free to make substitutions and add variations according to your preference. This recipe works perfectly with tomato sauce, cream sauce or lemon butter sauce which can completely change its flavor profile.

So why not try cooking this simple yet elegant dish at home? With some fresh mussels, herbs and a dry white wine, you can create a restaurant-quality meal that will delight your senses. Give yourself and your loved ones the chance to indulge in this French classic cuisine by following these easy steps!

Mussels in Wine

Mussels in Wine Recipe

A very easy and tasty way to cook mussels!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French/Belgian
Calories 251.1 kcal


  • 2 lbs mussels
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chives


  • Scrub mussels and cut off beards.
  • Discard any that do not close when tapped.
  • Bring wine, celery, onions, salt and pepper to a boil.
  • Add mussels.
  • Cover and bring just to boil.
  • Discard any that do not open.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and chives.
  • Transfer to bowl and pour liquid into bowl for dipping.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 313gCalories: 251.1kcalCarbohydrates: 11.3gProtein: 27.6gFat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 63.7mgSodium: 705.5mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Mussels, Stove Top
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