Delicious Mussels: White Wine-Steamed Recipe!

Welcome to my recipe for steamed mussels in white wine! As a sommelier, I’ve always believed that wine and food are the perfect companions, and this recipe is a testament to that belief. These mussels are steamed to perfection with garlic, thyme, and fresh parsley in a flavorful white wine broth that will have you licking your fingers in no time.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, it’s also incredibly versatile. You can serve it as an elegant appetizer for your next dinner party or as a hearty main course for a casual weeknight dinner. It’s also perfect for any seafood lover looking to add a delicious dish to their repertoire.

The combination of fresh ingredients and the bold flavors of dry white wine make this dish truly unique. The moules marinières, or mussels in white wine sauce, are one of the most classic French dishes that you can easily recreate at home effortlessly.

So, grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mussels Steamed in White Wine
Mussels Steamed in White Wine

Are you looking for a fast, easy and impressive way to serve seafood to your guests? Look no further. I have just the recipe for you – Mussels Steamed in White Wine.

There are many reasons why you will love this recipe. Firstly, it’s an incredibly elegant dish that requires minimal effort to prepare. With only a few ingredients and a large pot, you can whip up a restaurant-quality meal in less than 30 minutes.

Not to mention, the white wine broth creates a rich and flavorful sauce that complements the mussels beautifully. The aroma of fresh thyme, garlic and onions will fill your kitchen as the mussels steam and open up in the hot liquid. It’s like bringing the sea straight to your table.

And let’s not forget about the nutritional benefits. Mussels are low in calories and high in protein, iron and omega-3 fatty acids, making them one of the healthiest seafood options available.

Lastly, this recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing you to make substitutions or variations according to your preferences. You can opt for a Sauvignon Blanc or any other dry white wine that you prefer, or even switch out the herbs for something more exotic like lemongrass or ginger.

Overall, this recipe is perfect for sharing with friends and family during a cozy dinner at home or serving as a starter for a fancier dinner party. Rest assured they will be impressed with this delicious and easy-to-make recipe that packs a punch of flavor!

Ingredient List

“Mussels taking a dip in a sea of white wine”

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delectable dish of mussels steamed in white wine:

  • 2 lb fresh mussels
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)

You’ll also need a large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid.

The Recipe How-To

“The perfect pairing: mussels and a crisp white wine”

Step-by-Step Instructions for Delicious Steamed Mussels in White Wine Garlic Sauce

  1. Clean and Prepare Mussels
  2. To begin, place 2 pounds of fresh mussels in a colander and rinse them under cold running water.
  3. Discard any mussels that are cracked, open or fail to close tightly when tapped.
  4. Pull out the fuzzy “beard” that is usually protruding from between the shells of each mussel by giving it a firm tug.

  5. Make the Garlic White Wine Sauce

  6. In a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter until the butter has melted.
  7. Add 3 cloves of minced garlic and 1/4 cup of diced onion, and cook until softened.
  8. Pour in 1/2 cup of dry white wine and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of black pepper and a sprig of fresh thyme.
  9. Boil for about 5 minutes or until the wine reduces by a third.

  10. Steaming

  11. Increase the heat to medium-high and add cleaned mussels to the pot.
  12. Cover the pot with its lid tightly, shake it gently to mix the sauce with the mussels.
  13. Steam for about 3 minutes, or until the mussels open. Do not overcook as it causes them to become tough.
  14. Remove from heat.

  15. Finishing Touches

  16. Pour some wine broth over steamed mussels into a separate bowl to serve as an accompaniment along with steamed bread slices, if desired.
  17. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley on top before serving.

Enjoy your mouth-watering steamed mussels in white wine garlic sauce!

Substitutions and Variations

“Catch of the day: Steamed mussels in white wine”

This recipe for steamed mussels in white wine is quite versatile and can be customized in a number of ways. Here are some substitutions and variations to make your mussels even more delicious:

– Wine: Any dry white wine will work well in this recipe. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay will all give you great results. For a twist on the classic dish, try using red wine instead of white. This will create a richer flavor profile that pairs well with tomato-based sauces.

– Garlic: If you’re not a fan of garlic, you can leave it out or reduce the amount used. You could also experiment with different types of garlic – roasted or black garlic would add a unique flavor to the dish.

– Herbs: Thyme and parsley add classic flavors to this recipe, but you can also use other herbs like rosemary, basil or cilantro to give your mussels a different taste profile.

– Butter: If you prefer not to use butter, you can substitute with olive oil or another type of fat.

– Other seafood: This recipe works well with other shellfish like clams or shrimp. You could also add some diced tomatoes or cream to create different sauces for the mussels.

– Lemon: Squeezing fresh lemon juice over the cooked mussels can lift the flavors and add brightness to the dish.

Serving and Pairing

“Mussels steamed to perfection, infused with the aroma of white wine”

Mussels steamed in white wine is a dish that can either be served as an appetizer or a main course. The dish is best served hot and is often served with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth.

When it comes to pairing this dish with wine, it is best to stick to the white wine theme. A glass of Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with the mussels’ creamy, briny flavor and complements the aromatic thyme and garlic flavors.

If you want to go for a light beer instead, try pairing mussels with a white ale or Belgian witbier. Another great option is cider, which balances the savory flavors and adds a touch of sweetness to the mussels.

When it comes to sides, you can’t go wrong with crunchy french fries, sauteed spinach, or a side salad with a tangy vinaigrette. For those looking for something more substantial, consider serving the mussels over cooked linguine pasta, tossed with some of the garlic and white wine sauce that has been produced while cooking the mussels.

Overall, this dish is not only tasty but also versatile to pair with your favorite drink and side dishes of your choice.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Seafood heaven: Mussels steamed in flavorful white wine”

If you’re planning to make mussels steamed in white wine ahead of time, then there are two main things to consider: storing and reheating.

To store the mussels properly, remove them immediately from the cooking liquid and place them in a clean container that has a lid. You can also strain the cooking liquid and keep it in a separate container. Keep both containers tightly sealed and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days maximum.

Reheating the mussels is an easy process. First, heat up the leftover garlic sauce (either separately or with the cooking liquid) over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Then add in your precooked mussels, stir gently, cover with a lid and steam-boil until they open again. This should take about 3 minutes or so. Once done, sprinkle some fresh parsley on top and serve hot!

Note: It’s important to remember that you cannot reheat cooked seafood multiple times as it can cause food poisoning. Only reheat once and ensure it’s thoroughly cooked before consuming.

In conclusion, this dish is best enjoyed freshly prepared but can also be stored for a short period of time with proper precautions taken during storage and reheating. So go ahead, cook up a big batch and enjoy some delicious mussels steamed in white wine whenever you feel like it!

Tips for Perfect Results

“An elegant seafood dish: White wine-steamed mussels”

To ensure an excellent outcome for your steamed mussels recipe, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind. Here is what I suggest:

First, always use fresh mussels that are tightly closed. Discard any that are open or cracked.

When cooking the mussels, avoid overcooking them by removing them from the heat as soon as they open, usually within three to five minutes. Do not cook them for too long, or they could become tough and rubbery.

When adding the wine, make sure to bring it to a boil before adding the mussels. This will help the wine broth evenly distribute throughout the pot and cook the mussels more quickly.

As for substitutions, while dry white wine is best for this recipe, you can also try Sauvignon Blanc or another similar variety. If you want to experiment with flavors, consider adding garlic or tomato sauce to create a different taste experience.

Additionally, if you do not have access to fresh mussels, you can use frozen ones. However, be mindful that frozen mussels might take longer to cook and require additional seasoning.

Lastly, be sure to serve your steamed mussels immediately after cooking. When reheated, seafood can become tough and rubbery.

By following these tips and techniques, you’ll have perfectly cooked steamed mussels that will leave your guests wanting more.


Now that you have learned how to prepare the delicious and easy-to-make dish of steamed mussels in white wine, you might have a few questions in mind. Here are some frequently asked questions, along with their answers, to help you clear any doubts and ensure a perfect outcome every time you cook this recipe.

What wine is best for steaming mussels?

Pairing wine with steamed mussels can be a challenge as you wouldn’t want the wine to overshadow the delicate and briny taste of the mussels. A crisp and refreshing wine like Muscadet, Chablis, Vermentino or Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match, as their neutral taste complements the mussels’ subtle saltiness without overpowering it.

What is the best white wine to cook mussels in?

For those craving some baked mussels, a crisp dry white wine would be perfect to match the flavors of the dish. Opting for an Italian white like Pinot Grigio would be a great choice, but an unoaked Chardonnay or a fruity Sauvignon Blanc like Sauvignon de Touraine would also be an excellent pairing.

Is it better to steam or boil mussels?

For optimal flavor and texture, it’s crucial to steam the mussels instead of boiling them. First, heat the liquid to a rolling boil, drop in the mussels simultaneously, and quickly cover the pot. After that, allow the mussels to cook for precisely three minutes using a timer.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking to impress your friends or family with a delicious and sophisticated seafood dish, Mussels Steamed in White Wine is definitely the recipe to try. This classic French-inspired dish is not only easy to make but also incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy.

With just a few simple ingredients like garlic, onion, and thyme, combined with the bright and lively flavors of dry white wine, this recipe elevates the humble mussel into a gourmet experience that will transport you right to the shores of France.

What’s more, steamed mussels in white wine are incredibly versatile and can be served as an appetizer, a light main course or even part of a larger seafood feast. You can also customize this recipe depending on your preferences by adding different herbs or substituting some of the ingredients.

So why not try making Mussels Steamed in White Wine at home and enjoy this delicious treat with your loved ones? With its unbeatable combination of taste, ease-of-preparation, and versatility, it’s sure to become a staple in your recipe repertoire for years to come.

Mussels Steamed in White Wine

Mussels Steamed in White Wine Recipe

Hubby doesn't like mussels. More for me! From 365 Low Calorie Recipes. Serve with crusty bread.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 352.1 kcal


  • 3 lbs mussels, cleaned
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Place mussels in a large kettle. Add onion, 2 tablespoons parsley, thyme, pepper, wine and water.
  • Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, until mussels open. Stir well.
  • Remove mussels with a slotted spoon. Discard any that do not open.
  • Strain juices through a cheesecloth.
  • Divide mussels into 4 soup bowls. Pour hot broth over.
  • Top with remaining parsley and serve.

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Serving: 453gCalories: 352.1kcalCarbohydrates: 16.4gProtein: 40.9gFat: 7.7gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 95.5mgSodium: 981.7mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1.4g
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