Easy Steamed Mussels
Steamed mussels are very tasty, they are also very easy to make, and are hard to mess up. Mussels are also one of the cheaper seafood options available.
Servings Prep Time
4people 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4people 5minutes
Cook Time
Cooking liquid
  • 2tablespoons butter
  • 2cloves garlicpeeled and minced
  • 2tablespoon parsleychopped finely
  • 1teaspoon chiveschopped finely
  • 2cups chicken stockenough to fill the bottom of the pot by about 1/4″
  • 2pounds musselscleaned and debearded
Prepare cooking liquid
  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium heat
  2. Add butter, and wait for it to begin to foam.
  3. Add garlic, stirring frequently. Once it begins to soften, and become aromatic, add parsley and chives, or whichever herbs you are using.
  4. Pour in chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
Steaming the mussels
  1. Once boiling, add mussels carefully, and cover. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  2. Allow to steam, shaking the pot every 30 seconds, or so to move them around.
  3. Within a minute, they should begin to open.
  4. Once all of the mussels (or most) have opened, and “look cooked”, they are finished. This usually takes less than five minutes. They are usually finished in three or four minutes, but depends on how many mussels you are cooking, your cooking liquid, and how hot you are cooking them. Anything more than five minutes, you are probably cooking them too long.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat, and transfer the mussels to a large bowl for serving.