How To Cook Mussels in White Wine – Butter Garlic Mussels Recipe

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1. How to Choose Fresh Mussels

  • Choose mussels that are tightly closed with glossy, damp & clean shell. Stay away from open mussels or those with a dirty, dull, or broken shell.
  • Check the source and opt for farmed mussels. Compared to the wild ones, farmed mussels have a thinner shell, are cleaner & meatier.
  • Smell the mussels! Those with natural salty ocean scent are fresh. Avoid those with fishy scent as it’s a sign they are rotten inside. 
  • Enquire (the store/fishmonger) when the mussels were fished/stocked. Best buy the ones fished the very day. Once out of the water, mussels are freshest for 3-5 days.

2. How to Clean Mussels

Clean the mussels’ right before cooking them as follows:

  • To get rid of any dirt or sand particles, put the mussels on a mesh strainer/colander and rinse thoroughly under running water.
  • To remove the barnacles or attached seaweed, use a hand-brush with stiff bristles to scrub them off while rinsing under fresh tap water.
  • To remove the beard (brownish thread-like tuft), grasp it and pull it out if it’s tightly stuck cut it with a paring knife or scissors.
  • Avoid soaking the mussels in the water at all costs.

3. How to Store Cooked Mussels

  • To freeze cooked mussels, let them cool down a bit. Remove the meat from the shell with a spoon/knife and transfer to a tight freezer-safe container. Pour the broth (from the cooked dish) to cover all the meat, close the lid, and put in the freezer to last for four months.
  • To refrigerate cooked mussels, put them in a zip-lock bag or airtight container. Keep in the fridge and consume within four days.
  • Avoid storing cooked mussels with uncooked mussels.
  • If the refrigerated/frozen cooked mussels smell bad or seem slimy, discard them.

4. How to Cook Mussels on the Stovetop

Ingredients

  • 2-2½  pounds fresh Mussels
  • Two tablespoons unsalted butter (25 grams)
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic (minced)
  • One small shallot (chopped finely)
  • 1½ cups of White Wine
  • 3½ Tablespoons Crème Fraiche (50ml)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley leaves (roughly chopped)
  • A heavy-bottomed frying pan, a spatula,  

How long to cook the mussels on the stovetop

It takes 10-12 minutes to cook mussels on the stovetop

Instructions

Step 1: Prep the mussels by rinsing under fresh running water. Scrub off the shells for any dirt/debris and de-bread them.

Step 2: Place the pan on the stove at medium heat. Add the butter and wait 30-40 seconds until it melts.

Step 3: Add the chopped shallot and minced garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently.

Step 4: Next, add the prepared mussels and the white wine into the pan and cook mussels for 4-5 minutes at medium-high heat. In between, uncover the lid and stir.

Step 5: As soon as the mussels start to open their shells partially, splash the crème Fraiche and sprinkle the chopped parsley on top. Stir once!

Step 6: Continue to cover and cook until all the mussels open. Turn off the stove. (*Throw away any mussels that remain closed after cooking is done.)

Step 7: Serve the delicious steamed mussels with garlic and white wine in a bowl alongside crisp toasted bread slices or chips. Also, you can try to eat mussels with cucumber salad.

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Tips when cooking Mussels:

  • To cut down the calories, you may substitute the butter with low-fat butter or extra virgin olive oil.
  • If you wish to use a lesser quantity of white wine, then instead of 1½ cups of white wine, use 1 cup of chicken stock.
  • Do not season the mussels with salt as they tend to release natural salt.

Although cooking mussels is not easy and can take time, I still hope you can learn how to cook mussels in this writing. If you can prepare well, you can enjoy a better time for the stomach.

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