How To Cook Mussels – Simple, Quick, and Delicious

how to cook mussels

Mussels are a type of shellfish. Its meat has a mild flavor and its texture is soft yet slightly chewy. The core thumb rule to remember when cooking mussels is that if their shells are open, they are not alive and therefore inedible. Additionally, do not use any mussels that have a broken shell or hollow sound. Keeping that in mind, let’s move on to how to cook mussels in the stove and oven.

1. Ingredient

The subtle taste of mussels makes it a fabulous ingredient that can be mixed and matched with a host of spices, herbs, broth or dipping sauce.

2. How to Cook Mussels

Mussels are super easy to prepare. They can be steamed, boiled, baked, roasted, smoked, fried, and barbequed.

Yet, no matter how to prefer to cook them, rinsing the mussels thoroughly, removing the beards (if any), and ensuring their shells are tightly closed is a key step in every case. Check the slightly opened mussels by tapping the shell gently. If you notice the shell slowly closing-up, they are fresh and edible. If not, discard them.

Now, let’s start cooking steamed mussels on the stove and in the oven.

how to cook mussels


  2.1. How to Cook Mussels on Stove

It just takes 5-7 minutes to cook mussels on the stove!

Things you’ll need

  • 20-25 Mussels (1 pound)
  • 1 cup of water (vegetable broth or white wine)
  • A deep pot with lid

Cooking Process: Steamed

Step 1: Transfer the mussels to the pot and pour the water.

Step 2: Turn on the stove and set the flame to high. Now, place the pot on the stove and cover it with the lid. Let it cook in the steam for 5 minutes.

Step 3: After 5 minutes, open the lid, stir the mussels, and cover again for 2 more minutes.

Step 4: By now, all the mussels should have opened up! Using a slotted spoon take out the cooked mussels and put them in a plate.

Serve the mussels with a sauce made from the leftover broth in the pot.

To make the sauce, add a cube of butter and some fresh chopped chives in the broth. Season it with some salt and crushed black pepper (or cayenne pepper). Cook the sauce over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the sauce thickens slightly. Pour the butter sauce on top of the mussels.

  2.2. How to Cook Mussels in Oven

It takes 5-7 minutes to cook Mussels in the oven!

Things you’ll need:

  • 20-25 Mussels (1 pound)
  • Oven-proof serving bowl
  • Plastic wrap or aluminum foil

Cooking Process:

Step 1: Place the rinsed mussels in the serving bowl.  

Step 2: Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and place it in the oven. Set the temperature at 500°F and cook for 4 minutes.

Step 3: Wear a microwave glove or use a towel to get the mussels out of the oven. Let it sit for a minute.

Step 4: Make a small cut in the plastic wrap with a knife and pour out the broth in a bowl.

Step 5: Now, remove the wrap and check if all the mussels have opened. If not, seal the bowl again and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Relish the mussels by taking out the meat with a fork, and dipping it in the steaming broth and melted butter.

That’s how to cook mussels on the stove or in the oven! It’s simple, quick, and delicious!

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