Spicy Buttery Steamed Mussels (for two!)


There are times when I share recipes with you that I know very good and well require multiple steps (hello ding dongs!), a few ingredients that are a little pricey (wassup Arroz con Pollo), and some technique that might be unfamiliar (heeyyy French Omelet). Challenges are cool, but sometimes you just want something to be easy, delicious, brainless. I get it. This dish costs around $10 and takes maybe, like, 15 minutes to whip up. Too easy!

Valentine’s Day lands on a Tuesday this year, which means some of you might be coming home from work and you might be a little tired. This is what you should make. This is it!

On another note, if you’re a single lady on Valentine’s Day this year, you should make this too. I mean, I ate it all by myself while standing over the stove, so I dunno, there’s no shame.

And honestly, if you want to take to the comments to tell me how much you hate Valentine’s Day that’s cool, too. I’m here to support you…

Actually, if you tell me you hate it, I might love you more.

It’s not that I’m a Valentine’s Day hater, per se; I can just be pretty apathetic about stuff like this. I dunno. I think sometimes I should care more. Sometimes I think my girly-gene was never given to me…

Whatever. This dish is delicious and easy regardless of your relationship and V-Day sentiments, okay? Trust me on this.

It starts with mussels. Soak ’em with some water and flour. This’ll release the sand. Then there’s a good amount of butter, shallots, garlic, Italian parsley and white wine. Those things are combined to create a broth thing that you might want to bathe in. That’s cool. This is normal.

You add the mussels and allow ’em to steam for a few minutes. AND THAT’S IT.

On another more sentimental, girly, Valentine-sy note, I’d like to let you know that this blog has been a serious love of mine for the past few years. You visiting it daily, weekly, monthly, and leaving comments and sending me emails, mean the world to me. So, thank you.

Alright, enough with the sappy shiz. I’m gonna go eat some gross conversation candy now.



Spicy Buttery Steamed Mussels

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1 pound mussels
2 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 shallots, minced
2 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced and divided
1 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (scale it back to 1 teaspoon if you’re adverse to spicy)
1 cup dry white wine

1. Place the mussels in a bowl and cover them with cold water. Mix in the two tablespoons of flour and allow to stand for 30 minutes. This will allow the mussels to release any sand. Next, drain the mussels and pull the “beards” off. If the mussels are dirty, scrub them, removing any dirt and be sure to discard any that aren’t tightly shut.

2. In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the shallots and garlic; cook for 3-4 minutes and until translucent. Add 2 tablespoons of Italian parsley, crushed red pepper and white wine. Bring to a simmer, reducing liquid for 5-7 minutes.

3. Transfer clean mussels to the pot and cover with a lid, steaming them for 2-3 minutes. Holding the lid down, give the pot a shake one or two times; this will make sure the mussels at the bottom don’t burn. You’ll know when the mussels are done when they’re all open, throwing away any that refuse to open. Scoop mussels into two separate bowls, and ladle liquid over each bowl. Serve with bread. BOOM.

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  • Reply Kasey February 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Mussels are the perfect V-day dessert! It was actually a recipe in our Feb. Pairings Box πŸ™‚ I learned that mussels are an aphrodisiac, and you’re totally right…so easy to make! I love to hate Valentine’s Day, but I think any day when you’re encouraged to tell someone (anyone) you love them is a good day πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Reply Living The Sweet Life February 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    YUM!! I love mussels – – this is some serious good eats πŸ™‚ and with the whole valentines shin-dig … I’m not a huge fan, it’s just gotten silly and out of control now. Tell the special people (person) in your life you love them all the time – – don’t spend a ridiculous amount on flowers and chocolates on just one day

  • Reply Kelly February 15, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Ahhh – heavens just opened and angels are singing. Why didn’t I think of that?! I get so excited to see mussels on a restaurant menu, as if it’s a rare and difficult delicacy. Thank you for bringing me back down to earth.

  • Reply Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life February 15, 2012 at 6:03 am

    These look delish! And I must confess, I wasn’t sappy one bit until I met my husband. Somehow in three years, I’ve developed a gushy, girly, totally cheesy side. I even cry at rom coms, so it could happen…

  • Reply France February 15, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I didn’t get the sappy gene either. But I don’t mind, I like saving those types of emotions for non hallmark holidays anyway. Hubby hates, mussels, I LOVE them, so yes I would eat these over the stove by myself with zero shame, just maybe not on Valentines day, he’ll feel left out. He got the sappy gene.
    I can’t wait to try these and your trick about the flour is a new one. Thank you for that!

  • Reply Sue February 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    These look delicious! I have never cooked mussels, but my husband would be thrilled with these! And I don’t get Valentine’s Day either. It’s just a ploy of Hallmark, the candy companies and florists!

  • Reply Lee February 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Love mussells, hate Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday dreamed up by Hallmark and Russell Stovers. They had a meeting one day and said “how can we sucker everyone out of more money?” My husband is the only man we know who doesn’t have the stress of puttin’ on the dog for Vday. He is under a strict “don’t even go there” orders issued by me. I’ve never understood it. We show each other our love every day of the week – don’t need a special day for it.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Reply Mara @ Elemental Custard February 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Oh YUM I love mussels. Just discovered your blog!

  • Reply Am @ The Cook's Sister February 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    These mussels look fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Katie February 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Great post! question for you though – why the flour? I’ve heard of removing sand by soaking clams/mussels etc in water but haven’t heard of the flour.


    • Reply Adrianna February 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Good question. The mussels will actually feed on that flour; this will clean their stomachs of the sand and other stuff you don’t want to eat.

      • Reply Katie February 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        Nice! I had no idea. Does it work for clams too? We went to a friends beach house during the summer and got a massive amount of clams and oysters. So we soaked them in the salt water for a day.

        • Reply Adrianna February 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

          I’ve actually never tried them with clams. BUT google is telling me that this’ll work with clams too!

  • Reply Stacey! February 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I’m a happily married lady whose husband is being nice today and making dinner and I still don’t care about Valentine’s Day. Womp womp. These mussels look AMAZING and I can’t wait to try ’em out! The first time I made them I used a mish-mash of recipes I found from Martha, Smitten Kitchen, etc. I ate the entire recipe myself and then ate an entire loaf of French bread with the remaining liquid. Yummm. That settles it… I’m making these tomorrow!

    Thanks for all the love and hard work you put into the blog! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna February 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      STACEY! You’re cool Thank you!

  • Reply Connie February 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Wow…I want some of those now.

  • Reply Katie February 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I love mussels! I’ll definitely try this!

  • Reply erin @ yummy supper February 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Adrianna, Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Mussels are always good in my book, and my man would be pysched if I busted out a big bowl of these for Valentine’s Day. Hey, maybe I’ll just do that;)

  • Reply Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy February 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Holy cow I need to make these. Steamed mussels are my favorite but I am the only one in my family that likes them!

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