Steamed Mussels in Garlic-White Wine Sauce

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recipe by Jessica Entzel

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based on 2 ratings

Eating well doesn't need to be time and labor intensive or even be expensive. Steamed mussels are delicious and take very little time to make. They are my favorite seafood, as I don't feel guilty indulging in them because they are sustainable. This meal can be made start to finish in 30 minutes and makes a lovely lunch or a simple dinner served with crusty bread and a salad. I also like to enjoy mine with a nice glass of rose or bubbles.

recipe updated Feb 5, 2020


  • Mussels icon
    2¾ cups
  • Salted butter icon
    Salted butter
    1.5 tbsp (21g)
  • Shallot icon
    2 tbsp (20g)
  • Garlic icon
    1 tbsp (8g)
  • Fresh thyme icon
    Fresh thyme
    8 sprigs
  • White wine icon
    White wine
    ¾ cup (180ml)
  • Heavy cream icon
    Heavy cream
    ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    3 pinches
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    1 tsp (about 3g)


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  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Glass measuring cup
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Add mussels to a clean large mixing bowl
  2. Add salted butter to a clean large saucepan
  3. Melt - medium heat
  4. Add shallot and garlic to a clean small bowl
  5. Transfer vegetables to large saucepan
  6. Sauté until fragrant - approx 1 min, medium heat
  7. Add fresh thyme to the large saucepan
  8. Add white wine and heavy cream to a clean glass measuring cup
  9. Transfer liquid to large saucepan
  10. Cook until simmering
  11. Add black pepper and kosher salt to the large saucepan
  12. Transfer fish to large saucepan and cover
  13. Steam - 5 min
  14. Serve immediately
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