Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How to Prepare Fresh Mussels

Ever have that seafood craving but not the budget to spend the crazy amount for it?

Where I am currently located, a bag of crab legs would be 17.99 with only 3 to 4 clusters and a few broken legs. To feed 3 people that love seafood just as much as I do, that could easily bring my total for one item 53.97 plus tax/surcharge.

Luckily for us, we were able to find some fresh mussels for cheap :)

Now trust me, mussels can taste very bad if not properly handled or cooked, so if you want to skip this whole process and move on to adding favor, buy the frozen already cooked bigger size mussels. We normally do that, but this time, the store was out, so we went for the fresh mussels - they aren't really that much harder!

What you will need:

Mussels about 2 to 3 lbs (1 lb per person)
Butter (Great excuse to use my homemade butter)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder
Medium Onion
3 Tablespoons Dried Parsley Flakes
1/2 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
1/2 Tablespoon Old Bay
4 cups Water*

Preparing the pot:

Cut up one medium size yellow onion. With the heat on mid-high, place your cut onions in a stock pot, sweating them down for 2 minutes before adding the 3 tablespoons of butter.  Add the remaining ingredients, except the mussels, to the pot.

*NOTE: These are smaller mussels that I am working with. If you have the larger, frozen mussels you would do 2 cups of water due to the liquid inside the mussels. Also, you would double the garlic salt and Old Bay if you are using the frozen mussels.

Bring the pot to a boil.

While the pot is coming to a boil, you need to thoroughly rinse the mussels to get rid of any sand.

Wash/Rinse the mussels about 5 times.

DO NOT LEAVE SOAKING IN WATER - This will kill them.  At this point, they are still alive*

This is open to opinion, but I have found that two test need to happen before you place the live mussels in the pot:

1st - any mussels that have their mouth open (the shell) and when you tap it, it does not close: those go in the trash.

2nd - (I have used this method several times and it seems to work without failure)
Place the mussels in water and the ones that float to the top place in the pot. The ones that do not are normally dead.

Place the mussels into boiling water and let cooked, covered, for 8 minutes.Then stir, and you should see some of the shells opening at this point. Give it 2 more minutes to cook completely.

This is optional:
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter for dipping.

Serve immediately!

If you don't plan to serve now, you can drain juices and freeze for up to 3 months



  1. Great tip! Thank you so much for joining in the fun at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  2. So helpful! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

  3. I love mussels, we have them many different ways, I have always used the frozen style, never the fresh. I am so glad I saw your review I would have served up some really sandy, dead, nasty mussels!!! Great job, when's dinner?

  4. I love mussels but have always resisted trying to clean them. Thanks for showing me how and sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom. I love them in a red sauce Italian style.

  5. I never tried making mussels at home as cleaning part is difficult, your post showed gave an idea to clean them Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

  6. Great tips! Pinned and tweeted. We love partying with you and we appreciate you stopping by! Please take a minute to stop by next week, so we can pin and tweet your new creation. The party starts on Monday at 7 pm! Have a great Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Hi Andrenne,
    Thanks for the great information on how to prepare mussels and sharing on Real Food Fridays Pinned & tweeted!

  8. Adrenne, thanks so much for your tips about preparing mussels! Pinning for the future:) Thanks so much for sharing your tip @ at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I hope you will join us again tonight @ 8EST. Take care, Tara

  9. You guys are very welcome, and stay tuned for some more food tutorials and crafty time :) Thanks for reading!

  10. I love all seafood including Mussels...but not my husband!! So I have never cooked them myself. Great Post if I ever want to try. Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Pinned! Hope you come back tomorrow!!

  11. I love seafood, but can you believe I have never tried mussels. Really need to! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Great tips! Thanks for sharing at Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

  13. These are great tips. I have never cooked mussels before. Thanks for linking up.

  14. Yum, this looks great! Thank you, thank you so much for sharing this delicious dish on Making Memories Mondays!! I am so glad that you came!

  15. Just an fyi, I featured this post for my Small Victories Sunday Linkup shares this week.

  16. I love mussels but have never prepared that at home, great tips! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  17. My hubs loves mussels, but I've never prepared them at home. I appreciate your tips. Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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