Steamed Mussels with Garlic and Parsley

This steamed mussels recipe is very simple. Only 8 ingredients (butter, shallots, garlic, red pepper flakes, wine, mussels, lemon juice, and parsley).


For the majority of my adulthood, I only ordered mussels at a restaurant until I discovered how easy they are to make at home, not to mention quick and tasty!

Plus let’s be honest, cooking any type of shellfish at home can be a little intimidating at first. However, with just a few simple tricks, you’ll be making these in no time.

When you get your mussels home, you want to store and clean them properly before steaming. Mussels need exposure to air to survive. Never store mussels in water. It will kill them.

What I love about this mussels recipe is that it’s versatile. You can serve these steamed mussels as an appetizer, light main dish with crusty bread on the side, or toss the mussels with your favorite cooked pasta for a heartier meal.