Steamed Mussels

Mussels are something that I’ll get occasionally at a restaurant, but rarely have we made them at home.  Especially since changing my eating habits, I’ve found that mussels are rarely super contaminated with sugar, grains, or legumes, so they’re a standard go-to if we’re out to eat at an Italian restaurant.  What I never really connected the dots on was how easy they are to make at home.  I make littleneck clams for my mom and me on the grill, but this was my first attempt at mussels at home.  This will be a more regular thing from now on.

If you’re on the fence, know that this went from start to finish in under 30 minutes.

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Ingredients
3 lb live mussels
1 Tbsp ghee
3/4 C chicken stock
2 chopped scallions
2 cloves garlic, minced

Method

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Clean the mussels.  We have a brush for our magic bullet express that we use to clean vegetables and it worked well on these too.

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In your dutch oven, heat the ghee on medium-high heat, and then add in scallions.  Once the scallions start to brighten up in color and you can smell them, add the garlic.

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Add the chicken stock after you’ve mixed the garlic among the ghee and scallions.

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Add your mussels into the dutch oven, and cover.  Check the mussels after 3 minutes to see if they are opening.  They should mostly be open, but if not allow to steam covered for another 2-3 minutes.  Turn off heat, and get ready to serve the mussels.

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Discard of any mussels that remain closed after 7 minutes, unless you’re a risk taker with seafood.

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Pour broth over mussels, and enjoy.  These went quickly between Heather, my mom, and me, so enjoy them while they’re hot.

5 thoughts on “Steamed Mussels

  1. It sounds so easy! I am exactly like you, I like to order them but have never made mussels at home before. I did try once but I couldn’t find the seafood shop where google map said it was so I’ve never tried since…perhaps it’s time to try again!

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  3. i can’t wait to try this. i’ve been obsessed with ducktrap mussels from whole foods but it’s a far drive to get them. i see fresh mussels all the time at the regular grocery store but am always intimidated by them. your recipe looks so easy so i figure i can’t mess this up.

  4. ok this was awesome and so easy to make. cleaning the mussels was a pain but i got my sister to help. i got 2 lbs but i didn’t realize how much that was. the flavor was out of this world!! i added some parsley and lemon juice to the pot, too.

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