A Guide for Buying and Cooking Mussels

FoodNetwork-Fish7/13/06

Photo by: TheresaRaffetto212.375.9432 ©Theresa Raffetto

TheresaRaffetto212.375.9432, Theresa Raffetto

Mussels don't have the same cachet as other shellfish, but when steamed in a mixture of white wine, garlic, parsley and butter, they make a fabulous dinner. Wild mussels are full of sand and dirt, and a chore to clean. Farm-raised mussels are significantly cleaner and just as flavorful.

You should buy 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of mussels per person for a main-course serving. The most common type is the black-colored "blue mussel," but green-shelled New Zealand mussels are popular, too.

Mussels are sold live and their shells should be tightly closed, but some may "gape" open slightly. Try pressing the shell shut. If it stays closed, the mussel is still alive and safe to eat, but if it opens again, throw the mussel away.

Mussel Recipes

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Buy Wine

With all of the anxiety and intimidation surrounding wine purchasing, it is a bloody shame that there is no user’s manual for visiting a wine shop. No matter: These strategies will help you get the most out of a wine merchant.

Wine Varietals to Know

With our glossary in mind, let's dig deeper into the big six grape varietals.

Serving Temperature of Wine in the Summer

The serving temperature of wine is like the weather conditions in a city: Small differences can vastly change your attitude about what's in front of you. The following guidelines will cast your wine in the most flattering light.

5 Tips to Understanding Bubbly

Resist saving bubbly just for birthdays and ball drops and instead enjoy it throughout dinner. Part and parcel of upping your BCQ (Bubbly Consumption Quotient) is mastering these simple points.

Budget Wines

Wines under $10, recommended by Michael Green

3 Sizzling Wine Types for Barbecue

The aromatherapy of summer is the sweet perfume of a fired-up grill, accompanied by wine that complements whatever happens to be sizzling and smoking above the coals.

10 Thanksgiving Wine Tips And Pairings

Be the wine hero of Thanksgiving by bringing the perfect bottle — use our tips and wine pairing ideas.

Cold-Weather Wines

"Septembral" is a poetic word for autumn and the cooler weather and richer, earthier food that come with it. These six wines fit the Septembral theme (and beyond).

Wine for Sangria

Sangria, a mixture of wine, fruit, sweetener and sometimes liquor, is capable of bringing such happiness that science should consider classifying it as an antidepressant. Here are some guidelines to make sangria as uplifting as it can be.

Wine Tasting Terms to Know

Swirl your wine, breathe deeply, take a taste, and think about what comes to mind. Here is what to look for when tasting wine.

On TV

The Pioneer Woman

9:30am | 8:30c

The Pioneer Woman

1:30pm | 12:30c

Chopped

2pm | 1c

Chopped

3pm | 2c

Chopped

4pm | 3c

Chopped

5pm | 4c

Chopped

6pm | 5c

Chopped

7pm | 6c

Chopped

8pm | 7c

Chopped

9pm | 8c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Chopped

10pm | 9c

Chopped

11pm | 10c

Chopped

12am | 11c

Chopped

1am | 12c

Chopped

2am | 1c

Chopped

3am | 2c

Get Cooking

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.