A Guide for Buying and Cooking Mussels


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.

Cooking With Alcohol

Forget about getting tipsy – that’s not the point here. Cooking with a little liquor can be a healthy way to add flavor to recipes.

Which Wines and Oils Do I Use When Cooking? — Fix My Dish

Don't stress about what kind of wine to cook with. It's pretty straightforward: If it tastes good in the glass, it'll taste good in the dish.

Easy White Wine Cocktails

A glass of white wine is great on its own, but you can easily jazz it up by adding fresh fruit, fruit juices and other liqueurs. Try these recipes, from Smooth.com wine expert Gregory Del Piaz, for a cool change from your standard mixed drinks.

Sip Wisely: Tips for Smart Alcohol Picks

With spring fever in the air, relax with a glass (or two) of alcohol. Beer, wine and cocktails can be part of a healthy diet---as long as you do it responsibly and follow our tips.

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.

Bubbles and BBQ: A Cool Combo

Catch all the highlights from Bubbles and Q at the 2011 New York Wine and Food Festival.

How to Send Wine Back — Outsmarting Wine

The easiest way to send back a bottle is to bring your server into the fold and ask his opinion.

Latest Stories