Steamed Mussels with Homemade Aioli

16 Sep

A couple of nights ago I had the urge to make steamed mussels, something I had never done at home before. I was amazed by how easy and delicious these were, not to mention inexpensive. The recipe is as follows:


  • 1-medium onion, diced
  • 3 to 4-cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • butter
  • 2-cups white wine
  • 1-bay leaf
  • red chili flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2-pounds mussels, cleaned and bearded
  • homemade aioli (optional for a creamier sauce)
  • basil/green onions for garnish


  • In a medium sautee pan over medium heat, melt a generous bit of butter (about a quarter of a stick).
  • Add onion and garlic and sweat for about 10 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  • Add wine, bay leaf, a good dash of chili flakes, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley, and simmer lightly for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf and add mussels, covering and turning heat up to medium-high.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, shaking the pan like you would when making popcorn (mussels are done when they open, discard the ones that never open).
  • Transfer mussels into a large bowl, keeping cooking liquid in the pan. Whisk in about 1/2 cup aioli to finish the sauce.
  • Plate by pouring sauce over mussels and garnish with fresh basil/green onions.
  • Serve with copious amounts of buttered toast, and enjoy!

One Response to “Steamed Mussels with Homemade Aioli”

  1. frugalfeeding 09/16/2011 at 4:26 am #

    Oh yum, this sounds really great – right up my street food wise.

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