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Steamed Mussels with Shallots and Fresh Herbs

  • Servings:

    Serves 4 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    10 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    38 minutes


2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, sliced thin
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 lbs. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 cups dry white wine or cooking wine
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tomato
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
grilled or toasted bread (optional)
Steamed Mussels with Shallots and Fresh Herbs


1. In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallot, garlic, and thyme and sautee just to flavor the oil, about 60 to 90 seconds. Do not brown garlic.
2. Add mussels and toss well. Add wine, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. Cover pot and steam over medium-high heat until mussels open, about 7 minutes.
3. Peel tomato by scoring an X in the bottom. Drop in a small pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, then drop in cold water. Drain and remove peel. Remove seeds and dice tomato into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to mussels along with parsley, basil, and butter and toss to mix. Cover pot and steam for another minute to soften tomato and herbs. The tomatoes should not completely melt into the sauce.
4. Toss again and serve with grilled or toasted bread to dip into the broth if desired.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, July - August 2013


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 4
Base Nutrients
Calories 310 kcal (16%)
Calories from Fat 153 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 17 g (26%)
Saturated Fat 5 g (25%)
Cholesterol 65 mg (22%)
Sodium 530 mg (22%)
Total Carbohydrates 13 g (4%)
Dietary Fiber 1 g (4%)
Protein 23 g (38%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a