Here’s how to cook mussels the best way! Let me show you my absolute favorite recipe for mussels with bacon and beer… Learn here to cook mussels step by step!
So do you know how to cook mussels then?
Have you ever cooked mussels before? It’s not as hard as it looks.
Here in our family we love mussels. The fresh mussels that we can get at our local supermarket are also of excellent quality. And they are not all that expensive either. That helps as well!
But to avoid any funny business later on, the most important thing is to know the good ones from the bad. And it happens, that there’s a bad dead mussel amongst the fresh ones.
Here at home we use this rule of thumb.
Is the mussel shell broken? Then there’s a fair chance that it has pierced the mussel inside. Get rid of it.
Foul odor? Same. However don’t mistake the salty sea smell as an indication that the mussels have gone off.
People also say that if the mussels are a tad open, and they don’t close properly when you push on them, then they are dead.
That’s not always true. They might just be a little slow and sleepy after having been in a fridge for so long.
How To Cook Mussels
Best thing to avoid buying dead or old mussels is to get them as fresh as possible. And prepare them the very same day that you buy them, at the most the day after.
Here’s what I always do.
I remove the plastic wrapping and store the mussels in the fridge in a large bowl filled with tap water and a little pinch of salt. Then an hour before I intend to cook them, I take the bowl out of the fridge and let the mussels wake up a little. You will see that lots of mussels that were a tiny bit open, have closed perfectly by then.
Do you love mussels?
Then also try my mussels in blue cheese and beer sauce!
How To Cook Mussels: The Method
- 3 ½ lbs fresh mussels (1,5 kg)
- 3,5 oz salted bacon (100 g ), diced
- ½ onion chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic chopped
- 1 cup pilsner beer (240 ml)
- a handful fresh parsley chopped
- Clean the mussels one by one using a sharp knife. Remove any barnacles, dirt or beards: the tough threads that sometimes stick out of the shell. Pull them out using your fingers.
- Remove any broken or open mussels. If you’re not sure, tap on the opened shell. It should close immediately. If it stays open, the mussel inside is dead. Discard. Then rinse the cleaned mussels under cold running tap water and drain. They might make ’clicking’ noises, that’s normal.
- In a very large pan add the chopped onion and garlic. Then pour in some olive oil and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the diced bacon and stir well. Cook for another 5 minutes until the bacon is cooked through.
- Then add the drained mussels to the pan and season with a generous sprinkle of pepper.
- Put a lid on the pan and shake the mussels well. Then turn the heat very high and pour in the beer.
- Put the lid back on the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until all the mussels are all open. Give the pan another good toss so all the ingredients are mixed well.
- Then check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste if necessary. Transfer the mussels and the remaining mussel juice to large bowls and sprinkle with the freshly chopped herbs.