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Beer Mussels - Mussels Steamed in Beer Recipe


Beer Mussels - Mussels Steamed in Beer Recipe

Beer Mussels - Mussels Steamed in Beer Recipe

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This is one of the easiest shellfish recipes ever! The mussels are quickly steamed in an aromatic beer broth, and in just a few minutes you're ready to eat.

Makes 4 Large or 6 Smaller Portions Mussels Steamed in Beer

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-oz) bottle lager beer, or other lighter style beer
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • pinch of cayenne, optional
  • 3 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed and rinsed
  • lemon wedges, optional


Add the butter to a large stockpot (one with a tight-fitting lid). Melt it over medium heat, and add the garlic and shallots; cook for one minute, or until they begins to sizzle.

Add the beer, parsley, lemon zest, and cayenne. Turn the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the mussels and cover quickly. Cook for 3 minutes, give the pot a little shake back and forth, and cook for another 2-4 minutes, or until the mussels have opened.

As soon as the shells open, serve immediately. The mussels will shrivel up to nothing if left to simmer in the hot liquid. Divide among deep bowls. Taste the broth for salt (usually the mussels provide enough natural salt, but add some if needed. Ladle some of the broth over each bowl, and dig in. Serve with extra lemon wedges if desired.
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