Drunken Mussels


This mussels recipe is seriously delicious and one of the quickest shellfish preparations known to man. Bring a flavorful, wine-based broth to a boil, add mussels, and cover; cook until they open, and eat. That's it! Serve with grilled bread for a perfect way to mop up the broth.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 2 cups white wine

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded

  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add garlic and let sizzle for about 30 seconds. Stir in lemon zest and red pepper flakes for about 45 seconds.

  2. Quickly pour wine into the pot and season with black pepper. Bring sauce to a boil; add mussels and cover immediately. Shake pot and let boil for 1 minute.

  3. Stir mussels, replace cover, and let boil for 2 more minutes. The shells will begin to open. Stir in parsley, cover, and cook until all shells are open, 1 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

718 Calories
22g Fat
27g Carbs
56g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 718
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 1411mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 56g
Vitamin C 78mg 392%
Calcium 197mg 15%
Iron 21mg 114%
Potassium 1833mg 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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