Steamed Mussels in Tomato-Garlic Broth


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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
598 Calories
18g Fat
32g Carbs
74g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 598
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 169mg 56%
Sodium 1123mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 74g
Calcium 131mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These mussels bathed in a garlicky tomato broth are heavenly, and they are also one of the most budget-friendly seafood options available today. This dish makes a delicious first course or light supper. Serve it with crusty French bread for dipping into the broth.


  • 4 pounds fresh mussels (well scrubbed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion (chopped fine (about 1 cup))
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (minced fresh)
  • 1 (about 14 1/2 ounces) can whole tomatoes (drained and chopped)
  • 1 cup fish stock (bottled clam juice or white wine)

Steps to Make It

Clean the Mussels:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Drop them into lightly salted water to cover and let stand for 15 minutes to rid them of sand.

  3. Scrub the mussels thoroughly with a stiff brush and remove the fuzzy beards.

  4. Discard any mussels with broken or open shells.

Start the Broth:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a 6-quart pot, melt the oil over medium heat.

  3. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until softened.

  4. Add the tomatoes, broth, and parsley and bring to a boil over high heat.

  5. Reduce the heat to low. Add the mussels.

  6. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or just until the shells open.

  7. Gently stir once or twice to ensure even cooking.

  8. With a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels to individual bowls, discarding any mussels that haven't opened. Ladle some of the broth into each bowl. and serve right away.

  9. Enjoy!

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