Steamed Mussels in White Wine

Steamed mussels in white wine

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
966 Calories
32g Fat
48g Carbs
111g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 966
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 1686mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 111g
Calcium 227mg 17%
*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.)

Steamed mussels with white wine is a classic dish and it's incredibly easy to make. The recipe below will serve four people for dinner.

The mussels' natural juices combine with the white wine and butter to make its own sauce, and it really is a heavenly, golden elixir of which you'll want to savor every last drop. To that end, I like to serve the mussels in wide bowls with crusty bread (like this classic French baguette) for soaking up the sauce, but you can serve them with pasta or even rice.

The recipe doesn't call for salt because the mussels are naturally briny. Also, while it's traditional to use shallots with mussels, it's fine if all you can get are onions.


  • 4 pounds fresh mussels
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cloves of garlic (thinly sliced, not chopped or minced)
  • 1/4 cup shallots (chopped)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • Fresh lemon juice (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for steam mussels
    The Spruce
  2. Sort, scrub, and de-beard the mussels. Rinse with cold water.

    Mussels in colander

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  3. Combine the wine, garlic, shallots, and black pepper in a wide stock pot or soup pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

    Shallots and onions
    The Spruce
  4. Add the mussels and cover the pan with a tightly fitting lid. Lower heat to medium-high and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until most of the mussels have opened. Don't overcook, or the mussels can become rubbery.

    Cover the pan
    The Spruce
  5. Stir in the butter and parsley and stir until the butter melts into the liquid.

    Steamed mussels in white wine
    The Spruce
  6. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

    Squeeze lemon juice
    The Spruce
  7. Serve in large bowls with the cooking liquid, along with plenty of crusty bread for soaking up the fragrant sauce. A separate bowl for the empty shells will also come in handy.


  • For mussels in cream, reduce the wine to 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of heavy cream.