August 23, 2010

I love mussels.  I should say I love any shellfish.  I still remember the first time I tried mussels. My friend bought a bunch of huge green shelled New Zealand mussels from a seafood store.  She got so much that she was willing to sell some to me.  So I got a couple of dozen from her.  I had never cooked mussels before.  She suggested me to soak the mussels in water for an hour or so.  Then put them in a toaster oven.  Let it cook until the shell opens. Then add a little bit melted butter.  It was super simple and soooooooo delicious.  Each mussel was huge, like 3 inches long.  I really crave that freshness of mussels.  I tried mussels in some restaurants in US, but all of the mussels were very tiny.  The other day, I came across the seafood counter of the Chinese grocery store and found some frozen mussels.  I thought I could give it a try.  HUGE mistake.  The frozen mussels were edible.  But the texture were very semi-ok because it  didn’t taste fresh at all.  Next time, I will remind myself never to get any mussels from a box.

Don't buy mussels in a box!!! It wasn't good
Cook onion and garlic first
Cook onion and garlic first
Add wine and water
Add wine and water
Mussels in White Wine Sauce


  • Mussels, 2 pounds
  • Onion, 1 small, chopped
  • Garlic, 2 cloves, chopped
  • Chicken powder, 1 tsp
  • Parsley, 2 stalks
  • White wine, 1 cup
  • Water, 1 cup
  • Butter, 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon Juice, a few drops (Optional.  I probably use 1 tsp)


  1. Let mussels soak in water for couple of hours for clearning.
  2. Finely cut onion into tiny pieces, put it aside.
  3. Finely chop garlic. Put it aside.
  4. In a large pan, add butter to the pan. Use medium heat.  Add onion and garlic to the pan.  Let it cook for a minute or two.
  5. Add water, white wine, chicken powder and parsley to the pan.
  6. Add cleaned mussels to the pan.  Let it cook for about 8 mins.  Make sure all the shells are open.  Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice to the pan.    Serve hot.

One thought on “Mussels in White Wine Sauce”

  1. Sweet, this is definitely what I was seeking for! This post just spared me alot of digging around

    I’ll make sure to put this in good use!

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