Mussels are the perfect easy recipe for your next date night!
Mussels are supposedly an aphrodisiac. I have no idea if that’s true, but after having recently been cleared to eat shellfish again after two decades of abstention I’m looking for any excuse to put it on the menu. So I immediately came up with a mussels recipe and wanted to share with you, because everyone should know how to cook mussels!
This March will mark 16 years (SIXTEEN!) with my husband, and to say our lives are not what we pictured they would be (in the best possible way), would be an understatement of serious proportions. We’re still each other’s favorite people though – which is what counts, right? So, occasionally I try to surprise him with a special meal.
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|We dragged a tripod to the yard and did family pictures this weekend. Afterward I let the kids take turns with my fancy camera. Love these shots of Wesley and me!|
I made the mussels while he was with the kids coaching flag football. My plan was to feed the littles some spaghetti and meatballs, then ship them off to bed. When all was quiet, hubby and I would dig into a couple big bowls of mussels and watch a movie together.
But like they say, the best laid plans… as it turned out, when the gang walked into the kitchen and saw me making something they’ve never had that smelled delicious – everyone wanted to try!
|p.s. I really love these faces.|
And what kind of mom would I be if I denied letting my children try a new and interesting food? So we all ended up sitting together and making quick work of these really really yummy Lemon Garlic Steamed Mussels.
Thhhhhen after bellies were filled, we shipped them off to bed and enjoyed some alone time in front of the tube.
|These ones too. Haha!|
Even though our romantic dinner didn’t go down as planned, it was still a really nice evening. With five kids you learn pretty quickly to roll with the punches and this one was pretty easy. A great meal with my family and some cuddle time with my husband will never be considered a fail.
Mussels – There are approximately 20 – 25 mussels in a pound which will result in about 4 ounces of meat per pound. Assuming each person will eat about 1 pound of mussels, you can calculate how many pounds you will need!
Butter – this is one of the stars of the show, so use a good salted or unsalted butter
Garlic – minced or pressed
Onion Powder – powder adds the flavor throughout the butter without the pieces
Chicken Stock – again, choose a good homemade or store bought stock, as the flavor will come through
Lemon – medium sized, juiced
Salt and Pepper – to taste. This will depend on whether your butter and stock were salted or unsalted.
How Do You Make Mussels
First, prepare mussels by rinsing, inspecting, and removing beard then set aside.
Next, simmer butter, garlic, and onion powder then add chicken stock and lemon juice and bring back to a simmer.
Then, pour butter and stock mix into a heat proof container and bring the now empty pan up to high heat.
Finally, add mussels to the very hot pan, pour butter and stock mix over mussels and cover, reducing heat and cooking until mussels open.
Is It Healthy To Eat Mussels
Mussels are very healthy, as they are a low calorie, high protein food. Mussels have unsaturated fats so are a healthy fat to enjoy as well, and are low in dietary cholesterol.
Are Mussels Good For Weight Loss
Mussels are good for weight loss, as they are a fairly nutrient dense food (you get good nutrition per calorie). Mussels are low in calories and carbohydrates, as well as high in protein.
Are Mussels Good For High Blood Pressure
Mussels may be good for high blood pressure as they are full of Omega 3 fatty acids, an important nutrient for heart (and brain) health.
When Should You Not Eat Mussels And Why
Lore states that all shellfish should only be eaten in months that have an “R” in them (so, September through April). This may have been due to refrigeration issues in the past, but you should always make sure you are getting your mussels from a trusted source!
How Long Are Mussels Good For
Fresh mussels should be eaten within 1 – 2 days. Cooked mussels stored in the refrigerator should be eaten within 1 – 2 days, and frozen mussels within one month.
Can I Freeze Mussels
You can freeze live mussels by placing the live mussels in a plastic freezer bag and store for no more than three months. To defrost, place the bag in the refrigerator and slowly thaw.
How Can You Tell If Mussels Are Bad
You can tell if mussels are bad if they are open before cooking. However, if you tap the shell and it closes, it is fine to continue to prepare.
Are Mussels High In Mercury
Shellfish are usually not high in mercury, so can be enjoyed even when pregnant (always check with your doctor, of course!)
Can I Eat Mussels When Pregnant
Mussels and other shellfish are usually okay in pregnancy, as they are low in mercury, high in protein, and full of nutrients. However, you should always check with your physician with any questions.
Do Mussels Feel Pain
Mussels (probably) do not feel pain, as they do not have a central nervous system. Bivalves, like mussels and clams, have no brain, so no pathways in which to transmit pain signals.
What To Serve With Mussels
More Like Mussels
Mussels Making Tools
Garlic press – Need fresh minced or sliced garlic, but don’t want to peel or chop your garlic? This garlic press is the bessssssst. We’ve had ours for as long as I can remember (maybe a wedding present?), and I use it several times a week!
Calphalon everyday pan – This is a 12″ two handled pan that you will use pretty much every day. Which, of course is why it’s called an everyday pan. I have this one and the Le Creuset version. I use a whole lot of pots and pans in my line of work (apologies to my husband, the dishwasher!) and these are by far my most frequently used pans.
How To Make Mussels Flavored With Lemon And Garlic
Mussels (Lemon Garlic Steamed)
- 5 pounds mussels
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- the juice of one lemon medium sized
- salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse and inspect mussels individually, discarding any that are open or have cracked shells. Remove the beard (short pieces of "hair" sticking out of the shell) if necessary. (Just give it a good tug and wiggle).
- Set mussels aside and in a large pan or pot, on the stove top bring butter, garlic, and onion powder to a gentle simmer until garlic becomes fragrant. Add chicken stock and lemon juice, then bring back to a simmer.
- Pour butter and stock mix into a heat proof container and bring the now empty pan up to high heat.
- Add mussels to the very hot pan, pour butter and stock mix over mussels and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 - 7 minutes (stirring or giving the pan a shake occasionally) until mussels have opened.
- Enjoy! Preferably with some no knead beer bread or crunchy french bread!