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Recipe for Mussels in White Wine Sauce

This recipe for mussels in white wine sauce is sure to be a favorite for an elegant meal at home or entertaining guests.
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Course: Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine: French
Keyword: mussels in white wine sauce, mussels with white wine sauce, recipe for mussels in white wine sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Author: Rachel


  • 1 lb. of fresh mussels, cleaned and de-bearded
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter, unsalted
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup parsley, divided
  • 2 Tbsp, fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes


  • With heat on medium, add olive oil to a sauté pan and heat.
  • Add shallot, garlic and sauté until they are soft. About 3 minutes.
  • Turn heat to low and add butter to the pan and melt.
  • Then add herbs (half the parsley) and red pepper flakes and simmer for 2 minutes
  • Add in the white wine and simmer until it is reduced by about two thirds.
  • Then add in the heavy cream and lemon juice and whisk well.
  • Add the mussels and cover the skillet. Steam mussels 8 – 10 minutes.If you’re using pre-cooked that have been flash frozen then you just need to really reheat them. This should take about 8 minutes.
  • Top with lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste and the rest of the parsley.