How Do You Cook Mussels With White Wine?


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Cooking mussels with white wine involves cleaning the mussels and removing dead mussels, then adding them to a pan with white wine. It is a simple dish to cook that can be accomplished by most people, regardless of cooking experience. The most difficult part is deciding which, if any, mussels to throw away because they have gone bad.

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How Do You Cook Mussels With White Wine?
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The following instructions are a recipe for cooking mussels in white wine and serving with parsley.

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 5 min.

Ready In: 20 min


  • 2 lbs. mussels, in their shells
  • A small glass of white wine
  • A chopped shallot
  • Chopped parsley

Step 1: Most of the time spent preparing and cooking mussels in white wine is taken up with cleaning. This involves removing as much as possible from the exterior of the shell, which includes barnacles and any stringy bits, often referred to as beards. This should be done in cold water. A knife can be used if they are difficult to remove. Only intact shells can be cooked, so discard any that are broken. Ideally, the shells should be closed, but open shells can be cooked as long as they can be closed easily.

Step 2: Put the mussels into as big a pan as possible. A shallow pan with a wide diameter works best. Add the glass of wine and the shallot and cook for about 4 minutes.

Step 3: When the mussels are ready to eat, their shells should open on their own. During the cooking process, this is a good indicator that the mussels are ready and can be removed from the heat. Continue cooking until most, if not all, of the shells open. However, even mussels that are closed can be eaten as long as the shell can be opened easily. Use the parsley as garnish and serve.

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