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A white bowl full of Mussels in White Wine Sauce served with bread with a spoon and fork on a black napkin

Mussels in White Wine Sauce

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: garlic mussels, mussels recipe, white wine mussels
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Brenda
This quick and easy Mussels in White Wine Sauce has a delicious butter, garlic, shallot, white wine sauce that is quick, easy, and delicious. This is a perfect dish for Lent, Summer when it is too hot to cook, or whenever the mood is right for a seafood dinner.
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  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced
  • 3 pounds mussels
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped

Kitchen Equipment Needed


  • Clean, de-beard, and soak mussels in cold water for 20 minutes to remove any sand. Discard any open mussels.
  • In a heavy pan with lid, melt butter over medium high heat with olive oil. Add garlic and shallot and cook until translucent. Cook for about 2-3 minutes
  • Add white wine, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Reduce by half.
  • Add mussels.  Cover and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or until mussels are open.
  • Using tongs, transfer opened mussels to a serving plate.  Garnish with parsley.



  • Shellfish requires just a bit more attention, so be sure you are buying fresh mussels. The tag should indicate how fresh they are with a date.
  • Discard any mussels you have doubts about or have open shells, partially open shells, or cracked shells.
  • Be sure to reduce this sauce as the mussels also release their own juices
  • Be sure to have something to sop up the sauce.
  • Discard any mussel that didn't open up after being cooked.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 48.4mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 7.6mg