Beer Steamed Mussels

Mussels have a rich, sweet flavour and plump, tender texture. They are bi-valve shellfish about 2 – 3 inches in length. Mussels can be substituted in any recipe calling for clams or oysters.


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 pinch pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 2 ¼ pounds cleaned mussels
  • 3 tbsp. chopped parsley


  1. In a large pot such as a Dutch oven, braiser or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and pepper flakes and sauté until onions are translucent, approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Add butter to the pot and allow it to melt.
  4. Add the beer to the onions and allow that to simmer.
  5. Add cleaned mussels to the hot liquid. Cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mussels to serving bowls, discarding any that have not opened. Drizzle with remaining liquid. Top with fresh parsley.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 13 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

NOTE: Take a short cut and use the Mussels Marinara seasoning by Gourmet du Village in this recipe to replace the onion, garlic and pepper flakes.