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Steamed Mussels

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Steamed Mussels
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4
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Looking for a seafood dinner that’s ready in just 25 minutes? Then check out this classic mussels dish that can be made using three ingredients.

Ingredients

4
lb mussels in shells
1/2
cup boiling water
Butter or margarine, melted, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Discard any broken-shell or open (dead) mussels. Scrub remaining mussels in cold water, removing any barnacles with a dull paring knife. Remove beards by giving them a tug (using a kitchen towel may help). If you have trouble removing them, use pliers to grip and pull gently.
  • 2 Place mussels in large container. Cover with cool water. Agitate water with hand, then drain and discard water. Repeat several times until water runs clear; drain.
  • 3 In steamer,* place half of the mussels and the boiling water. Cover and steam 3 to 5 minutes, removing mussels as they open. Discard any unopened mussels. Repeat with remaining mussels.
  • 4 Serve hot mussels in shells with butter.
Tips  

*If steamer is not available, place mussels in 6-quart Dutch oven. Add 1 inch boiling water; cover tightly.

Substitute oysters for the mussels. Clean as directed in step 1 (oysters do not have beards). Omit step 2. Continue as directed. Steam 5 to 8 minutes.

Pull beard by giving it a tug (using a kitchen towel may help). If you have trouble removing it, use a pliers to grip and pull gently.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
15
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
1 1/2g
3%
(
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Sodium
115mg
5%
Potassium
640mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
6g
2%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
0g
)
Protein
25g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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