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Mussels in White Wine Sauce (Moules Marinière)
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Mussels in White Wine Sauce (Moules Marinière)

If you've never cooked mussels at home, it might be easier than you think! These delicious mussels in white wine sauce are simple to make and look impressive.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: French
Keyword: mussels in white wine
Servings: 4
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Shelby Kinnaird


  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic pepper or freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds live mussels (scrubbed, rinsed, and debearded if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)


  • Tie together the parsley and thyme sprigs with kitchen twine.
  • Heat a large, wide saucepan or deep skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Add the olive oil and shallots. Cook, stirring, until the shallots begin to soften, about 1 minute.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the wine, cream, salt, and pepper, then stir well to combine.
  • Add the herb sprigs and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Add the mussels, cover the pan, and cook until the mussels have opened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat and discard any mussels that didn’t open. Discard the herb sprigs.
  • Pour the mussels and their liquid into a deep serving bowl, sprinkle with the chopped parsley, and serve immediately.


This recipe is for 4 servings of mussels.
For a richer sauce, replace the olive oil with unsalted butter. Place the butter in the pan and let it melt before adding the shallots. 
Leftover mussels can be stored in a shallow airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.


Serving: 0.5pound | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg | Net carbs: 2g