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Video:How to Make Steamed Mussels

with Roblé Ali

Steamed mussels are a classic meal. Learn how to make steamed mussels following this delicious and easy recipe.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Steamed Mussels

Hi. I'm Chef Roblé for About.com.

Ingredients for Steamed Mussels

Here are our ingredients:
  • Sliced baguette. As many slices as you want
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup small diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds mussels

Preparing Steamed Mussels

The first thing you want to do is take the mussels and rinse them off under cold running water. This will remove a lot of the sand and other things that you want to get rid of before you cook the muscles.

The next you want to do is pick through the mussels and pull out any broken mussels like this one here. I'm going to get rid of that one. And also look for mussels are open, like this one. If it's open, what you do is tap it and if it doesn't close up on its own, you know that it's dead and you don't want to eat it.

This one right here seems like it has some sort of a barnacle or something on it. I'll just take the brush to it under running water. Make sure the water is cold. It comes right off, nice and clean. Sometimes you'll find that they had this little appendage hanging off. This is called a beard. They use this to hold onto things and to grab things underwater. This is how you remove it. You take a beard and you pull it out and towards the tail end of the muscle and it comes off. That one came off pretty easy. Sometimes it's a struggle but that's all you have to do. Just put right towards the back of the muscle and it comes right off. And that's the little beard right there.

Okay so, the pan is hot. It's over medium-high heat. We're going to add the butter and the extra virgin olive oil. The garlic, it's all in there, the red onion. I'm just going to start around a little bit, let it cook for about a minute or so and then gonna add in the red pepper flakes. Those will toast up nicely in the pan. Now we're going to add the mussels right on top. Spread them out, and we're going to pour the wine right over the mussels.

Turn the heat up to high, all the way up to high. We're going to cover them. Let them cook for about four minutes or until the mussels open up. It's about 3 1/2 minutes later. Whenever they are open, that's when they're done. Sometimes they take four minutes, sometimes they take three minutes. Now I'm going to take this parsley and sprinkle it right on top. I'm going to turn off the heat, I'm going to toss the parsley around with the mussels. Now we're going to take the mussels and bowl them up.

Now, this stuff right here in the bottom of the pan? This is the most tasty stuff in the world. This is all over the juices that the mussels released, the butter, the white wine, herbs, the onions, crushed red pepper, butter. This could spread this between the two bowls. This is the good stuff right here I'm going to take a couple of pieces of this bread, put that right in the back. This will be good for soaking up that juice in the bottom of the bowl. And here you have deliciously steamed mussels.

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