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cooked mussels

Mussels with White Wine and Capers

Melt the butter, briefly sauté the minced shallots and garlic, throw in a few fresh herbs, add 1/2 cup white wine, bring to a boil, add the mussels, cover the pot and steam for 5 - 10 minutes. Squeeze on the juice of one lemon. Eat and freaking enjoy.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 - 2 pounds mussels
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 -2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 T capers, drained, rinsed, and chopped
  • some fresh herbs such as chives, thyme, parsley, oregano Whatever you have on hand
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced and zested Optional


  • Rinse the mussels in cold water and pull off any debris. Discard any that don't close.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan, when it is bubbling, add the shallots ande garlic and sauté about 2 minutes. Don't let the garlic burn. Just sauté until the shallots and garlic are translucent and fragrant.
  • Add 1/2 cup white wine and bring to a boil. If you have any fresh herbs, add them now.
  • Add the cleaned mussels, stir well, and cover. Steam 5 - 10 minutes, depending on how many mussels you have. Check them frequently. They are done when the shells are open and the mussels have changed color and texture. They will be orange around the edges and firm. Overcooked mussels are rubbery. Add the optional lemon juice and zest after they have cooked.
  • Discard any mussels that don't open during the steaming process. 
  • Garnish with more fresh herbs, butter, and lemon juice if desired.