Mexican-Style Steamed Mussels

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

I always keep an eye out for mussels to go on sale at the local fish counter, just so I can make this yummy recipe. It makes for a great quick light meal. Be warned, though: four pounds of well-prepared mussels can disappear much faster than you think. Also a great recipe to use with clams, if that's what you prefer. Prep time does not include time to clean the shellfish.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (leave the seeds in if you want more heat)
  • 1 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup white wine (cooking wine is okay)
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon ground black pepper (fresh is preferred)
  • 4 lbs mussels, well-cleaned and debearded (discard any open ones that don't close when you tap the shell, or ones that feel extremely heavy - t)


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot (stock pot) over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, tomato, and jalapenos.
  3. Cook just until softened.
  4. Add the wine, water, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Add the mussels and cilantro and cover the pot.
  6. Steam for 8-10 minutes, carefully shaking the pot occasionally to shift the mussels around.
  7. The mussels are cooked when they are fully opened.
  8. Be sure to discard any mussels that do not open.
  9. Dish the mussels and broth out into bowls.
  10. Serve with fresh crusty bread or warm fresh corn tortillas for sopping up the broth.


Most Helpful

Excellent. I omitted the tomato, but loved the flavors from the jalapeno and cilantro.

iris5555 July 17, 2009

EXCELLENT! Nice and easy to make with a burst of flavor. Enjoyed with a loaf of homemade french bread and a glass of wine, not to mention great company! - lovenest

lovenest September 20, 2003

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