The Drunken Mussel is an Irish Favourite

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by Mary Jenny

St. Patrick's Day is upon us once more, bringing waves of green clothing and face paint, sparkling shamrocks – and most enjoyable of all – cold beer. For those looking for an authentic and fun Irish inspired meal to accompany their celebrations, they need look no further than fresh cultivated Atlantic Canadian drunken mussels.

Top Review by beherenow

I made these for a St. Patrick's Day appetizer - they were absolutely delicious! I didn't have celery, but they were fantastic nonetheless. Everyone loved them, even one person who does not particularly care for mussels. Thank you for the recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Stir the fresh blue mussels in a colander while rinsing in tap water. Set aside for a few minutes. Tap any that are open and discard those that don't close in response to the tap.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pot, cook chopped onion and celery, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the beer and fresh mussels.
  4. Cover and steam over high heat until the mussels are open (6–8 minutes).
  5. Squeeze the lemon juice over the mussels, add some parsley and pour into a large bowl to share. Don't forget to sip the sauce.

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