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How to Cook Mussels with Garlic and Lemon Sauce. This easy and simple way is a fool proof to mussels perfection, plus I share many other variations! Yum!

How to Cook Mussels with Garlic and Lemon Sauce

Love mussels? My favorite way to make them is always in a simple garlic and lemon sauce. So this is all about How to Cook Mussels with Garlic and Lemon Sauce :) Plus all the tips and variations you'll ever need to cook mussels. 

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword How to Cook Mussels, How to Make Mussels at Home, Mussels Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 321 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 4 lbs mussels fresh rinsed and any opened mussel discarded
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil, coconut oil, neutral oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced ( or shallots, gingers, red onions , etc)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 zest lemon
  • 1 juice lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley leaves minced ( add basil, mint, cilantro etc)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • bread crunchy for serving


  1. Preheat a 10 inch sautee pan with lid over high heat and add in the butter and garlic. Sautee the garlic for 2 minutes and then add in the mussels. Toss the mussels with the garlic butter and then close the lid. Lower the heat to medium low and let the mussels cook for 10-15 minutes until you notice all mussels have opened up.

  2. Uncover the post and let some of the liquid evaporate over high heat.
  3. Add in the lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley and olive oil. Toss the mussels one final time and serve right away :) Enjoy! :)

Recipe Notes

Make sure your mussels are sealed before cooking, and likewise, make sure your mussels have opened after cooking! Any mussel other than that should be thrown away.

Make sure to follow how to clean mussels (above) before cooking.

Add in your favorite flavors to this recipe and make different mussels recipes every single time.

Make sure you drop the heat to medium low to low and cover your pot.

If you're working on an electric stove or your skillet is super hot, add in the juice of 1 lemon and water to equal 1/4 cup to the mussels skillet before covering it.

Serve mussels right away with bread, pasta, salad , rice on any which way.

It's best to eat mussels the same day, but if you can't, store them in the fridge for 2 days at most and reheat them before serving.

If you want to cook frozen mussels, follow the same way as this recipe. 

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Mussels with Garlic and Lemon Sauce
Amount Per Serving (4 mussels)
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 800mg35%
Potassium 786mg22%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Vitamin C 23.4mg28%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 9.4mg52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.