How To Cook Mussels Garlic Butter?
How To Cook Mussels Garlic Butter?
Who doesn’t like the aroma of fresh garlic filling their kitchens? It gets even better when you pair this with the fragrance of butter. We’re going to talk about a dish that is both fragrant and delicious.
These two coming together with shellfish makes things even tastier. Any kind of mussels works, green mussels or black mussels seafood. These together always give you the heavenly, garlicky, buttery, mussels garlic butter.
Moreover, this combination of seafood pairs up greatly with bread. We all love it when garlic butter and bread combine!
Judging from the name, this dish would be difficult to cook right? Well, relax. This recipe is really easy to follow. It will take you just 20 minutes to complete this dish! Isn’t that amazing?
Additionally, eating this dish around candle lights would make you feel like you’re in a restaurant. Well, if you don’t feel like cooking you can always head over to Red Crab Greensboro and enjoy this dish!
What are the Ingredients?
10 tablespoon or 1 ¼ stick of butter
6 garlic cloves, large, minced
4 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon peel, grated
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 pounds mussels, fresh, debearded, and scrubbed
This proportion is to serve 6 persons
How to clean the mussels?
Mussels are easy to clean. No need to soak them for long like other shellfish. Just place them under cold water to clean off the dust. That too, just before serving them. You thought it was a hassle but it’s this easy.
You probably read “debearded” in the ingredients section. Yes, you read it right. Mussels have beards! That’s why you need to de-beard your mussels during cleaning. If you’re lucky, you might get some mussels that are already debearded.
Now, we come to the debearding part. How do you take off that beard? Locate the clump of brown fibers on the shell. Then, hold and pull them towards the hinge of the mussel. This would make the beard pop right off. Sounds weird but someone must do it!
Finally, now that the mussels are clean, it’s time to cook them and prepare the black mussels seafood!
What’s the right wine to use?
Now, we need to choose the wine carefully. As wine is one of the key ingredients to cook the mussels in. White wines that are low on sweet are best for this purpose. Your mussels would steam perfectly in it.
Do you really need to steam the mussels? Well, it’s not compulsory. You can always substitute it with vegetable broth if you don’t want to use wine. We still suggest you add wine as it adds a punch of flavor to your dish.
Still, if you’re using the vegetable broth you should follow some steps. You should add a little bit of extra white wine vinegar or lemon just to bring out the acidity. Moreover, this also mimics the way wine would bring out the flavors of this dish.
Firstly, you need to keep the mussels in a large, heavy Dutch oven. Remember to cover them. Cook the mussels until they open. Additionally, we advise you to shake the pan occasionally for around 5 minutes. Now drain the mussels such that you save the liquid. Now, transfer only the mussels that open to a bowl. You should discard the rest. Now, cover the bowl with foil.
Now, melt the butter in the previously used Dutch oven over medium heat. Then add garlic and shallots and sauté for approximately 3 minutes. Next, add lemon juice, lemon peel, 3/4th parsley, and the liquid from mussels. Bring this to boil. Now, add pepper as much as you like. You can drizzle the garlic butter over the mussels. Finally, garnish with the remaining 1/4th parsley and serve.
What to serve it with?
If you like your seafood with something extra, you should try garlic crostini. It helps to soak all the remaining broth from the dish.
It would definitely make it to your favorites list. Its taste resembles that of the French onion soup.
Furthermore, another variety of this dish can be made with pasta. You just have to cook some pasta. Then, remove the shells of all the green mussels. Finally, add it to the pasta and enjoy!