Mussels Garlicky Mussels in a Rich Lemon, Fresh Herb, Butter Sauce

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Moules marinières a classic French/Belgian dish, wonderful served with frites and a dollop of mayonnaise.
Lots of fresh herbs and garlic. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the sauce! Or serve over pasta.

For 2 large bowls, or 4 small ones (appetizer portions)

Garlicky Mussels in a Rich Lemon, Fresh Herb, Butter Sauce


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup vidalia onion, diced
1 chili pepper, sliced in half
1 bay leaf 8 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 tablespoon tarragon, rough chopped
1 tablespoon oregano, rough chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, rough chopped
1 lemon, juice of
1/2 cup white wine

2 1/2 lbs mussels, scrubbed discard any that are not alive

3 tablespoons butter
fresh herb (to garnish) lemon slice (to garnish)


  1. 1 In a large pan pour olive oil to cover bottom of pan add onions chili and garlic saute till translucent.
  2. 2 Add herbs lemon and wine.
  3. 3 Add mussels cover and steam 5 minutes till all are opened.
  4. 4 Remove mussels to a large bowl.
  5. 5 Keeping the juice in the pan whisk in the butter and pour over the mussels.
  6. 6 Garnish with herbs and lemon.


Source: posted August 2004, by Home Cook Rita of Edison, New Jersey
recipe "Garlicky Mussels in a Rich Lemon, Fresh Herb, Butter Sauce" by Dawn Yanagihara-Mitchell
posted at accessed August 18, 2012