By Hubbub team member Aoife Allen

Mussels are super sustainable, healthy, very affordable and delicious to boot! The perfect food, perhaps? This quick and simple recipe brings out their natural flavour and is fantastic with good bread to mop up the lovely juices, or diced and served with roast potatoes for a mouth watering take on moules frites.

Look out for farmed mussels, which require no feeding or chemicals, or wild mussels which are rope grown or hand gathered. Harvesting methods such as dredging are harmful to the sea bed and other marine life. 

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 2kg mussels
  • 250ml white wine 
  • 250ml water
  • A splash of olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 large bunch of parsley


  1. To prepare the shellfish, put them into a large container (or bowl or the sink) and then rinse well.
  2. Shake the container so that the shells rattle off the side, then check each one quickly before transferring to another container. If the shell is open, tap again and if it stays open, throw these ones away. Do the same with any broken or cracked shells.
  3. Next, chop the onion very fine, mince the garlic and finely chop the chilli. Deseed the chilli if it’s very hot.
  4. Use a large, heavy based pot with a tight fitting lid. Sweat the onion and garlic and over a low heat in a splash of olive oil until soft.
  5. Next add the chilli, and saute for around four minutes.
  6. Turn up to medium heat, add the liquid and allow it to come to the boil. Slide in the cleaned mussels, put the lid on, and leave to steam for around 5 minutes - until all the shells have opened.
  7. Pour into a large colander and catch the juices, return the juices to the pan and reduce over a high heat for a couple of minutes. Season with black pepper and check for salt. In the meantime finely chop the parsley and cut the lemons into wedges.
  8. Finally, pour the cooking juices over the mussels, toss well with the parsley and serve piled up in dishes with a wedge of lemon.

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