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Peppered Mussels - Recipe

Peppered Mussels - By happystove.com
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Peppered Mussels are a delicious and versatile seafood dish, great as appetizer or as main dish. In this simple and yet delicious recipe, the black pepper and garlic dressing is perfect to highlight the delicious flavor of the shells.


  • Level: Easy
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • Mussels (black variety)

    3 lb
  • Black Pepper

    to taste
  • Garlic

    3 cloves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    3 tbsps
  • Italian Parsley

    to taste
  • Lemons (sliced, optional)

  • White Wine

    1 cup
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Cooking Directions:

Peppered Mussels - By happystove.com

If you are using fresh black mussels, wash them very well and scrub the surface. Only use tightly closed raw mussels since open ones may not be edible because not alive.

In a large pot, big enough to accommodate the mussels, heat the oil and quickly saute the garlic.

Add the mussels and cook briefly.

Pour the white wine and cover with a lid, cooking until all of them open.

When mussels are ready, sprinkle with abundant black pepper and Italian parsley.

Gently shake the pot or stir with a wooden spoon to distribute the pepper.

Serve hot with some sliced and toasted bread. Garnish with a slice of lemon if desired.


Most cookbooks still recommend to discard all the mussels that remain closed after cooking even if recent studies show that this belief is erroneous, so simply open the closed mussels with a knife.

You can also use frozen mussels either raw or precooked, in that case thaw them under cold water before adding them to the pan.

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