Grilled Mussels with Garlic Butter


Drizzle grilled mussels with a rich garlic butter sauce for a restaurant-quality seafood dish that comes together in next to no time. Serve this recipe for mussels with plenty of bread to sop up any excess sauce.

Grilled Mussels with Garlic Butter
Prep Time:
10 mins
Grill Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
18 mins


  • 1 ½ pound fresh mussels (about 20)*

  • cup butter

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • Grilled or toasted sourdough bread slices (optional)


  1. Scrub mussels in shells under cold running water. If present, remove beards. In an 8-quart Dutch oven combine 4 quarts cold water and 1/3 cup salt; add mussels. Soak for 15 minutes; drain and rinse. Discard water. Repeat soaking, draining, and rinsing twice.

  2. For sauce, in a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Add wine; bring just to a simmer. Remove from heat; stir in parsley.

  3. Tear off a 36x18-inch piece of heavy foil; fold foil in half to make an 18-inch square. Place the mussels in the center of the foil. Bring up opposite edges of foil and seal with a double fold. Fold remaining edges together to completely enclose mussels, leaving space for steam to build.

  4. Place foil packet on the grill rack directly over medium-high heat; grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until shells open. Transfer mussels (discard any that do not open) and any liquid to a serving bowl.

  5. Transfer the sauce to small bowls for dipping. Serve mussels with sauce and, if desired, bread. Makes 4 appetizer servings.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

You can store live mussels in the refrigerator, covered with a moist cloth, for up to 3 days. Before you cook them, tap any open shells. If the mussels are alive, the shells will close. Discard any that arent alive.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
16g Fat
3g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 272mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 2.2mg 12%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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