Baja-Med Mussels

This 30-minute dinner recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight. Fresh mussels are cooked in butter, garlic, and white wine for an impressive dinner that won't take all night.

Baja Med Mussels
Photo: Jacob Fox
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound fresh mussels

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped*

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 cup chopped tomato

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • Pine nuts or pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted

  • Snipped fresh Mexican oregano and/or cilantro

  • Lime wedges

  • Mexican bolillos, split and toasted (optional)


  1. Scrub mussels under cold running water. If present, remove beards.

  2. In an extra-large deep skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeño pepper, and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato and wine; add mussels.

  3. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 3 to 4 minutes or until shells open. Discard mussels that do not open. Top with pine nuts and oregano and/or cilantro and serve with lime wedges and bolillos, if desired.


When purchasing mussels look for tightly closed shells. They might gape slightly but should close when tapped. Shells should be clean, unbroken, and moist. Mussels should have a fresh scent, not a strong fishy odor. Refrigerate live mussels, covered with a moist cloth, in an open container up to 2 days.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
19g Fat
14g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 17.8mg 89%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 4.7mg 26%
Potassium 382mg 8%
Folate, total 23.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 8.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 174mg

*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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