Mussels in White Wine and Garlic


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Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 291 per serving
Percent from Fat: 34%
Cusine: Seafood
Course: Dinner
Diet: mediterranean
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Mussels

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Ten ounces of fish weekly reduces ulcerative colitis disease activity. And your risk for sudden death from heart disease.

Culinary Taste Tip

Cooking the mussels in a dry white wine lends the shellfish enough acidity to play off the richness of the olive oil and create balance.

Culinary Technique Tip

Fresh mussels should be fresh right up until the time you cook them. If the shell is closed that means it's still fresh. If it's open just tap it a bit and it should respond by closing. If it doesn't close, don't cook it and throw it out.


2 lbs. fresh live mussels
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Soave or Arneis
1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
1 each: bay leaf, dried red chile of choice
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup chopped basil or parsley
4 whole wheat dinner rolls, warmed


Rinse mussels in cold water; remove any beards with a sharp knife. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large deep saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add wine, herbs and chile; stir. Add mussels. Cover; steam until mussels open, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes; heat through. Discard chile and bay leaf, transfer mussel mixture to four shallow bowls and top with basil. Serve with rolls for dipping into sauce.


1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes may replace the whole dried chile if desired.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 11; Fat calories (kc): 98; Cholesterol (mg): 32; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 1.7; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 2.0; Monounsaturated fat (g): 6.3; Fiber (g): 3.2; Carbohydrates (g): 26; Sugar (g): 5.9; Protein (g): 17; Sodium (mg): 598; Calcium (mg) 80.

Comments on Mussels in White Wine and Garlic

From: msjazmine

I made this and it was wonderful!!!

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