Mussels in Red Wine

mussels in red wine

Mussels in Red Wine

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Red wine makes an unusual, but very pleasant, combination with seafood. This recipe is equally good with clams or cockles.
Servings: 4
Calories: 405


  • 3 lb mussels well scrubbed
  • 1/2 pint dry red wine
  • 6 tbsps olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsps fresh thyme chopped
  • 6 tbsps red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Pinch sugar optional
  • Chopped parsley


  • Prepare the mussels as in the recipe for Paella. Place the wine in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the mussels, cover the pan and cook briskly for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the shells open. Discard any that do not open.
  • Transfer the mussels to a bowl and pour the cooking liquid through a fine strainer and reserve it.
  • In a clean saucepan, heat the oil and fry the garlic over gentle heat until golden brown. Add the bay leaves, thyme, vinegar, paprika, lemon juice and rind, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Pour on the wine, add sugar, if using, and bring to the boil. Cook to reduce to about 180 ml (6 fl oz). Allow to cool completely.
  • Remove the mussels from their shells and add them to the liquid, stirring to coat all the mussels. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Allow to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.
Calories: 405 kcal
Carbohydrates: 12 g
Protein: 21 g
Fat: 25g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 49 mg
Sodium: 500 mg
Potassium: 638 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 1 g
Vitamin A: 492 IU
Vitamin C: 36 mg
Calcium: 74 mg
Iron: 8 mg
Ingredients Fish & Seafood, Mussels
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