Mussels in Lemon Garlic-Butter Sauce

Mussels in Lemon Garlic-Butter Sauce makes a wonderful and elegant appetizer. Great for entertaining!


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, small, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup cream, (whipping cream)
  • 1 lb. mussels, cleaned and debearded (Can also use frozen)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped


  1. In a large skillet (with a lid), melt the butter.  Add the onion, garlic, and chili flakes and sauté until soft. 
  2. Add the White Wine and simmer until reduced by two thirds – add the cream and simmer 2 – 3 minutes
  3. Add the cleaned and debearded Mussels and cover the skillet.  Steam the Mussels over low heat, until cooked, about 8 – 10 minutes (if using frozen mussels, cook for about 3 to 4 minutes as they are already pre-cooked) Discard any unopened shells.
  4. Remove from heat and season to taste with Salt and Pepper. Add Lemon juice, Zest, and parsley and stir to mix the ingredients. Serve and enjoy!

Tip: There is quite a bit of sauce with this recipe. This would be good over rice or pasta, or you could add 1 more pound of mussels if your skillet is big enough.

Nutrition info:
Calories: 372   Saturated Fat: 18 g    Trans Fat: 1 g    Unsaturated Fat: 9 g.  Carbohydrates: 12 g    Sodium: 294 mg    Fiber: 1g    Sugar: 3g            Protein: 8 g.