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Moules Marinière (Mussels with Garlic and Parsley)

Moules Marinière (Mussels with Garlic and Parsley) is French fast food at its best. Deliciously ready in 25 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2


  • 2 lbs fresh mussels, cleaned
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoon leek, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon shallot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoon crème fraîche (or heavy cream)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, minced
  • French baguette (optional)


  • In a large saucepan with a lid, over medium heat, melt half the butter
  • Add shallots, leek, garlic, and bay leaves
  • Stir occasionally until vegetables are soft but not brown (about 6 minutes)
  • Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • Crank up heat to high and add white wine
  • When the wine has reduced by about half, add mussels, give it a good stir, and put the lid on
  • Shake the whole pan with a lid on, several times per minute. After a few minutes, check if the mussels have opened. It will only take three to five minutes.
  • As soon as they’re open, transfer to a warm bowl and cover with a lid or foil to keep mussels warm
  • Remove pan from heat, add remaining butter and crème fraîche, and whisk until it has emulsified. Taste the sauce you just created and season to your liking.
  • Put the mussels back into the pot
  • Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and parsley, and stir
  • Serve immediately on warm plates with toasted baguette. Don’t forget to spoon over all the remaining sauce in the pot!