Steamed Mussels in Tomato Broth


With fresh mussels increasingly available at supermarket fish counters, you can easily make this bistro favorite at home.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings

What Is the Best Method of Cooking Mussels?

There are many ways to cook mussels—you can add them to a paella, a seafood stew or even cook them in a slow-cooker. A classic and easy method is to steam mussels in a large pot with a lid or a Dutch oven. It only takes about 3 to 4 minutes to steam mussels, making it a quick and simple meal that you can make any day of the week.

What Type of Wine Should I Use?

You can use any type of dry white wine, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc or Pinot grigio. If you prefer, you can replace the white wine with an equal amount of low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth plus 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar or lemon juice for a touch of brightness and acidity to balance out the dish.

How to Serve Steamed Mussels in Tomato Broth

Serve the steamed mussels over your favorite pasta, with Crispy Oven-Baked Fries or with crusty bread to sop up the flavorful broth. Pair with a leafy green salad to round out the meal.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 6 ripe plum tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 3 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded (see Tip)

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Warm oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, increase the heat to high and stir for 1 minute more. Pour in wine and bring to a boil.

  2. Add mussels, cover and steam, occasionally giving the pot a vigorous shake, until all the mussels have opened, 3 to 4 minutes. Discard any that do not open. Transfer the mussels to a serving bowl. Spoon the broth over the mussels and sprinkle with parsley.


Large pot or Dutch oven


To clean mussels, scrub them with a stiff brush under cold running water. Scrape off any barnacles using the shell of another mussel. Just before cooking, pull off the "beard" from each one. Discard any mussels with broken shells or any that do not close when tapped.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

275 Calories
6g Fat
15g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Vitamin A 1172IU 23%
Vitamin C 30mg 33%
Folate 102mcg 25%
Sodium 427mg 19%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 8mg 45%
Magnesium 59mg 14%
Potassium 582mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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