They're in season and make a wow factor dish for any dinner party so follow our recipe ideas for an extra special main course meal...
Mussels recipes are a great choice for a midweek supper if you feel like doing something a little different, but they also make a wonderful dinner party starter or even main course. They’re cheap but tasty, and take no time at all to make, so get cooking with mussels, and start experimenting with different recipes!
You can find mussels in supermarkets year-round, but peak season for fresh mussels is between March and October. They are very perishable so once you’ve bought them, they’re best consumed on the day, and you can tell they’re fresh if they are mainly closed. They require a little prep, but it’s not too complicated and the results are well worth it. You must remove the green beard’ that you will often find sprouting out of the mussel shell, and make sure they are rinsed of any sand, as well as scrubbing the barnacles off. If a mussel floats, you should discard of it, as it’s probably off.
Choose a classic Belgian recipe, like our moules marinieres with homemade oven chips (pictured) for a really nice weekend treat. With a prep time of only 10 minutes, you enjoy a glass of wine and put your feet up whilst your chips are in the oven. This is a really low-fuss recipe, but it’s big on delicious flavours.
Alternatively, you can make a fish strew out of your mussels, or seafood linguine. These are both great choices if you are looking for something that will fill you up, without leaving you feeling sluggish afterwards.
Whether you’re cooking for one, two or a crowd, mussel recipes are a really great choice. They take hardly any time at all to throw together and go great with chips or crusty bread for dipping in the sauce at the bottom of the cooking pot.
Click through for more of our favourite mussels recipes..
This fish stew recipe is a new take on the French classic that is quick and easy to make but doesn't skimp on flavour.
This mussels with dry sherry, garlic and thyme recipe is a smart way to kick off a dinner party - buy the mussels on the day of cooking.
This traditional seafood soup is not simple, but it is worth every effort and will undoubtedly impress your guests. Make double quantities and freeze a batch, so you can use it as a stock for cooking a quick seafood or fish supper.
A super-easy pasta dish which is packed with flavour, this seafood linguine recipe can't hang around, but you can prepare everything in advance and leave it covered in the fridge, then cook when you are ready to serve.
These garlic mussles couldn't be easier to make and are just as good as a quick midweek meal as they are for a dinner party starter if you're entertaining on the weekend.