Mussels with Dry Sherry, Garlic and Thyme Recipe

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serves: 6
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 280 kCal 14%
Fat 13g 19%
  -  Saturates 7g 35%

If you’re looking to cut down on the calories but still want a delicious meal that will transport you back to your last trip to the seaside, give this flavoursome mussel dish a try. It’s a low calorie recipe that’s actually really easy make.

This seafood recipe uses garlic, sherry, onion, cloves and thyme to flavour the mussels for a dish that has a depth of flavour. What’s more, this dish only takes 25 minutes to cook and actually makes enough to serv six, so it’s a great one to try if you’re entertaining and want something that’s going to feed a crowd without compromising on flavour.

Each portion only contains 280 calories, so it’s also a great dish to try if you’re trying to be healthy this week. Plus, mussels are a great source of protein and vitamin A.



  • 75g (3oz) butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 250ml (9fl oz) dry sherry (we used Fino)
  • 1tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 3kg (6½lb) mussels, cleaned and de-bearded


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan with a lid and add the onion and garlic. Cook gently without colouring for around 5 to 10 minutes, until the onion has softened.

  • Turn up the heat and add the sherry and thyme leaves. Bubble until the raw alcohol smell wears off, then tip in the mussels, cover the pan tightly and cook, shaking every so often, for around 5 minutes, until the mussels have opened. Discard any that remain tightly closed. Check the seasoning of the sauce and serve immediately with crusty bread.

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