Mussels With White Wine Sauce

Mussels With White Wine Sauce


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This is one of Julia Child's best dishes! These fresh mussels are steamed in a savory mixture of butter, garlic and white wine. Serve them with a slice of French bread.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

2 servings


  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 fresh lemon, zested
  • 2 C. dry white wine
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 lb. mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1 C. fresh parsley, chopped

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In a large stock pot, warm butter over medium heat. Add in garlic, crushed red pepper and lemon zest. Cook for 1 minute.

Add wine and ground pepper to pot. Bring mixture to a boil. Add mussels and cover. Boil mussels for 1 minute. Stir mussels and boil for 2 minutes.

Add parsley to pot. Cover and boil for an additional 3 minutes or until shells begin to open. Discard any mussels that do not open. Serve warm.

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