Jun 122017

One of the great things about living in New England is the year round access to fresh seafood. Muscles are one of those things that are perfect any time and are defintely meant to be eaten by the dozen, but for some reason they just scream summer to me.  Muscles are pretty easy to get here in New England, so we steam them up all the time.


There are plenty of ways to prepare them, but we are major garlic lovers here in our house, so we make garlic muscles quite a bit.  If you’ve ever had muscles, you know they are best served with some bread.  We prefer our bread toasted and I will explain later why bread goes so well with muscles.

Garlic Mussels With Toasted Bread

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 400 gram mussels
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 40 oz butter
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • Parsley
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • bread

Here’s what you do:
1. Rinse your mussels with cold water and throw away the open ones.
2. Heat up your olive oil in a pan on the stove and heat it until the oil starts to make smoke.

3. Place the mussels carefully into the pan and leave them in there until they all open.
4. Next add in the white wine and butter.


5. After the butter melts completely add your garlic (be sure to chop up the cloves first so that your garlic is in little pieces), lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
6. Leave them about 3 minutes and they are ready to go!  Be sure to garnish with your parsley before you serve them.


Toast some slices of bread to enjoy with your mussels, plate the dish and serve.  The wine, butter and seasonings will make a wonderful broth that’s perfect for dipping that toasted bread into.



I hope you enjoy these garlic mussels with toasted bread!

Delicious Garlicy mussels with toasted bread to soak up the broth! Yum!

We will be eating these a lot around here this summer!

  54 Responses to “Garlic Mussels With Toasted Bread”

  1. I’m normally not a fan of mussels, but I’ve never had them with garlic before and I love garlic! I’lll have to give them another try.

  2. That looks so yummy! I love to cook with mussels and oysters. They absorb flavor really well. Great recipe.

  3. This all sounds super yummy. I’m a huge fan of shellfish, and you cannot beat garlic bread. I can’t wait to make this. Om nom nom.

  4. Do you know I don’t think I’ve ever had mussels, though this sounds like a delicious way to have them, I think I need to try.

  5. I’ve never attempted to cook mussels at home. I love that you’ve shared your recipe along with photos of the process. The finished dish looks so yummy!

  6. I am such a baby and I just can’t do mussels. My husband however LOVES them. I swear he would eat them daily.

  7. When is dinner time? I love seafood and those look so yummy.

  8. I love mussels with garlic and white wine! I was in the maritimes recently and ate as much of them as I could get my hands on.

  9. I love mussels served with lots of yummy garlic. You also had me at the toast!

  10. I have not had muscles in years. This looks so good I cannot wait to make it. I don’t suppose you will deliver LOL!?

  11. I love mussels, but never had them like this before. I live a fifteen minute drive from Whitstable, so I’ll be going tomorrow to buy some caught nearby. I can’t wait to try this.

  12. I love mussels! They are so good! My fav food when I come home! and with toast bred… perfect! xx corinne

  13. I’ve never tried Mussels, but this looks yummy. Really wish we lived closer to the sea.

  14. Mussels is one of my favorite meals. I like the sound of your recipe I never used butter will give it a try.

  15. I usually don’t eat mussels but it is looking delicious. I guess I should try it once.

  16. I am all about the garlic, but I’ve never liked mussels. But garlic? Yes, I put it in nearly everything I make!

  17. We make this recipe all the time too! It is so good and I love that you can interchange between beer and wine.

  18. This looks so yummy! I love shellfish of all sorts and this would be amazing.

  19. I have not had mussels in such a long time. Gah these sound amazing!

  20. I am not a fan of seafood, but these look delicious! Probably because they are covered with bread! I love me some carbs lol 🙂

  21. This is one food I’ve always been intimidated by- thanks for the simple step by step recipe! We live by a marina- I know I can get some fresh!

  22. What a creative dish! I don’t eat seafood but my family loves it so I’ll forward them the recipe because I have to admit – it looks good!

  23. This is the best way hands down to enjoy mussels. No extra anything needed. And the more garlic, the better – or is that just me? I’m banned from bread (don’t ask) for a bit, so I’ll just sit and drool while everyone else gets to dip their toasted bread in mussel sauce.

  24. I’ve never actually had mussels before. I honestly don’t know if I’d like them or not. I would be willing to give this recipe a try though.

  25. Those mussels look ahmazing! And that’s such a great way not to have the broth go to waste by dipping that wonderful bread in it.

  26. This recipe has my mouth watering. I’ve never cooked muscles before this is definitely inspiring me to want to try it!

  27. I have not had mussels for years. These look so delicious. I will have to make some this weekend.

  28. This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make .I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this week. I am sure they will be a hit.

  29. Ive been too chicken to try to cook mussels before. lol. Those look yummy!

  30. What a great recipe. I will be sure to pass it on.

  31. I really love seafood so this recipe looks totally delicious! I like the idea of having toasted bread with the mussels too.

  32. Oh wow how delicious, it’s one of my favourite dishes. Dipping the crusty bread into the juice – yum!

  33. I never realized this until just now, but I’ve never made mussels at home! Maybe this week is the perfect time to start!

  34. Ooooh that looks so yummy! I wish I was more proficient with cooking with seafood. I remember my grandfather teaching me how to properly eat muscles in Florida. Food brings people together!

  35. I SO love seafood and this is an awesome recipe. I’ve always liked mussels and it’s nice to have this dish during the summer!

  36. My absolute fav dish ever! This looks so yummy!

  37. Im not really into seafood, but these actually look good enough to have a go at!

  38. This looks absolutely delicious. I haven’t had mussels in ages. I’ll definitely being trying this.

  39. I love seafood and fresh mussels are amazing. This is a must make for me.

  40. Ooh I love garlic and toasted bread sounds like the perfect accompaniment for the mussel dish. It looks lovely and fresh x

  41. I love cooking my mussels this way too. The ginger helps absorbed the seafood smell and makes the mussels so yummy. I’m going to try it with toasted bread next time

  42. I love mussels. I want to make this asap. Thanks for sharing.

  43. I have not tasted mussel before. As for garlic I apply it to most of my cooking.

  44. My best friend would love this! I will share this recipe with her. When she comes to visit this summer, i am sure she will enjoy it!

  45. Nice recipe, I’m going to try this one. mussels are very popular in our country and we love it. My family would love something like this for sure,

  46. My hubby LOVES mussels, but I’ve never cooked them for him because I never could find any fresh ones. We’re close to the coast, though. I’ll have to make another effort and try your recipe!

  47. Yummy! I love garlic and seafood!

  48. I am not into mussels but the boys in my house may enjoy this dish. You can add garlic to anything and it becomes delicious

  49. This looks super delicious! Garlic and seafood is definitely a great pair.

  50. We’re supposed to go to Maine this weekend – this will definitely be a family favorite to try. Thank You

  51. I’m getting hungry coming here. 🙂 I really like mussels. They are better I’m sure where you live. Nebraska only has rivers. 🙁

  52. I am not a huge seafood person. However, that toasted bread looks incredible. I am a huge fan of tasty, toasted bread!

  53. I do not eat meat. But I am sure you created a wonderful dish.

  54. That looks so yummy. I will have make one day when my hubby at work.