Marvellous mussels

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5 min


2 to 4 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 1-kg bag mussels
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup medium salsa
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 to 3 tbsp finely chopped cilantro


  • Wash and remove beards from mussels. Heat oil in a very large saucepan set over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in salsa and wine and bring mixture to a boil. Add mussels. Cover and increase heat to medium-high. Cook mussels, stirring once or twice, until they have opened, from 6 to 8 minutes. Discard any mussels that have not opened. Sprinkle with coriander and serve.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 224,
  • Protein
  • 16.8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.5 g,
  • Fat
  • 9.9 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 549 mg.

Buy a bag of mussels on your way home and you can have a comforting dinner on the table in minutes. Serve with bread to sop up the broth and open a good bottle of wine.


You may want to add 3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L) sliced bok choy or baby spinach to mussels after they have opened. Then stir just until wilted and hot. Serve immediately.