Drunken Mussels

author: Chef John source: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/223046/drunken-mussels/


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 2 cups white wine

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded

  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 slices bread, grilled

  • 2 lemon wedges for garnish


  • Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add garlic and let sizzle for about 30 seconds. Season with red pepper flakes and lemon zest, stirring for about 45 seconds.

  • Quickly pour in wine into the pan and season with black pepper. Bring sauce to a boil, stir in mussels, and cover immediately. Shake pot and let boil for 1 minute.

  • Stir mussels, replace cover, and let boil for 2 more minutes. The shells will begin to open. Stir in parsley, cover pot, and cook until all shells are open, 1 to 3 minutes.

  • Serve with grilled bread and lemon wedge.