Creamy Lemon Mussels Sauce – Easy One Pot Meal

6 1
20 min

This creamy lemon mussels sauce is a guaranteed hit! Serve it with a loaf of French bread, as you will want to suck up all the leftover sauces.

Preparing the creamy lemon mussels sauce. The base of the sauce starts with making a blond roux. Whisk flour in the melted butter and slowly start to add the milk while whisking. This will prevent lumps from forming. The liquid absorbs quickly, so you will need to work fast and keep an eye on it.

Check out my IG for the video on how I make this recipe.

How to clean mussels. Mussels are so versatile and easy to prepare. They should however be cleaned and inspected properly before cooking it.

  • In a colander, rinse the mussels.
  • Discard any broken mussels and ones that does not close again.
  • With a sturdy brush, scrub the mussels and pull out any of the hairy “beard”. A nail brush is perfect for cleaning mussels.

How do you know when mussels are cooked. Mussels does not need a lot of cooking time. Usually, it takes about 3 to 4 minutes for the mussels to be cooked. Once they are open, they are ready to eat. Avoid overcooking it or you will end up with tough, rubbery structure.

Tips for eating mussels:

  • Mussels are one of those foods where it’s totally acceptable to eat with your hands. Simply use one empty mussel shell that is still in tact as a utensil to pick out the rest of the mussels.
  • A mussel pan is not just ideal for cooking mussels but the lid also serves a dish to discard empty mussel shells when eating.

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Creamy Lemon Mussels Sauce – Easy One Pot Meal
Recipe details
  • 6  1
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 700g (1 lb 8 3/4 oz) mussels, rinsed and cleaned
  • 50g (1/4 stick plus 1 tbsp) butter
  • 5g (1/4 oz) garlic
  • 50g (1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp) flour
  • 250ml (1 cup plus 1 tbsp) milk
  • 250ml (1 cup plus 1 tbsp) fish stock
  • 250ml (1 cup plus 1 tbsp) cream
  • juice of one lemon
  • 5g (1/4 oz) mixed dried herbs, such as thyme, parsley, dill
  • 10g (1/4 oz) fresh parsley

Bring water to a boil in a pan and add the mussels. Cook with the lid on for 3-4minutes.
Drain and keep aside.
Melt the butter in pan and add garlic. Fry for 1 minute.
Add the flour and milk gradually and whisk to prevent lumps from forming.
Whisk until smooth.
Add the fish stock, lemon juice, dried herbs and cream and mix.
Bring to a boil and add the mussels.
Remove from the heat and stir in fresh parsley.
Serve with lemon wedges.
  • Use the drained juices of the mussels as a base to make fish / seafood stock to keep in the freezer.
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  • Adore mussels! And I do have a mussel/oyster pot too. Recipe looks easy and straightforward. Will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Pinned and sending to a friend.

    • Galley of Gail Galley of Gail on Aug 18, 2021

      Right?! Love it as well ... any seafoods actually! Hop over to my Instagram for the video on the mussels and keep a lookout for more mussel recipes soon. Thanks for sharing - I hope you like it! icon

  • Christina Reed Christina Reed on Aug 19, 2021

    step 4. then step 5. ????? milk twice?

    • Galley of Gail Galley of Gail on Aug 19, 2021

      Hi Christina, sorry for the confusion. I've rephrased it. So no, just add the milk gradually.