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Mussels Steamed In Beer

These mussels are a simple but delicious dish perfect for entertaining. The mussels are cooked in a flavorful beer broth, and the fresh herbs add a pop of color and flavor. Serve with a chilled glass of white wine for the ultimate summer night's meal.

Tasty Team
96% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Mussels Steamed In Beer

Under 30 minutes


for 4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 oz light mexican beer (355 mL), bottle or can, such as Modelo Especial, Tecate or Corona
  • 4 lb mussels (1.8 kg), debearded and scrubbed clean
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves (10 g), lightly packed, roughly chopped, plus additional whole leaves for serving
  • lime wedge, for serving
  • 4 rolls bolillo bread, telera, or cuban sandwich rolls, for serving

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 1328
  • Fat 56g
  • Carbs 108g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 81g
  • Protein 50g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat and swirl to evenly coat. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Cook, stirring, until softened, 4 minutes.
  2. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until softened and their liquid is almost evaporated, 4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the beer and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the mussels, immediately cover the pot, and cook, occasionally shaking the pot, until all mussels are opened, 6 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the mussels with the chopped cilantro leaves, then divide among 4 bowls.
  7. Garnish with whole cilantro leaves and serve the mussels while hot with lime wedges for squeezing and bread for soaking up the cooking broth.
  8. Enjoy!
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Mussels Steamed In Beer