Moules Marinière with Cream, Garlic and Parsley
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Moules Marinière with Cream, Garlic and Parsley

Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Check out this easy recipe for Moules marinière. You can impress the family with this classic French dish in no time at all – ready on the table in 40 minutes.

Moules marinières (sailors mussels) from Normandy in France, are mussels in white wine sauce. They are traditionally served with fries to compose moules-frites.

If you like mussels then try the Bouillabaisse.


Moules Marinière

You can impress the family with this classic French dish in no time at all – ready on the table in 40 minutes.
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Course: Starter
Cuisine: 🇫🇷 French
Keyword: French, shellfish
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Richard


  • 1.75 kg mussels
  • 1 Garlic finely chopped
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 bouquet garni parsley, thyme and bay leaves
  • 100 ml dry white wine or cider
  • 120 ml double cream
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley coarsley chopped
  • crusty bread to serve


  • Wash the mussels under plenty of cold, running water. Discard any open ones that won’t close when lightly squeezed.
  • Pull out the tough, fibrous beards protruding from between the tightly closed shells and then knock off any barnacles with a large knife. Give the mussels another quick rinse to remove any little pieces of shell.
  • Soften the garlic and shallots in the butter with the bouquet garni, in a large pan big enough to take all the mussels – it should only be half full.
  • Add the mussels and wine or cider, turn up the heat, then cover and steam them open in their own juices for 3-4 minutes. Give the pan a good shake every now and then.
  • Remove the bouquet garni, add the cream and chopped parsley and remove from the heat.
  • Spoon into four large warmed bowls and serve with lots of crusty bread.


Original recipe by Rick Stein


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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