mussels with saffron

Mussels with Saffron

Last Updated on 13/10/2021 by richard

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En español: Mejillones con azafrán

This pepped-up Spanish recipe for mussels with saffron and spinach is ready in just 30 minutes. Cook it for a dinner for two, or serve as part of a mixed tapas.

Serve these steamed mussels as an appetizer next to a crusty baguette, to mop up all that yummy garlic saffron sauce.

mussels with saffron

Mussels with Saffron

This pepped-up Spanish recipe for mussels with saffron and spinach is ready in just 30 minutes.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Starter, Tapas
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 kg fresh mussels
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 200 g fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp dry white wine
  • ½ tsp saffron threads
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • pinch sea salt
  • 250 g crème fraîche
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • pinch black pepper
  • crusty bread to serve

Instructions
 

  • Pour the wine into a large heavy-based pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and peppercorns and bring to a simmer.
  • Now tip in the mussels and cover the pan, keeping it over a medium heat. Shake the pan now and then. Check to see that the mussels have opened after about 5 minutes and, when they are all open, tip the lot into a colander set over a bowl to catch the stock. Discard any mussels that have refused to open. Remove the flesh from some of the mussels and discard these shells.
  • Wipe the pan and return it to the heat. Melt the butter and add the saffron, crème fraîche, the mussel liquor, and season. Bring to the boil and simmer for a couple of minutes, then return the mussels. Add the parsley and cook for a minute to warm the mussels through, and serve immediately in warmed bowls with crusty bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 16gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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