Ahoy There! Moules Marinières - French Sailor's Mussels

35 mins (prep 30, cooking 5)
12 ingredients
2 servings
I adore moules, mussels, and this is the classic French recipe for them. Moules Marinières is also commonly known as Sailor's mussels or Mariner's mussels. The dish consists of delicately steamed fresh mussels in a white wine, garlic, parsley, butter, onion and cream sauce. Moules Marinières can be served as an appetising starter or even a light main meal. It is delicious served with fresh crusty bread or with frites (chips/fries). There is nothing more mouth-watering than a huge bowl of artistically presented mussels, yet the fun part is eating them. The best way is to use an empty mussel shell as the "spoon" in which to pick the remaining mussels from their shells and then eat them. It's a brilliant excuse to use your fingers to eat rather than the usual knife and for - very tactile! A traditional French recipe will use butter, however the butter may be substituted for a few tablespoons of olive oil for a healthier option - I sometimes use a mix of butter and olive oil I hope you find the step-by-step photos helpful, this recipe was used in the September 2008 Cooking School for the TOTM - hopefully, the photos will debunk the myth that mussels are hard to prepare and cook, NOT so! Bon Appétit!

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Serving Size (615.26 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 595.04 Calories from Fat 134.64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.96g 46.02%
Saturated Fat 4.24g 42.4%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 153.24mg 102.16%
Sodium 1498.7mg 124.89%
Total Carbohydrate 31.17g 20.78%
Dietary Fiber 1.02 g 8.14%
Sugars 0.91 g %
Protein 62.08g 248.33%
Vitamin A 918.3IU% Vitamin C 41.1mg%
Calcium 199.02mg% Iron 20.7mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chopped garlic, finely chopped onion, salt and pepper