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5 Ways to Enjoy Budget-Friendly Mussels

March 16, 2024
Courtesy of The Seaside Baker

Mussels seem really fancy, like something you could only get in a restaurant – but they’re actually fantastic for weeknight meals at home. They’re incredibly fast to cook, ready in just a few minutes. Plus, they’re very budget-friendly. And they’re versatile, delicious with the simplest of ingredients and able to take on the flavors of many different cuisines.

Bonus: Mussels are loaded with good nutrition, a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re rich in iron and vitamin B12. 

If you’ve never cooked mussels before, get ready to be truly surprised at how easy and inexpensive they are. 

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1. Steamed Mussels with Garlic and White Wine

Mussels in white wine broth

Courtesy of The Mediterranean Dish

This might be the most classic preparation for mussels, and it’s both simple and elegant. Garlic, shallot, white wine, broth, and a few seasonings flavor the mussels as they steam in a pot. Serve them with crusty bread so you can soak up every drop of the flavorful broth.

Try this recipe from The Mediterranean Dish.

2. Miso Ginger Mussels

Miso-ginger mussels

Courtesy of Funky Asian Kitchen

Umami-rich miso paste and zesty ginger complement the brininess of mussels beautifully in this Asian-inspired dish. Plus, it’s ready in less than 15 minutes. Don’t forget to make some rice to go alongside.

Try this recipe from Funky Asian Kitchen.

3. Mussels in Tomato-Garlic Sauce

Mussels in Tomato-Garlic Sauce

Courtesy of Simple Joy

Here’s a restaurant-worthy Mediterranean diet meal that’s as simple as combining a can of diced tomatoes, some garlic, and a few other pantry basics with mussels. Have some chickpea spaghetti with it, or a hunk of sourdough bread.

Try this recipe from Simple Joy.

4. Garlic Mussels in Sour Cream Sauce

Garlic Mussels in Sour Cream Sauce

Courtesy of Lavender and Macarons

The creamy tang of sour cream adds richness to this mussel dish, but there’s just a bit so it isn’t overwhelming. Add some spinach, chopped kale, or other greens to it for a pop of color and more nutrients, if you like.

Try this recipe from Lavender and Macarons.

5. Cilantro Beer Broth Mussels

Cilantro beer broth mussels

Courtesy of The Seaside Baker

Beer in the broth adds depth to this dish, and you get a kick of heat from jalapenos. This would be great to serve to friends right out of the pot, or you can whip it up on a random weeknight. Sprinkling on some fresh cilantro adds beautiful color and a freshness to the dish.

Try this recipe from The Seaside Baker.

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