Mussels Portuguese Style

Would you believe this is my first recipe?  This is the only way my husband wants his mussels prepared; it is a regular around our house. Instead of steaming the mussels in a white wine, garlic sauce – red wine is used. Yum.  This is supposed to be how the fishermen prepare them on the boat.



Mussels Portuguese Style


6 servings

Time to Make

  • 5 minutes to prepare
  • maybe 10 minutes to cook


  • 2 lbs fresh mussels, scrubbed and bearded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or olive oil and butter mixed)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Prepare mussels, discarding any that will not close after a light tap.
  2. Heat olive oil, or combination olive oil and butter, over medium heat in a dutch oven. Saute garlic about 5 minutes, but do not allow to brown.
  3. Add chicken broth and wine. Allow to come to a boil.
  4. Add mussels and cover. Steam about 2 – 3 minutes until shells open. Do not overcook or mussels will become rubbery. Discard any unopened shells. Garnish with fresh, chopped parsley.
  5. Serve “family style” in the pot or in individual bowls. French bread can be used to sop up sauce.

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