Mussel Soup is the ultimate soup for any seafood fan. Fresh mussels are cooked in a rich tomato based broth, with wine, garlic and fresh parsley. Serve with crusty bread and you have a quick and easy meal that is made in 30 minutes.
This is one of the first recipes I published way back in 2014. The recipe still holds up but the pictures didn’t so I have taken new ones along with a step by step video.
My love of shellfish started as a child growing up on the North East coast of England. Mussels, cockles, dressed crab and winkles just to name a few of the fresh seafood my parents used to treat us to every weekend.
I based this soup on the Belgian classic, moules (mussels) provençale. Brussels is one of my favorite cities and I can never get enough mussels when I’m in Brussels (oh look, a little poetry).
If you love cioppino (like me) you may want to check out my recipe for Brodetto di Pesce, a Italian mixed seafood soup.
Mussels are a popular dish in Belgium, served with fries (frites) that was traditionally peasant food. I don’t care, I know that I usually eat my weight of them when we visit.
Spicy mussel soup
To spice up the soup, add a few red pepper flakes to the broth.
How to buy and clean mussels
- If they smell fishy, do not buy them. They should smell briny like the ocean.
- If any of the mussels shells are broken, you must discard them.
- If any of the mussels open, tap it on the counter If it stays open, throw those out because this means it is not alive.
- Cook and eat them the same day you buy them.
- If any of the mussels don’t open after cooking, discard them.
To prepare the mussels, I like to add them a large bowl of water to rinse them and remove anything from the shells. Some may have a little piece of what looks like lint sticking out of the shell, this is the beard (see below). Simply pull on it to remove.
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