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Mussels marinara

Mussels marinara

If you are looking for a quick and easy fish appetizer, we suggest you try the mussels alla marinara, a recipe that is ready in 20 minutes!

If you are looking for some recipes with mussels that are simple but tasty at the same time , then don't miss the mussels alla marinara. You will hardly find a recipe that with so few ingredients will be able to enhance all the flavors of this seafood.

Also, if you don't know how to cook mussels, it might be the right way to approach this preparation. It's really impossible to go wrong when preparing marinated mussels: a little attention will be enough right in the initial stages which involve cleaning the seafood but once this is done, the road is all downhill. Serve them with slices of toasted bread and success is guaranteed.

Mussels marinara
Mussels marinara

How to prepare the mussels marinara recipe

  1. First, clean them carefully by following our guide on how to clean mussels if you are a beginner. The best way to proceed is to remove the barbette that comes out by grabbing it with your fingers and then scraping the shell with a steel wool. Wash them under running water and keep them aside.
  2. In a pan , heat the oil with the minced garlic cloves (if you don't like the taste of garlic, leave them whole so you can easily remove them).
  3. Add the mussels and cover with the lid.
  4. After a few minutes, check the molluscs, if they are opening, add the chopped fresh parsley and blend with the white wine.
  5. When you no longer feel the smell of alcohol rising from the pan, close the lid again and let the mussels open completely.
  6. Then finish with more parsley (to taste) and a grating of pepper.
  7. Serve the freshly made marinara mussels accompanying them with slices of toasted bread in a pan and seasoned with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Don't forget the sauce that was created on the bottom of the pot, filter it to eliminate the possible presence of sand and pour it over the molluscs.
  8. You can also serve them with a lemon wedge if you like.

We recommend that you also try our other recipes with mussels because their versatility is truly incredible. Furthermore, they cook in the blink of an eye : ideal if you are looking for something to prepare on the spot for your guests.

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Marinara mussels with tomato

Marinara mussels with tomato
Marinara mussels with tomato

You can also prepare this fish recipe by adding tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, and without changing the preparation steps too much.

  1. After you have finished preparing the mussels, strain the liquid and set them aside.
  2. In a second pan, heat some oil and add about 300 g of washed and cut cherry tomatoes .
  3. Leave to cook for a few minutes, until they are well wilted, then add the mussels and the filtered liquid.
  4. Cook for another 2-3 minutes and then serve the dish hot.


Mussels alla marinara should be eaten as soon as they are made . Any type of storage is not recommended.

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