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Mussel and onion stew


This Scottish mussel and onion stew is a great meal in the Fall.


5 lb mussels
2⁄3 c wine
6 onion (small, sliced)
1⁄2 c butter
4 shallot (chopped)
6 clv garlic
2 carrot (chopped)
4 potato (peeled and sliced)
1 bouquet garni (fresh parsley, thyme, and bay leaf tied toghter)
2 T parsley (fresh leaves, finely chopped)
  salt (to taste)
  pepper (to taste)


Scrub and de-beard the mussels. Throw out any that remain open after tapping (it is dead and shellfish should be alive before cooking) Place the mussels in a large saucepan with white wine. Cook on a high heat until the mussels open. Throw away any that stay closed. Remove and then strain the liquid, reserving for later.

In a different pan, sauté the onions in olive oil (or butter). Add shallots, garlic and chopped onions.

Peel and slice potatoes. Place them in a pan with the tied herbs, chopped parsley and save liquid from the mussels. Season with pepper to taste. Dimmer one hour.

Shell the mussels, you can save the shells if you prefer. Take a ladle of the broth, vegetable included make sure there is a potato in it), and puree in a blender. Return pureed food back into the pan with the un-pureed vegetables.

Place all the mussels into the pot. Simmer until they are hot. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Serve hot.

6 servings
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
45 minutes


This stew goes well with a white wine and slices of garlic bread.

Shells can be used as decoration.


Scottish recipes

Mussels are dishes are typical from coastal areas.

moderate, comfort food
fish & seafood, main course
Scottish food recipes
Food in the UK