Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels in a Garlic Cream Sauce

Serve with crusty, garlicky crostini

Steamed Mussels in a Garlic Cream Sauce


  • 1 lb Mussels
  • 1/2 medium white onion minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1Tbs red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbs olive oil

Pick through your mussels, getting rid of any with broken shells. Thoroughly wash the outside shell of the mussels, closing the shells if they are open. Toss any mussels whose shells do not stay closed, as they are most likely no longer good. Pull off any “beard” or other barnacles that are attached to the outside of the shell. They are now ready to be steamed.

Heat a pan over medium heat and add 1 Tbs of olive oil. Saute onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes for 2 minutes. Add white wine. Add mussels, chicken stock, and heavy cream. Shake the pan to thoroughly combine, and cover with a tight fitting lid. Turn heat down to low and let the mussels steam for 3 minutes. After three minutes pour mussels and cream sauce into a large serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped basil. Alternatively, you could serve the mussels straight from the saute pan.



  • Crusty and Light Bread
  • butter
  • garlic
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat broiler in oven and move shelves down to lowest levels.

Let butter come to room temperature. When adequately softened, mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Use a butter knife or offset spatula to coat one side of the slices of bread. Place in single layer on baking sheet and toast under the broiler for 60-90 seconds or until nicely browned.

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About Chef Pete

Chef Pete received his classical training at the Western Culinary Institute in 1999, and then went on to work in the kitchens of various restaurants in WI, NM, and IL.

After working as a corporate chef for Sub-Zero Corp. and then the Viking Cooking School, Pete realized that there are 4 things in life that he truly loves:
1. His Family
2. Teaching others how to cook great food in their own kitchens.
3. Cycling
4. Tacos.
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