How to Cook Honey Mussels at Home

Cleaning and preparing honey mussels, especially those sourced from the pristine waters of British Columbia, requires a gentle approach to preserve their unique flavor and texture. Honey mussels are larger and have a sweeter taste compared to other varieties, making them a culinary delight when prepared correctly.


  • Fresh honey mussels
  • Your choice of beer (a lager or pale ale works well for a balanced flavor)
  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley or thyme)
  • Garlic cloves
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper

Cleaning the Mussels:

  1. Inspect: First, inspect the mussels and discard any that are cracked or open and do not close when lightly tapped.
  2. Rinse and Scrub: Rinse the mussels under cold running water and scrub the shells with a stiff brush to remove any dirt or debris.


  1. Preparation: In a large pot, sauté minced garlic in butter over medium heat until fragrant but not browned. Add a generous splash of beer (enough to cover the bottom of the pot) and bring to a simmer.
  2. Steaming the Mussels: Add the cleaned mussels to the pot, sprinkle with your chosen herbs, and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot with a lid.
  3. Steaming Time: Steam the mussels for about 5 to 7 minutes. The exact time can depend on the size of the mussels and the intensity of the heat. Honey mussels, being larger, might lean towards the longer end of this range. They are done as soon as their shells open. Discard any mussels that do not open after this cooking time.


Once cooked, transfer the mussels to a serving dish, leaving the liquid in the pot. Quickly bring the liquid to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes to reduce slightly. Add a knob of butter to enrich the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Pour the sauce over the mussels, garnish with fresh herbs, and serve immediately with crusty bread to soak up the delicious beer-infused broth. This method ensures your honey mussels will be succulently cooked, capturing the sweet, oceanic flavors complemented by the aromatic beer broth. Enjoy!

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