• Serves 2
  • 60 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 9 Ingredients


If your a fan of seafood this recipe is a great healthy and light lunch or dinner option.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 Lrg Tablespoon Butter (Olive oil can be used as an alternative)
  • 1.5 Kg Small mussels, scrubbed and bearded
  • 6 Rashers Bacon, chopped into 1cm cubes
  • 2 Shallots, sliced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely sliced
  • Small bunch Parsley, roughly chopped
  • Small bunch Thyme, roughly chopped
  • 150 ml Cider
  • 1 Loaf Crusty bread, to serve


  1. Heat the butter in a large pan. Once hot, add the bacon and cook until crisp.
  2. Add the shallots, thyme leaves and parsley leaves and cook until soft.
  3. Turn the heat up to high and add the mussels, garlic and cider. Place the lid on the pan, shake gently and allow to cook for approximately 5-7 mins, or until all the mussels have opened. Discard any closed mussels at the end of this process.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels to serving bowls and bring the remaining juices in the pan to the boil.
  5. Pour the sauce over the mussels and serve with thick rustic slices of crusty style bread.


My grandfather used to take me to pick mussels off the rocks and we would sit out the back and de-beard them together, then eat them for dinner with the local bakers finest fluffy crusty bread. Yum I just love it x

  • I’m not a fan of mussels, but I know a lot of people who are and will love this


  • Thanks for the recipe. I haven’t cooked with mussels before.


  • Great seafood dish yummy


  • wow it is so beautiful and looks delicious.


  • Made this for a seafood feast we were recently invited to. It was a massive hit!


  • Looks great but that’s one of few foods I will not touch.


  • Lovely. We make sure to buy the ones prescrubbed as they take SO long to de-beard and clean!


  • a nice simple dish with packets of flavour.


  • Mussels cooked any way served with crusty bread is just such a lovely meal. Thanks for sharing.


  • The recipe looks so incredibly easy!


  • Not normally a fan of mussels, but cooked in the right way (by someone else), I have loved them on the odd occasion. Who would like to make this for me? My family don’t love seafood at all, except for me…


  • These sound rather flavoursome, thank you.


  • Love your mussel recipe,great for the warmer weather!


  • Yum! So gourmet!


  • I love mussels but not cleaning them before cooking them!


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