Beer Steamed Mussels

Want to make an amazing meal in just 20 minutes? Let me tell you about my beer steamed mussels recipe. It’s seriously one of my favorite things to cook.

This dish combines some of my absolute favorite ingredients – beer, mussels, chili, garlic, and butter. Yum! If you can get your hands on cleaned mussels, it only takes 10 minutes to prep and 10 to cook. How easy is that?

I know shellfish can seem intimidating if you’ve never cooked them before. But trust me, this recipe is super simple. Just make sure to toss any mussels with broken shells or ones that don’t close when you tap them. And don’t forget to discard any that don’t open after cooking.

For the beer, I like using a blonde beer or weissbier. As for the chilis, go as hot as you dare! I’m a fan of scotch bonnets myself.

The best part?

It’ll be on your table in about 20 minutes from start to finish. So grab a beer (to cook with and drink!), some mussels, and get cooking. I promise you’re going to love this quick and tasty meal.

Why You’ll Love This Beer Steamed Mussels Recipe

You’ll love this recipe because it’s so easy to make yet looks and tastes impressive. In just about 20 minutes, you can have a gourmet meal on the table. It’s perfect for those nights when you want something special without spending hours in the kitchen.

The flavors in this dish are simply amazing. The beer creates a light, flavorful broth that perfectly complements the mussels. It’s a great way to elevate the humble mussel into something truly spectacular.

This recipe is also incredibly versatile. You can experiment with different types of beer to create unique flavor profiles. It’s a fun way to explore different tastes and find your perfect combination.


When choosing mussels, look for ones that smell fresh like the ocean. Avoid any that have cracked shells or smell fishy. These are signs that the mussels aren’t fresh and could be unsafe to eat.

Don’t skip the step of checking if the mussels are alive before cooking. Tap any open mussels on the counter. If they don’t close, discard them. This ensures you’re only cooking live, safe-to-eat mussels.

When it comes to choosing beer, I recommend using a light lager or pilsner. These beers won’t overpower the delicate flavor of the mussels. However, feel free to experiment with your favorite beer to find your perfect match.

The Ingredients


Fresh mussels are the star of this dish. They should be alive when you buy them and have tightly closed shells. Mussels add a sweet, briny flavor to the dish and soak up the delicious beer broth.


Beer is the key to the flavorful broth in this recipe. It adds depth and a slight bitterness that complements the mussels perfectly. I usually use a light lager, but you can experiment with different types.

Garlic and Shallots

These aromatic ingredients form the flavor base of the dish. They add a savory depth that enhances the overall taste of the mussels and broth.


A bit of butter adds richness to the broth and helps to meld all the flavors together. It also gives the sauce a silky texture.

How to Make Beer Steamed Mussels

Clean the Mussels

Rinse the mussels under cold water and remove any beards. Discard any mussels that are open and don’t close when tapped.

Prepare the Base

In a large pot, melt butter and sauté garlic and shallots until fragrant.

Add Beer and Mussels

Pour in the beer and bring to a simmer. Add the mussels and cover the pot.

Steam the Mussels

Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the mussels have opened. Discard any that remain closed.


Transfer the mussels to serving bowls and pour the broth over them. Garnish with fresh herbs.

What to Serve With Beer Steamed Mussels

This dish pairs perfectly with some crispy fries or bread to soak up all that delicious sauce. I love warming up some ciabatta in the air fryer while the mussels cook.

  • Crusty bread for soaking up the broth
  • French fries for a classic moules-frites combination
  • A simple green salad
  • More of the beer you used for cooking


  • Use white wine instead of beer for a classic steamed mussels recipe
  • Replace butter with olive oil for a dairy-free version
  • Add cream at the end for a richer sauce


  • Large pot with a lid
  • Colander for rinsing mussels
  • Sharp knife for chopping garlic and shallots


How do I know if mussels are fresh?

Fresh mussels should have a mild, oceany smell and closed shells. If a mussel is slightly open, tap it – it should close. If it doesn’t, discard it.

Can I prepare mussels in advance?

It’s best to cook mussels just before serving. However, you can clean them a few hours in advance and keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to cook.

What if some mussels don’t open after cooking?

Discard any mussels that don’t open after cooking. This is a sign that they weren’t alive when you started cooking and could be unsafe to eat.

Beer Steamed Mussels

Print Recipe
Course Main Course
Keyword mussels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


  • 4 pounds fresh mussels* cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups light beer
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Clean and debeard mussels, discarding any that are open and don't close when tapped.
  • In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots, cook until fragrant.
  • Pour in beer and bring to a simmer.
  • Add mussels, cover, and cook for 5-7 minutes until the mussels open.
  • Remove from heat, discard any unopened mussels.
  • Stir in parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve hot with crusty bread.


Always make sure mussels are fresh and alive before cooking for safety.