Fresh cultured blue mussels are easy to cook as well as being a healthy and easy meal option. They’re quick and tasty and can be eaten right out of the pot or used in a variety of recipes. Before you start cooking, you should always give your mussels a quick rinse. Cultured blue mussels are pre-cleaned so that’s really all you need to do. The fresh water will cause the mussels to close. If there are any that don’t close give them a quick tap, if they still don’t close at least partially, simply discard them.
Fresh blue mussels are cooked by steaming.
Place a little bit of water in a pot, just one cup is often enough to provide the steam.
Turn on the heat to high.
Add the mussels to the pot and put on the lid.
When the steam is coming out from under the lid, peek and if the mussels are open they are done!
This will take 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much liquid you use, the strength of heat, the weight of the pot and the amount of mussels you have.
Tip the contents into a bowl and serve with some fresh crusty bread for soaking up the tasty broth – it’s that simple!