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Steamed Mussels With Bacon & Beer Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


My steamed mussels are steamed with chopped bacon, beer, garlic, onion, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, butter, and a pinch of paprika. A delicious and easy way to steam mussels.


  • 2 pounds mussels, rinsed and beards removed
  • 2 cups beer of choice (blonde ale, pale ale, or NEIPA)
  • 3 strips thick-cut bacon or pancetta, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • pinch of paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Rinse mussels under cool water, removing beards while discarding any that do not fully shut on their own (these are dead).
  2. In a large covered saucepan on medium-low heat, cook bacon/pancetta until browned, 3-4 minutes. Do not discard bacon fat. Add garlic, onion, butter, paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and cook until onion is tender. About 2 minutes.
  3. Add beer and mussels. Stir, cover, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes until shells open up. Garnish with chopped parsley, stir, and serve immediately in a bowl with beer broth. Serve with toasted french bread for dipping.


If you don’t have beer this can also be made with white wine or water.


  • Serving Size: 1/2-1 lb (about 20 mussels)
  • Calories: 411
  • Sugar: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 927mg
  • Fat: 14.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.2g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Protein: 37.3g
  • Cholesterol: 105mg

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