Beer Steamed Mussels Recipe

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


Beer steamed mussels are steamed with 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 NE IPA)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 23 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of paprika
  • 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 combine beer, garlic, onion, butter, oregano, salt, red pepper flakes, cover and bring to a simmer.
  3. Once butter has fully melted, add mussels and steam covered for 5 minutes until shells open up. Stir and serve immediately in a bowl with beer broth.

Keywords: steamed mussels in beer, how to steam mussels


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