Beer Boiled Mussels


These Beer Boiled Mussels are so flavorful and fun! Infuse the shellfish with your favorite beer for a light and summery recipe!



  • 2 lbs. mussels
  • 12 oz. pale ale beer (can also use chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 springs fresh rosemary, chopped


  1. Place mussels in a strainer in the sink and rinse them.
  2. If the mussels are open, tap them on the counter or a cutting board and see if they close. If they close, they are ok to use. If they stay open, discard them.
  3. Add beer, butter, and garlic to a pan over high heat, bringing the beer broth to a boil.
  4. Add the closed mussels and cover with a lid.
  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the mussels have opened.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the mussels into a large serving bowl.
  7. Discard any mussels that do not open. I did this in about three batches.
  8. Once all the mussels are cooked, continue to cook the broth. Boil for an additional 3 minutes and pour the sauce over the mussels.
  9. Sprinkle with salt.
  10. Garnish with fresh herbs.