Probably the most popular mussel dish is "moules marinieres
", a classic French recipe using wine, garlic, shallots, parsley and butter. This dish is easy to make, and tastes divine.
In the above dish, the mussels are gently steamed until they open. This is the usual method of cooking mussels, although mussels can be steamed to open them and then finished cooking by using a different method, according to recipe instructions.
As well as steaming, mussels can be baked, grilled, pan-fried or deep-fried. As long as they are cooked, they can also be added to salads, pasta dishes, stir fries, sauces, soups or stews.
Mussels need only a few minutes cooking, so therefore when adding them to other recipes, they should be added at the last moment, in order to prevent over-cooking.
Over cooked mussels are quite tasteless, rubbery and a bit of a let down.