Steamed Mussels with Irish Stout and Black Pepper

Steamed Mussels with Irish Stout and Black Pepper
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
2-4 servings

The rich flavour of Irish stout gives this simple dish of steamed mussels plenty of depth. A spicy kick from a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper balances everything nicely. Mussels are a great choice when having a crowd over, because it takes only minutes to steam a large amount. About ½ pound (225g) per person is a good size for an appetizer, or you can serve 1 pound (454g) per person with a side of french fries for a main course. Have some Irish soda bread on hand for sopping up the delicious broth left in the bowl.

Courtesy of Derek Bocking.



g (2 lbs) mussels
medium sized onion, thinly sliced
g (2 ½ oz) butter
mL Guinness or other stout beer
g (2 teaspoons) freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Rinse the mussels in cold water and then remove any hanging threads (the “beards”) using scissors or a quick tug. If any mussels are open, tap them with a spoon and if they don’t immediately close, discard them.

Step 2

Melt the butter in a large pot on medium-high heat and then add the onions. Sweat the onions until they are translucent and then add the beer & black pepper. Add the mussels to the pot, cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. They are ready when all the mussels are open, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 3

Serve with bread and french fries.

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