Baked Mussels

Baked Mussels Italian Recipe

Baked mussels will delight your tastebuds: in this mussel recipe tender mussels are mixed with herbs and parmesan cheese and baked until golden.

31 May, 2012
Average: 2.8 (36 votes)


Season & Occasion

serves for


total time

0 HR 25 MIN


1 kg, fresh
20 g, fresh and chopped
1 clove, chopped
Chili pepper
1/2, deseeded and chopped
Bread crumbs
180 g
15 ml, freshly grated
Extra-virgin olive oil
75 ml


How to make Baked Mussels, an Easy Recipe From Italy

To prepare baked mussels:

1. Start by heating the oven to 200°C /180°C fan, gas mark 6.

2. Scrub the mussels well with a small metal brush and wash under running water.

3. Put into a large pan and cover with water, put a lid on the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the mussels open (throw away any that do not open). 

4. Drain (keep 1 cup of the cooking water and drain to remove any impurities), then remove the empty halves of the shells and place the halves containing the mussels on a baking tray.

5. Wash the parsley, shake dry, and chop finely.

6. Heat 45 ml of extra-virgin olive oil in a frying pan and fry the breadcrumbs, stirring, until golden brown.

7. Mix together the parsley, chilli, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, 30 ml of extra-virgin olive oil and the mussel water until you have a moist mixture that holds together. Season with salt and pepper.

8. Place a little of the mixture on top of each mussel and press down slightly. Put the baking tray into the preheated oven for about 2 minutes, until the gratin topping is nicely browned. Serve the baked mussels hot.

Wine pairing: Fiano di Puglia

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