The Basics: How to Make Steamed Mussels

The Basics: How to Make Steamed Mussels

Winy, buttery finger food

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from something raw to something cooked using simple ingredients, free of measurements and complicated techniques. A method that you can have in your back pocket and whip out whenever you like. We call it recipe-free cooking.

You'll need:

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  • a large plate or baking dish
  • a knife
  • a large frying pan with a lid (or a baking sheet to cover it)
  • a wooden spoon
  • two pounds of mussels
  • one onion
  • four garlic cloves
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • white wine
  • Pernod (optional)
  • a baguette

Illustrations by Bill Russell