Croatian white wine mussels

Croatian white wine mussels


This recipe has been contributed by Andrea Steligajdos. Vibrant flavours of the Adriatic coast abound with this Croatian white wine mussels recipe. Fresh, plump mussels are cooked in a fragrant blend of olive oil, parsley, breadcrumbs, and white wine, capturing the essence of coastal Croatia in every bite. The simplicity of the ingredients allows the natural brininess of the mussels to shine, while the white wine adds a touch of acidity and depth. Perfect for a light lunch or an elegant dinner, this dish is both easy to prepare and delightfully satisfying. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the delicious broth and enjoy a taste of Croatia at home.


  • 3 kg mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
  • 100 mL olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 300 mL white wine


  1. Heat the Oil:
    1 Heat the Oil:

    Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat for one minute.

  2. Add Mussels and Seasonings:
    2 Add Mussels and Seasonings:
    • Add the mussels, chopped parsley, and breadcrumbs to the pan.
    • Shake the pot gently to coat the mussels evenly with the oil and seasonings.
  3. Add Wine and Steam:
    3 Add Wine and Steam:
    • Pour the white wine over the mussels.
    • Cover the pan with a lid to trap the steam.
  4. Cook the Mussels:
    4 Cook the Mussels:
    • Cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until all mussels have opened.
    • Discard any mussels that do not open.
  5. Serve:
    5 Serve:

    Serve these flavorful mussels hot, ideally with a side of crusty bread to soak up the delicious broth, or pair with a light pasta. Perfect for a quick dinner or a festive gathering, these mussels are sure to delight seafood lovers.

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