Mussels with Basil-Butter Sauce

By Lauren Keating

Mussels might seem fancy, but they’re really simple to make at home for a romantic night in. Serve with plenty of crusty bread for dipping into the delicious basil-butter sauce! 

  • Yield: Serves – 2
  • Course: Entree

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  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed well 
  • Zest from ½ of a lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil


Mussels with Basil-Butter Sauce

By Lauren Keating

1. Set a 12-inch Anolon® Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel 12-Inch French Skillet over medium heat. Add the water and heat until it begins to bubble. Reduce heat to medium-low. 

2. Using a silicone whisk, whisk in one piece of butter until completely melted. Repeat until all butter has been incorporated into a smooth sauce.  Do not allow the sauce to boil. 

3. Add the mussels. Cover and cook 5-7 minutes, or until shells open. 

4. Stir in the basil and lemon zest. Remove from heat & serve. 

Recipe created exclusively for Anolon by food blogger parter and recipe developer, Lauren Keating of Healthy. Delicious.