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Lemon Chipotle Mussels Recipe

Lemon Chipotle Mussels

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


An easy fresh steamed mussels recipe with white wine and a lemon chipotle sauce.



  • 1 lb. fresh mussels
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 of a large lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1.5 cups dry white wine (I used chardonnay)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Fresh bread for dipping (like this Easy Crusty French Bread!)


  1. Clean and scrub mussels. Toss out any that are open. Set cleaned mussels aside.
  2. In a large skillet (make sure it has a tight-fitting lid), heat oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic to oil and sauté until onion is translucent, about three minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add chipotle chili powder to onion mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Squeeze juice from lemon wedges into pan, and then toss the wedges right into the pan with the onions.
  7. Add white wine to pan to deglaze and give it a stir.
  8. Add mussels to pan and cover with the lid. Cook 5-7 minutes until all mussels have opened.
  9. Throw out any mussels that are unopened.
  10. Pour cooked mussels and remaining cooking liquid (that’s the good stuff, mmmm) into a large bowl. Top with chopped cilantro and serve immediately with lots of bread for soaking up the liquid.