Steamed mussels with leeks, thyme & bacon

Steamed mussels with leeks, thyme & bacon

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
A bistro-style starter for two. Mop up the juices with crusty bread, or make it into a main with chunky chips

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal377
  • fat26g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.76g


  • 750g mussel



    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 small leeks, sliced on the diagonal



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • handful thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • small glass cider or white wine



    Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…


  1. Scrub and de-beard the mussels. Heat half the butter in a pan, then sizzle the bacon for 3-4 mins until starting to brown. Add the leeks and thyme, then sweat everything together for 4-5 mins until soft. Turn the heat up high, add the mussels and cider or wine, then cover and cook for 4-5 mins, shaking the pan occasionally, until the mussels have opened. Discard any that don’t open. Scoop the mussels and the other bits into a dish, then place the pan back on the heat. Boil the juices for 1 min with the rest of the butter, then pour over the mussels and serve with crusty bread.

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31st Jan, 2013
These are so so delicious! I use Stella Artoire Cidre for this for a bit of sweetness and a fruity kick. Very good with French fries!!
1st Sep, 2012
I've been doing basic mussels and white wine for years and this was my first attempt at something with actual flavour (in parallel with the Thai style mussels). The result was spectacular. Very very delicious and I was scooping up the juices at the bottom of the plate. Will be making again.
1st Apr, 2012
Delicious, very easy to make. Also used chorizo instead of bacon, lovely!
6th Nov, 2011
4th Apr, 2009
Great! This is so easy, so tasty and so definately on the 'must make again' list! I used cider and lemon thyme, the lemon thyme gave a lovely flavour. Next time I think I'm going to try it with wine & then chorizo instead of bacon.
1st Mar, 2009
Very flavoursome and looks great. The bacon and leeks really compliment the mussels. I used wine not cider. So quick and easy to prepare and serve.
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