Mussels with garlic

Mussels with garlic

Mussels with garlic

Mussels with garlic, mussels à la Normande or mussels with cream are different names for this dish. 

It is cooked in two stages: the garlic sauce and cream and the mussels are cooked apart, then served together. 

The recipe contains white wine but it may be omitted completely.

Course Main Course
Cuisine France, Seafood
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 595 kcal


  • 2 kg mussels
  • 2 onions
  • 1 glass white wine optional
  • 200 ml cream
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt & pepper



  1. clean the mussels
  2. peel and mince the onions
  3. peel and mince the garlic

Cooking the sauce:

  1. sauté 1/3 of the onion and garlic in butter
  2. add thyme, cream and white wine
  3. let the sauce reduce over medium heat
  4. season with salt and pepper
  5. to get a nice smooth sauce without garlic and onion pieces, sieve the sauce (optional)

Cooking the mussels:

  1. sauté the remaining onion and garlic with thyme in butter
  2. add the mussels, season with salt and pepper and cook 6-7 min.
  3. stir the mussels stir 2-3 times
  4. serve mussels in a soup plate and pour the sauce over the mussels