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Home > Recipes > Mussel Recipes > Grilled Mussels Recipe


  • 1/2 pound mussels (per person)

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste, optional

  • Minced fresh flat leaf parsley, to taste, optional

    Steps to Make It

  • Gather the ingredients.

  • Prepare a medium-high (400 F to 475 F) gas or charcoal grill fire. While the grill heats, pick over the mussels; throw away any mussels that don't close tightly when you tap on them and remove the beards, if any.

  • Put the cleaned mussels on the hot grill and cook, covered on a gas grill, until they open, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Use tongs to transfer the hot mussels to a serving platter. If using, add fresh pepper and chopped parsley on top. Serve immediately.

    Flavorful Additions

    Dress up your mussels a little with one of our suggestions:

    • Make a melted garlic-butter sauce with 4 ounces salted butter and 1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic. Heat them up in a small saucepan and drizzle over the mussels before serving.
    • Drizzle hot chili oil right off the grill, or a teaspoon of chili flakes for a spicy version.
    • Serve a simple and fresh take with a spritz of lemon juice and fresh parsley or cilantro.

    Recipe courtesy of The Spruce Eats