Instant Pot Mussels in Garlic Butter are so delicious they are going to be one of your new favorite recipes to prepare in your Instant Pot. All you need to go with it is some crusty bread and maybe a glass of wine. This is the best mussels recipe and since we are making these mussels in the pressure cooker they are ready in just 3 minutes.
What is Mussels Mariniere
Mussels Mariniere or “Moules Marinière” is A traditional French dish, meaning Mussels steamed in white wine served in a sauce of juices from the mussels, wine, butter, and shallots is what Mariniere Sauce consists of.
When selecting mussels you want to try and buy mussels that are PEI Mussels. What are PEI Mussels? PEI stands for “Prince Edward Island” and it has become one of the best places for cultivating mussels. Prince Edward Island has become one of the primary providers for mussels in North America.
How to Store Mussels
- Remove from plastic bag and store either loose or in mesh bag
- Place in a bowl or unsealed container
- Cover with a clean damp cloth or paper towel. Remember – never store in the water!
- Store in fridge (up to a few days and make sure they smell like the ocean)
- Drain daily any water that collects in bowl/container.
Nutritional Facts of Mussels
Mussels are one of the best healthy foods to include in your diet, high in zinc, iron and other minerals, vitamins A and B12. A fantastic source of protein, low in calories and low in fat.
Health Benefits of Mussels
High in Protein and Iron
Eating Mussels have many health benefits. Not only are they high in protein but they are also high in iron. Protein levels rival red meat.
High in Vitamin A and B-12
Vitamin A is excellent for the skin, eyes, and immune system. B12 is an essential vitamin that only naturally occurs in animal products. B12 deficiency can lead to problems with heart health.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The heart benefits from a reduction in the risk of a heart attack due to those all-important Omega-3 fatty acids.
Calories in Mussels
A single serving of mussels is 146 calories and 20 grams of protein. This is for a 3 ounce serving. Mussels are a nutritious food that is high in protein.
Mussels Recipe Ingredients
- Olive Oil
- White Wine
- Chicken Broth
- Salt and Black Pepper
Full list of ingredients is in the Recipe Card at the bottom. If you want to print the recipe there is a button at the top.
How to Cook Mussels
These are GREAT as an appetizer or as a dinner. The recipe can be easily doubled as well. The Instant Pot not only makes the cooking process as easy as pie but it also can hold ALOT of mussels too. So even if your having a party or just having some friends over for dinner or to watch a game these are EASY to prepare.
Please don’t be intimidated like many others to prepare these Instant Pot Mussels with Garlic Butter Sauce. Mussels cooking is simple. They are sure to become one of your favorites. Not only are they delicious but they are also very healthy and very affordable to purchase.
I have been asked by some blog followers to create some unique recipes to prepare with the instant pot that is very simple and this is one of them. I would like to also say THANK YOU for stopping by my blog and if you happen to prepare these mussels or any recipe from my blog please leave a rating and a comment.
How to Steam Mussels
Steaming mussels is an easy thing to do. All you need is some mussels with the beards removed.
Rinse the mussels in freshwater. Make sure none of them are open or broken. Discard any mussels that are broken or open. The ones that are slightly open you can tap them on the counter to see if they close.
Washing mussels needs to be done regardless of if they are being made on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot.
Grab some garlic and herbs of your choice. The recipe below is for the instant pot but I am going to also give you a stovetop steamed mussels version right now. The process is simple.
Put 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil in a large pan over medium heat. When oil is hot add garlic and saute till the garlic is fragrant.
Add the wine (about a 1/4 cup. Let that cook for a moment and add about 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Then add the mussels. When pan comes to a simmer put a lid on top.
How Long to Steam Mussels?
Heat oil in a large 6 to 8 quart stockpot. Saute your shallots and garlic. Add mussels to the pan and give a shake to coat Add wine and broth.
Cover pan and cook on medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until mussels open. Toss with parsley and a squeeze of lemon and serve.
Shake the pan a little once and a while during cooking but when 5 minutes is up take the lid off the pan and add chopped parsley and stir. Then salt and pepper to taste and a squeeze of lemon juice. THAT’S IT. It really is that easy to steam mussels.
If you have any questions at all feel free to drop it in the comment box below I do my best to answer them all.
How to Cook Mussels in Instant Pot
Wash and Clean Mussels
The Mussels Instant Pot method is easy as well. The first step is always to wash and inspect the mussels for ones that are cracked. Throw the crack ones away.
Turn Instant Pot on Normal Saute mode. Once the screen says “Hot” add your butter and olive oil. Once it is bubbling add garlic and saute until fragrant.
Add Wine and Broth
Add wine and broth to the pressure cooker. Place Mussels in the pressure cooker and place lid on the Instant Pot. Turn valve to the “Seal” position.
Pressure Cook the Mussels
Cooking time for the mussels in the pressure cooker is quick. How long does it take to cook Mussels? Just 3 minutes at HIGH PRESSURE and they are done. When cooking time is complete do a quick release of the pressure.
Serve the Mussels in a large bowl with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper and serve with some crusty french bread for dipping.
NOTE: The cooking process for these Mussels is the same no matter which electric pressure cooker you own. It does not matter if you have a Mealthy, Foodi, or Cosori version. The process is the same.
Full Detailed Instructions Jump to Recipe Card Below
What to Serve with Mussels?
Traditionally Mussels are served in a bowl with the sauce and some crusty French bread for dipping. This is my favorite for sure. White wine mussels pasta is a popular way to serve mussels. Mix in some shrimp and clams and red pepper flakes with “al dente” cooked pasta for a delicious seafood dish.
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Instant Pot Mussels
- 1 Pound Mussels
- 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 Shallot Minced
- 3 to 4 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley
- 2 to 3 Chopped Scallions
- 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup White Wine suitable for drinking
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Rinse Mussels under cold water to clean.
- Mussels have “beards” that stick out of the shell. Most of the time this is already removed when you buy them in the supermarket. If you come across some that have beards just pull it backward to remove.
- Check Mussels as you are rinsing them for broken shells and cracks and discard those. If mussels are really dirty you may need a scrub brush but this is normally not the case.
- Now it is time go over to your Instant Pot and hit the SAUTE button an put it on the “normal” setting. Remove the lid and wait for the screen to say “HOT”
- Add butter and olive oil to pan and wait for mixture to get hot. Once hot add the shallots and let saute about 2 minutes and then add garlic and saute about 1 minute more until fragrant.
- Then pour in wine and stir. Let it cook down for a minute then add chicken broth and stir. Add about half of the parsley and scallions and hold on to the other half for garnish.
- Add mussels to the Instant Pot and stir slowly to coat with broth. Put lid on Instant Pot and turn valve to “Seal.”
- Hit Cancel on your Instant Pot and then hit MANUAL PRESSURE COOK Button and set for HIGH pressure.
- Set Timer for 3 MINUTES.
- When cook time is complete do a QUICK RELEASE by opening valve with a wooden spoon being careful not to get burned.
- Remove lid from Instant Pot
- Remove mussels from Instant Pot to a Bowl and sprinkle with leftover scallion and parsley garnish. Serve with crusty bread to soak up all the yummy garlic sauce.