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Moules Marinière by Raymond Blanc

Cook at Home

The good thing about mussels is you can eat them all year round! We French have many uses for them – gratin, omelette, stuffed, in soups, casseroles, in salads – but my favourite is the most traditional use of them: Moules marinière. This Normandy classic is simple to cook at home, especially as you can now easily buy mussels that have already been cleaned and de-bearded.

Raymond Blanc


Prep Time

20 mins

Cooking Time

5 mins


  • 1.8kg of very fresh good-quality mussels
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and very finely chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 2tbsp whipping cream
  • 3tbsp roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley


  • Wash the mussels thoroughly in a bowl under cold running water, removing any barnacles and beards that are still present.
  • Discard any mussels that float, including those that are closed.
  • Drain the mussels in a colander.
  • Meanwhile, boil the wine in a small pan for 30 seconds.
  • Cook the mussels in a large saucepan over a high heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the onion, bay leaves and thyme, stir and then add the wine after 10 seconds.
  • Bring to the boil, add the mussels and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until the mussels open.
  • Stir in the cream and chopped parsley.
  • To serve the mussels, tip into a large dish or divide among warmed soup plates.
  • Provide your guests with finger bowls and serve with lots of good French bread to mop up the wonderful juices.

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Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Church Road, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD

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