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Mike's Drunken Mussels Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Mike's Drunken Mussels

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"Shying away from the typical tomato or wine based steamed mussel recipe? This one features tequila and lime and it as easy as 1..2..3 to prepare! Serve right away with some crusty Italian bread to soak up the juice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook red pepper and onion in oil, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in tequila, water, lime juice, fresh pepper and jalapenos. Bring to a boil, and dump in the mussels. Sprinkle the cilantro over the mussels, and cover with a tight fitting lid. Allow to steam for 3 to 4 minutes, or until all mussels have opened (discard any that don't).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 26, 2003

This was Great! I didn't want to lose the taste of all the ingredients in the streaming so I steamed the mussels in water, a bit of lime juice and a splash of tequila then used the recipe to pour over mussels when they were done and in the bowl. Very Good.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 24, 2004

I did not like this recipe at all. I'm giving it 2 stars only because my husband thought they were "ok". The sauce needs to be thicker, I think, so that the sauce will stick to the mussels. The flavor was not good, the cilantro overwhelming. Sorry.

Feb 23, 2008

Quick and easy to make with stuff we had on hand, including jalapeños. This recipe is better than most restaurants. Didn't change a thing!

Feb 09, 2004

I wasn't sure about this...the family always eats the mussels the same way but they liked it! A lot!

Feb 03, 2012

I used vodka instead of tequila and added 3 teaspoons of horseradish too....just for an extra kick. They were great.

Jan 20, 2011

I used olive oil, left out the peppers (both red and jalapeno) but only because I didn't have any on hand. I also left out the water because I used the frozen mussels you can buy in the 2 pound bag. Really good recipe, loved the flavor of the broth - I was afraid that the tequila would be too strong, but it was balanced by the lime juice - I may add more tequila next time! Thanks, Mike for an alternative to white wine broth.

Mar 28, 2007

Great change to wine and cream - we loved it and will use again I fried the chilli with the onion and pepper to reduce the heat and confess that I seldom weigh my ingredients just use the volume and weight given as a guide line, the sauce was good and the balance of flavors were great

May 12, 2003

Very good!!


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  • Calories
  • 132 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 7.4 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 174 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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