White Wine & Saffron Steamed Mussels

White Wine & Saffron Steamed Mussels

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White Wine & Saffron Steamed Mussels

Makes 4 Servings

This simple dish is earthy and sweet with a hint of brine… a luxurious twist on the traditional mussels mariniere recipe.

White Wine & Saffron Steamed Mussels
  • 1 pinch Iranian Sargol Saffron Threads (you could substitute Spanish Saffron)
  • ½ cup White Wine
  • 1 Shallot, Finely Chopped
  • 1.5lb Live Mussels (live Maine mussels depicted), soaked in flour water (how to prep mussels)
  • 1 Leek, white part only, thinly sliced
  • Lemon juice, freshly squeezed, to taste
  • Salt to taste



Steep the saffron threads in the white wine for 15 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan, then add the leeks and shallots. Quickly sauté to soften, but not enough to give them any color. Add the saffron infused white wine and mussels.


Put the lid on the pot and let steam until the mussels open. Discard any mussels that refuse to open.

Season the broth with salt & lemon juice to taste.

Serve the mussels in a large bowl with the veggies and saffron broth. It’s great with crusty French bread on the side.