Made to Match - Al's Classic Mussel Broth

Al's Classic Mussel Broth
Stella Artois

Al Brown recipe

Made to Match

This is one of the great Bistro dishes of the world, and the beverage match of choice for most is a cold refreshing lager. Stella Artois is simply the perfect match for this humble yet ever so satisfying dish. Try it, you’ll love it.

Al's Classic Mussel Broth


Serves 6

  • 2 Kg Green Shell Mussels (about 6 per person)
  • 1 Red Chilli (thinly sliced)
  • 1 Tbl Fresh Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 2 Lemons  (zest only)
  • 50 gm  Butter (diced)
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Parsley (rough chopped)
  • Hot Fries
  • Mayonnaise


  1. Give the mussels a quick scrub and pull out the beard exposed between the closed shells. 

Cooking method

  1. Place the mussels in large saucepan. Top with chilli, garlic, lemon zest and add white wine and chicken stock. Stir all together before covering with a lid and placing on high heat.
  2. Cook the mussels for 5 minutes or so, shaking the saucepan intermittently. Remove the mussels as they open so ‘early openers’ don’t over cook while you wait for the last stubborn few to open. Any that fail to open, discard. 
  3. Add butter and parsley to the cooking juices left in the saucepan, then pour over the warm mussels.

Serving suggestions

Serve up the mussels in the saucepan, or divided between bowls (making sure they all get a ladle of the broth over them). Accompany with hot salty fries and some mayo on the side.