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Grilled Mussels Recipe

A simply yet delicious grilled mussels recipe using a traditional gas or charcoal grill. This grilled muscle recipe is a simple recipe that you can easily elevate to suit your own pallet and style. This recipe calls for around 12 mussels for each guest as a starter. For a main course I would advice 20 - 25 mussels per guest.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, main
Cuisine: Barbecue, seafood
Servings: 4 appertizers
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 10


  • Gas or charcoal bbq
  • Large pot or sink with a plug


  • 48 Fresh mussels
  • Parsley
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 whole Birdseye chili
  • 3 cloves garlic


  • Choose only tightly closed, full shells in good condition. Remove any broken, chipped, damaged, or open shells before cooking.
    mussels in a pot
  • Preheat your gas or coal barbecue to medium-high heat.
    mussels in a pot
  • While your grill preheats, soak the mussels for 20 minutes in fresh water. The sand grit and salt will fall away as the mussels breathe and filter the freshwater. Some of the mussels may have byssal threads, or "beards," that show up after being soaked. Pull the beards towards the hinge and pull out any hanging threads.
    mussels in a pot
  • Put the cleaned mussels on the hot grill and cover. Try not to open the cover for at least 5 minutes. At 5 minutes open to check how they are cooking. Remove any mussels with tongs that have opened.
    mussels on the bbq
  • Continue this process for the next 5 or so minutes or until all mussels have opened. After 10 minutes discard any mussels that have not opened.
    grilled mussels on bbq
  • Garnish with fresh lemon wedges, parsley, cilantro, garlic, fresh-cut chili, sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Serve with a side of grilled crusty fresh bread. Serve and enjoy
    Grilled Mussels Recipe