When it comes time to cook PEI Mussels, follow these simple instructions to serve up delicious classically-steamed mussels.


How To Cook Mussels

PEI Mussels are an easy and healthy meal option. They're quick and tasty and can be eaten right out of the pot or used in a variety of recipes.

Before you start cooking, you should always give your mussels a quick rinse. PEI Mussels are pre-cleaned so that's really all you need to do. The fresh water will cause the mussels to close. If there are any that don't close give them a quick tap, if they still don't close at least partially, simply discard them.

Let's Get Cooking

Here's a simple how-to for steamed PEI Mussels.
  1. Place a little bit of water in a pot, just ¼ cup is often enough to provide the steam.
  2. Turn on the heat to high.
  3. Add the mussels to the pot and put on the lid.
  4. When the steam is coming out from under the lid, peek and if the mussels are open they are done!
  5. This will take 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much liquid you use, the strength of heat, the weight of the pot and the amount of mussels you have.
  6. Tip the contents into a bowl and serve with some fresh crusty bread– it's that simple!
Open, cooked PEI mussels

Suggested mussel cooking times

1 pound
2 pounds
5 pounds
10 pounds
4 to 5 minutes
5 to 6 minutes
6 to 8 minutes
8 to 10 minutes
(1 pound of mussels is approximately 20 - 24 individual mussels)

Knowing the proper proportions of mussels to the number of guests you have will ensure a successful event. We suggest 1 to 1¼ pounds per person for a main course or ½ pound per person for an appetizer.


  • Rinse before steaming, discard any that don't close.
  • Steam your mussels with a small amount of liquid in a pot with a lid.
  • Mussels are done when the steam comes out from under the lid and the mussels are open.
  • Don't forget the broth, it makes a tasty dip for bread.
  • In place of water, you can also use wine or beer or other liquids to steam the mussels and add some unique flavour.
  • Throw in some chopped garlic or onions to add more flavour.
  • It's best if the pot heats up very quickly so use maximum heat. This allows the mussel meat to release better so it's easily removed from the shell.
  • Be careful not to overcook mussels and definitely do not boil them covered in water like a potato or pasta as they will not open. Mussels need to steam not boil.
  • Don't forget the broth. It makes a tasty dip for bread.
  • Browse Quick & Easy PEI Mussels recipes >>
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