Why mussels are the perfect winter meal

Steamed mussels in white wine sauce

Winter beckons us indoors. It’s nature’s signal to slow down, restore and rejuvenate – without the pull to be outdoors that comes with brighter months. This time of year also shifts what we eat, crave and want to cook. We desire comforting, hearty and warm meals… soups, stews, roasts, chilli, shepherd’s pie, pastas, slow-cooked meats, casseroles, curries. And, surprisingly, mussels.

While the demand for just about every other seafood drops off in the winter, mussels actually spike during this season. It’s the only seafood that goes up in consumption in winter compared to summer. Other seafood like prawns, barramundi, cod, lobster, tuna and salmon tend to be adored as summer foods.

Mussels are so popular year-round, particularly in the wintertime, because of their convenience. Enjoy mussels in soups, broths, laksas, curries, paellas and just about any other winter recipe.

The leftover liquid after steaming the mussels is a cook’s dream. It’s an incredibly rich, briny broth that makes any meal a delight for the palette. For a super low-key appetiser, this liquor-laden broth is perfect for dipping crusty or garlic bread into – or the basis of a marinara pasta sauce (with some herbs to jolt the taste buds).

Streamed Mussels with lemon dish

A go-to winter warmer food

Soft, sweet, a rich, creamy texture and a subtle ‘ocean’ flavour, our mussels are delicious, super versatile, packed with health benefits and certified organic. A no-guilt source of protein, mussels are filling and easy to cook. From quick, convenient meals to an elegant multi-course menu for entertaining, there’s a place and a plate for mussels in every kind of day.

Our creamy native blue mussels (sustainably sourced from the pristine waters of Boston Bay, South Australia) are great to pair with a range of flavours – such as garlic, thyme, parsley, chilli, paprika, saffron, dill, coriander, white wine sauce and horseradish cream. There are endless ways to cook them, pair them and be creative with them. It’s hard to ‘go wrong’ with mussels.

Mussels out of water

Keeping the body strong

Mussels contain iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B12, calcium and essential amino acids. With shorter days during winter, our bodies need a little extra care, particularly the immune, circulatory and digestive systems. Mussels are high in many of the nutrients we need more of during this season.

Embrace the slow pace of winter and more time spent at home (and in the kitchen). And don’t be nervous, as mussels are forgiving to cook. For a spicy, fragrant, ‘burst in your face flavour’, start with the Thai mussels with sweet potato recipe.

Feeling cosy? Fire up the stove and cook chilli steamed mussels with tomato and chorizo. Want some warmth and kick? Try the hot and spicy chilly mussels. Hosting friends? The mussels with garlic and breadcrumbs will be a hit. And ‘travel’ to SE Asia by whipping up a mussel curry laksa.

Mussels are food that can’t be boxed into a season. Mussels defy weather and cultures, giving you the freedom to cook them when and how you want. There’s always a place for our naturally sweet, soft, melt-in-your-mouth mussels.

Ready to introduce our mussels into your diet?

You can find our mussels on supermarket shelves or from specialty seafood retailers. We offer both live pot-ready and cooked mussels, as well as our new Mussel Hot Pot in Tomato Broth box.  Our Boston Bay Mussel Hot Pot in Tomato Broth is not only the perfect winter meal but also convenient.  Simply pop in the microwave and in under three minutes you can enjoy a healthy, nutritious, quality meal.

If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration to feed the family with a warm meal, have a look at our winter recipes that are sure to entice and delight.