Mussels with Pale Ale and Thyme

Mussels with Pale Ale and Thyme

Transport yourself to the tastes and aromas of a Belgian beer garden with this light but moreish Belgian style feast. Combining Australia’s best mussels – Kinkawooka from Eyre Peninsula Seafoods in South Australia – with a South Australian craft Pale Ale from Pirate Life Brewery – the South Coast Pale Ale – you have a real South Australian take on a mussel and beer pairing that lingers with you long after the bowl is cleared.

Serves: 2 PRINT THIS

This recipe is fast, extremely tasty and bound to please. Use the very best Australian mussels from Eyre Peninsula Seafoods and enjoy a splash of summer during the dreary winter days with a Pirate Life South Coast Pale Ale. Perfection.


  • 1kg pot ready mussels
  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup Pirate Life South Coast Pale Ale
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 1/2 ounces of butter, cubed


1 Open the pack of Pot Ready mussels and strain off the water. Give them a quick rinse under cold water.

2 Heat up a pot with approx. 1cm of water. When the water is boiling add the mussels. Cover with a lid, steam for a couple of minutes stirring every minute or so until they open.

3 Remove from the heat and strain the mussels off, keeping some of the liquid in a bowl.

4 Return the mussels to a large bowl and cover with a lid to keep them warm.

5 Heat a large saucepan over high heat until very hot. Add the oil, shallots, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and saute until shallots are translucent.

6 Add the beer and simmer to cook off the alcohol and reduce by half.

7 Add 1 cup of the mussel liquid to the sauce and bring to the boil and reduce.

8 Add the butter and whisk until the butter has melted and the mixture is evenly combined.

9 Add parsley to the sauce and heat through.

10 Add the steamed mussels to the sauce and stir to combine and the mussels are heated through and serve.

Where to buy

Our Premium Products

Eyre Peninsula Seafoods is home to Australia’s premium mussel brands: Kinkawooka Shellfish and Boston Bay Mussels. Soft, small and sweet with a rich creamy texture, our mussels are simply the best. Ocean fresh, certified organic and sustainably farmed, our mussels are good for you and the ocean.

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Cooking for a crowd? With Kinkawooka’s 1kg Ready to Cook Mussels you can easily serve up a pot of our ocean fresh mussels to your dinner guests.

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Our 1kg Ready to Cook Boston Bay Mussels make the perfect choice to cook when feeding a crowd. Restaurant quality mussels in your home!

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