Smoked Mussels with Garlic, Butter and Herbs

Smoked Mussels with Garlic, Butter and Herbs

When you discover just how easy it is to make smoked mussels at home, you’ll be firing up the barbecue in no time at all.

This no-fuss smoked mussel recipe makes a great entree or treat to share with friends on a hot summer’s day.

Serves: 4 PRINT THIS

Infused with garlic, butter and herbs and served with a wedge of lemon… your tastebuds will be delighting in all the flavours.

And when you discover just how healthy they are – you’ll be ready to push aside the sausages on the barbie for a serving of mussels. They contain a bounty of vitamins and minerals your body needs. They are high in omega 3, iodine, selenium and zinc, all needed to keep your body at its best. And you won’t feel guilty offering them up to your friends.


  • 1kg Kinkawooka Shellfish Ready to Cook Mussels
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 3/4 cup apple wood chips
  • 4 lemon wedges


1 Stir together olive oil, parsley, chives, tarragon, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

2 Preheat the barbecue to high (around 230 - 250 C). Place the mussels, garlic and butter in a large sized disposable aluminum pan.

3 Poke a dozen 2cm sized holes in one end of the disposable aluminum pan. Place wood chips over holes, and place pan on barbecue with wood chips directly over flame. Heat until wood chips start to smoke for about 10 minutes. Place a foil pan with mussels onto a grate beside the pan with wood chips. Cover both pans tightly with aluminum foil. Cook, covered, until mussels are opened, about 15 minutes. Any mussels that have not opened can simply be prised open with a knife.

4 Place mussels in a large bowl and drizzle with butter mixture from the cooking pan.

5 Sprinkle with herbs and serve with lemon wedges.

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