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Cheesy Garlic Mussels

These Cheesy Garlic Mussels are baked and smothered in a garlicky butter sauce. Serve this simple yet elegant dish for your next dinner party! 
Course Appetizers, Dinner
Cuisine Seafood
Keyword Cheesy Garlic Mussels
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2 Pounds Fresh Mussels
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 8 Cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch cube Fresh Ginger sliced
  • 1 Cup Medium or Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ Tsp. Dried Thyme
  • Tsp. Cayenne Powder
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Fresh Parsley minced for garnishing
  • *Water for boiling


  • Clean mussels by brushing the outer shell and washing with cold running water. Remove the dark hairy parts!
  • Boil a pot of water with ginger. ( Make sure it's enough water to soak the fresh mussels)
  • Add mussels and boil for one to two minutes.
  • Drain water.
  • Separate the shells of mussels - discard the empty shells.
  • Transfer the mussel meat with shell to a tray lined with lightly greased foil.
  • Any mussels that did not open when boiled, opt to discard them.
  • In a skillet, melt butter over low heat and fry garlic until slightly golden.
  • Turn off the heat and add dried thyme and cayenne powder.
  • Spoon garlic-butter mixture over mussels.
  • Season with ground black pepper.
  • Top with grated cheddar cheese.
  • Bake mussels in a preheated oven of 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley.
  • Serve & enjoy!