Mike’s Drunken Mussels


Shying away from the typical tomato or wine based steamed mussel recipe? This one features tequila and lime and it as easy as 1..2..3 to prepare! Serve right away with some crusty Italian bread to soak up the juice.

Original recipe makes 4 servings


1 teaspoon cooking oil
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup water
1 lime, juiced
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers
2 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • PREP

    30 mins

  • COOK

    10 mins


    40 mins


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook red pepper and onion in oil, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in tequila, water, lime juice, fresh pepper and jalapenos. Bring to a boil, and dump in the mussels. Sprinkle the cilantro over the mussels, and cover with a tight fitting lid. Allow to steam for 3 to 4 minutes, or until all mussels have opened (discard any that don’t).


Calories: 132 kcal
Carbohydrates: 5.7 g
Cholesterol: 18 mg
Fat: 1.8 g
Fiber: 1.3 g
Protein: 7.4 g
Sodium: 174 mg