Half Shell Mussels in White Wine and Butter Sauce

photo(268)You know you’re in a Filipino home when you see either a giant spoon and folk wood carving or a painting of the Last Supper hanging on the wall of the dining room. But Philippine-made handicraft and decor come in many other forms, including framed artwork or even table lamps made of different kinds of sea shells.  It goes without saying that for a country surrounded by water, shell fish abound in its more than 7,000 islands. Among the more popular shell fish are the Manila clams and mussels.  They’re quite inexpensive and are popular ingredients in Filipino cuisine. Got mussels? Here’s a quick and easy recipe that you will most certainly enjoy, along with your steamed rice or your sourdough bread.


1 lb mussels in half shell, fresh or frozen

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tbsps butter

2 tbsps Olive oil

1 cup white wine

1/2 tsp dried thyme

2 cups baby spinach

Salt and pepper to taste


In a large wok of sauce pan, heat Olive oil and butter over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and saute until golden brown.  Add onions and cook until tender. Add white wine, mussels and thyme.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover wok or pan and continue cooking for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat and add spinach to steam.  Serve warm in a serving dish.


One thought on “Half Shell Mussels in White Wine and Butter Sauce

  1. These days, I went towards the beach with my kids. I discovered a sea shell and gave it to my four year previous daughter and stated “You can hear the ocean if you place this to your ear.” She place the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab within and it pinched her ear. She never desires to go back! LoL I understand this is totally off subject but I needed to inform somebody!


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