Weeknight Bistro-Style Moules et Frites

Did you know mussels are an easy weeknight meal option that’s budget-friendly and cooks in mere minutes? Add a side of shoestring fries for a classy-but-casual dinner. Canadian beer and a splash of cream amp up the garlicky steaming liquid — be sure to have lots of crusty bread on hand to soak up every delicious drop!

  • Prep time: 8 minutes

  • Cook time: 15 minutes

  • Primary ingredient: Mussels

  • Serves: 4 servings

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  • 900 g (2 lb) Canadian mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
  • 4 cups (900 grams / 2 lb) frozen French fries
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1 bottle (330 mL) Canadian brown ale
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) whipping cream (35%)
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) cornstarch
  • Garnish:
  • Green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Cook fries according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan, seasoning with salt and pepper; cook, stirring often, until fragrant and softened, about 1 minute. Add beer; bring to boil. Cook until reduced by half; about 6 minutes.

  3. Add mussels to pan (discard any that don’t close when tapped); reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and steam until mussels open; 5–7 minutes. Discard any that remain closed.

  4. With a slotted spoon, remove mussels to serving bowls. Stir together cream and cornstarch; stir into cooking liquid. Cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened; about 1 minute. Pour evenly over mussels.

  5. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve mussels with fries.

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Health Benefits of Mussels

  • Vitality & Growth: Mussels are an excellent source of Vitamin B12, aiding energy metabolism and red blood cell formation while also supporting tissue formation.
  • Bone Health & Immunity: As a source of Vitamin A, C and E, mussels may aid bone and tooth development, help maintain healthy skin, and contribute to the normal function of the immune system.
  • Antioxidant Powerhouse: As an excellent source of selenium and a good source of zinc, mussels deliver antioxidants that defend against oxidative stress and have a factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation.