Spicy Mussels and Clams in White Wine Broth

Spicy Mussels and Clams White Wine Broth

As featured on Palm Springs Life magazine

This dish is so easy to make as well as delicious and sophisticated. The fennel, shallots, and garlic infuse the white wine broth with an amazing flavor. A lot of people can be intimidated by the idea of cooking seafood at home but once you’ve tried this dish, you won’t be anymore!

Spicy Mussels and Clams in White Wine Broth

Yield: 2 servings


– Grape seed oil
– 1 small shallot, minced (approximately 2 tablespoons)
– 1 small fennel bulb, diced (½ to ¾ cup)
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– Coarse sea salt
– Freshly ground pepper
– Pinch of cayenne pepper
– 2 cups of Sauvignon Blanc
– 1½ pounds black mussels
– 1½ pounds manila clams
– 1 lemon
– Olive oil
– 2 teaspoons chives, finely minced
Optional: crostinis for plating


Spicy Mussels and Clams with White Wine Broth

Heat 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil over medium-high heat on a medium deep pan with a lid. Sauté shallots for 1 minute then add fennel and garlic, sauté for 2-3 minutes. Season mixture with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper; cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring with wooden spoon. Add wine and bring to a boil. Bring heat to low and reduce wine by half, for about 6-8 minutes.
Add mussels and clams; cook, covered, until they open (start checking frequently after 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Discard any unopened shells. Serve immediately.


Serve mussels and clams in 2 deep bowls, adding vegetable mixture and wine broth to each. Drizzle each plate with fresh lemon juice with olive oil. Garnish with minced chives and serve with crouton.

5 thoughts on “Spicy Mussels and Clams in White Wine Broth

  1. Hi Alejandra, This looks amazing. I want to eat it right now!! I’m in class tonight & ate a peanut butter & jelly for dinner.

    I was wondering if you ever thought about adding nutritional info to your recipes. I’ve noticed most sites & many healthy chefs have been including them more & more lately.

    Anyway, hope you’re having a good week!


    Sent from my iPhone

    • LEE LEE!! Thanks for the feedback. PB&J sounds yummy too – because I’m sure you made it with the best stuff.
      YES, other readers have also asked me that and I recently found an easy-to-use ‘calculator’ that would allow me to just post the table. I am working on it :)
      Thanks again for your note. See you so soon!

  2. Hola Amiga! Thank you for the recipe. Question: how many servings is this for? ( assuming two, but to make sure before I multiply). Gracias. Carolina ( la chilena!)

  3. Pingback: Spicy Mussels and Clams in White Wine Broth – #healthyrecipe | MBSIB: The Man With The Golden Tongs

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