Baked mussels with butter and cheese

Baked mussels with butter and cheese

The night I made the baked mussels with olive oil, garlic and cheese, my daughter Sam slept through dinner and missed the event. I did set aside some of the baked mussels for her but by the time she got up the following morning, the mussels had spoiled. In the summer heat, that wasn’t surprising. So I promised her I’d make another batch but she should make sure to stay awake for dinner.

Instead of olive oil, I used butter this time. Sam is not a big fan of olive oil and I thought that having missed the previous batch of baked mussels, I’d go all the way and please her so she’d stop feeling bad about what she missed.

Serves 4 to 5.

Ingredients for baked mussels

500 g. of fresh mussels
2 tbsps. of butter
1/2 tsp. of grated garlic
thin slices of your favorite cheese

Follow the instructions on cleaning and preparing the mussels in the previous baked mussels recipe.

Heat the butter gently in a small saucepan just until it melts. Do NOT allow the cream to separate from the oil. Stir in the garlic.

Using a pastry brush, spread a little butter-garlic mixture on each mussel. Top with a slice of cheese. Bake in a preheated 180oC oven for about a minute or just until the cheese melts.

Serve at once.

  • josie

    Sana Ma’m Connie inilagay muna ang baked mussels sa ref para di na spoil? Tapos put na lang sa microwave pag kakainin na? Okey po ba ang suggestion ko? Thanks.

    I always read your blog simply because it’s very interesting and i always picked up a lot of ideas from you.

  • Connie

    I would have done that, Josie, if I was sure she wouldn’t get up until the following morning. But I was anticipating that she might wake up in the middle of the night looking for food.

  • Tiffy

    That looks amazing!

  • soloops

    Ang thoughtful naman ng mommy ni Sam.

  • Cate O’Malley

    11:23 pm and my mouth is totally watering. Definitely making soon.

  • Connie

    Soloops, hehehe she gets grouchy when she’s hungry :razz:

    Cate, I was able to do this at home already but the bread I used (ordinary white loaf) was all wrong. Still delicious though. But I’m getting a better variety of bread and do it again.

  • acdiosanta-cubio

    im definitely making this again!thanks for the recipe..sure tastes good! wish my hubby is here to feast on my cooking…huhuhuhuhu

  • christian

    hi ms. connie. i tried making this one but the result was a bit watery. (it’s my first time to try this, and the baked mac too. the baked mac turns out perfect and my mom loved it. sarap daw magkaroon ng unico hijo. :)) ) thanks!

  • Connie

    Christian, try cooking the mussels a bit longer during the first stage.

  • Audrey

    Hello Connie, thanks for this recipe. Ang sarap. Instead of using a regular cheese, I used gorgonzola cheese (its a little on the pungent side, but it imparts a big flavor in any dishes). Sprinkle a little bit of mozzarela cheese on top, then cook in high heat for 2-3 minutes just to melt the cheese. Thanks Connie for the recipe. Keep up the good work.

    By the way, when will your cookbook be available? Will it be available at Barnes and Noble? Is it only available in Pinas?

    • Connie

      It’s available online. On Tastebook. Print on demand.

  • Pearl

    My sister baked mussels too, except that the cheese didn’t melt like in your photos..Love this site! I should have seen this earlier! =)

  • Krissy

    I love baked mussels too! Can i just use microwave oven instead of oven?

  • Rowena Nañas

    my kids love baked mussels! can i just steam the mussels instead of heating it in the oven to open them up? will these make them watery? thanks!

    • Connie

      Unless you shock them with intensely high heat, the mussel meat will be shrivelled before the shells open.

  • Amy

    What type of cheese did you use in the photo that you provided? Any suggestions on which is the best? I am searching for a good baked mussels recipe cause I love them, but are petrified of cooking them…



    • Connie Veneracion

      Whoa, it’s a 2008 post so I really don’t recall. I’ve always been partial to sharp cheddar though. And Monterey Jack. :)

  • Cara Castillo

    Can i boil the tahong instead of putting it in the oven to pop the shells open? I’m so scared to operate our oven so I stay away as often as I can haha!

    With that said, can I use my turbo broiler or oven toaster to “bake” the tahong with the cheese and all.



    • Connie Veneracion

      Boil the tahong ang you lose its juices into the water.

      A turbo broiler is a small oven. If you can operate that, you can operate an oven. :)