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Carrabbas Mussels in White Wine Sauce

You can make Carrabbas Mussels in White Wine Sauce at home. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Carrabbas Recipes, Keto, Low Carb
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 237 kcal
Author San Antonio Express News


  • 4 cups mussels
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons pernod (licorice- flavored liqueur from France)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter start with 4 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onion chopped
  • 6 talblespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine


  1. Soak mussels in cold water for several minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and remove "beard" (the little tuft of fibers protruding from the shell), either with a sharp knife or by pulling on it with a damp cloth. Rinse mussels again in cold water. Heat olive oil in a 10-inch skillet; add mussels. Cover with another 10-inch skillet or lid and cook until shells begin to open, about 2 minutes. Remove top and add onion and garlic and toss. Cover pan again and cook for 1 minute. Remove top and add Pernod, basil, lemon juice and lemon butter sauce. Return to flame for 30 to 45 seconds with top off skillet. Discard any mussels that did not open. Serve in a deep bowl. LEMON  Simmer 2 to 3 minutes to reduce liquid. Remove from heat and swirl in cold butter until sauce is smooth and emulsified.

Butter Sauce Recipes

  1. BUTTER SAUCE: 2 tablespoons clarified butter (you'll need about 1/2 stick butter; directions follow) 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons dry white wine Kosher salt White pepper 2 tablespoons cold butter To clarify butter: Melt 1/2 stick butter over low heat. When melted, remove from heat and set aside for several minutes to allow the milk solids to settle to the bottom. Skim the clear (clarified) butter from the top and discard sediment. (This can be done ahead.) To make sauce: Heat clarified butter, add onion and garlic and saute until transparent. Add lemon juice and white wine and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts
Carrabbas Mussels in White Wine Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 221mg 9%
Potassium 276mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 15.6%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.