Mussels with wheat beer bacon

Mussels with wheat beer and bacon

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Check out these mussels with wheat beer and bacon. Our recipe is low in calories, it uses beer instead of white wine and bacon gives the dish a real smoky flavour. Serve with crusty bread as a starter or as a main meal



  • olive oil
  • smoked bacon lardons 100g
  • garlic 2 cloves, thinly sliced
  • wheat beer 300ml, such as Erdinger
  • mussels 1kg, cleaned and bearded
  • flat-leaf parsley a handful, chopped
  • bread to serve


  • Step 1

    Heat a splash of olive oil in a large pan with a lid. Add the bacon and cook until crisp.

  • Step 2

    Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the beer and bring to a simmer.

  • Step 3

    Check the mussels and discard any that don’t close when tapped on a worksurface.

  • Step 4

    Tip in the mussels, put on a lid and cook until all the mussels have opened. (Discard any shells that stay closed).

  • Step 5

    Shake the pan now and again to redistribute the heat.

  • Step 6

    Stir in the parsley and serve in warm bowls with bread.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 293
  • Fat 15g
  • Saturates 4.8g
  • Carbs 4.6g
  • Sugars 3.4g
  • Fibre 0.6g
  • Protein 27.1g
  • Salt 2.4g