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Serves :

Preparation Time :
30 minutes

Cooking Time :
20 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Place the wine in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Add the mussels, cover the pan and cook briskly for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the shells open. Discard any that do not open.
  • Transfer the mussels to a bowl and pour the cooking liquid through a fine strainer and reserve it.
  • In a clean saucepan, heat the oil and fry the garlic over gentle heat until golden brown. Add the bay leaves, thyme, vinegar, paprika, lemon juice and rind, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Pour on the wine, add sugar, if using, and bring to the boil.
  • Cook to reduce to about 180 ml / 6 fl oz. Allow to cool completely.
  • Remove the mussels from their shells and add them to the liquid, stirring to coat all the mussels. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Allow to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.


  • 1 kg mussels, well scrubbed
  • 200 ml dry red wine
  • 100 ml sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Pinch sugar
  • Chopped parsley 

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