Moules Frites, my Home Recipe for Mussels Belgian Style

Moules fries recipe picture
Moules frites are Belgian-style mussels with French fries.

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In this article, I present my version of moules frites. The original Belgian-style mussels are served with French fries.

I still have very fond memories of Belgian food since my last visit to Brussels. The fresh mussels were a feast for me! I want to have that at home too.

I don’t like deep-frying in my kitchen. That’s why I prepare the potato side dish in the oven. A homemade mayonnaise is a must at this point. I show you the entire preparation with a cooking video and many step-by-step photos.

Let’s start the preparation and conjure up a fine dish! Have fun and good luck. Feel free to write me a cooking question at the end of the article or get in touch for kitchen gossip.

Mussels with curry and coriander recipe Image by Thomas Sixt.
I’ll show you mussels with curry in another post! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

1. Moules frites Recipe

If you have a deep fryer in the house, you can prepare the potato side dish from fresh potatoes as French fries. I opted for a healthier version: oven roasted potatoes. Below are the step-by-step instructions with photos. I wish you good luck!

Moules frites

Mussels Belgian style, a recipe by chef Thomas Sixt

Servings 2 Persons
Calories 1118
Total Time 40 Min.

I show you how to prepare moules frites step by step in this article with lots of photos and a cooking video. Discover how to prepare mussels the Belgian way. All info here!

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Moules fries recipe picture
Moules frites are Belgian-style mussels with French fries.

Preparation Time

15 Min.

Cook Time

25 Min.

Ingredients

Prepare mussels

1 kg Mussels fresh

Oven roasted potatoes

5 pc Potatoes
1 tsp Salt (I use Fleur de Sel)
6 pinches Pepper black, ground
2 pinches dried chilli pepper
2 pinches thyme
some oliv oil

Mayonnaise

1 tsp hot mustard (I use Dijon mustard)
1 tbs lemon juice (I use the juice of half a lemon)
3 pinches Salt (I use primal salt or Himalayan salt)
2 pinches Pepper
1 pc egg (only the yolk!)
125 ml oliv oil

Mussel stock

1-2 pc carrots
80 g celery
1/4 pc leek
1/4 bunch Parsley
4 pc Garlic clove
1-2 tbs oliv oil
2 grains Allspice
2 pc bay leaves (optional)
2 pc Sugar
100 ml dry white wine (or Prosecco)
200 ml Vegetable broth
50 g butter
3 pinches chilli flakes

Instruction

Prepare mussels

Ingredients for moules fries
Moules fries ingredients

Prepare the ingredients, wash and dry the vegetables and herbs.

Mussels in a bowl
Mussels in a bowl photographed from above.

Wash the mussels several times in cold water and then leave them in cold water.

Jacket potatoes as healthy chips

Cut potatoes
Prepare healthy french fries as baked potatoes. Step picture potatoes cut.

Wash the potatoes and cut them into 2 cm pieces, depending on their size.

Seasoned raw potatoes
Raw spiced potatoes in a bowl.

Season the potatoes with salt, pepper, thyme, chilli and olive oil in a bowl.

Potato pieces seasoned on the baking sheet
raw cut potato pieces on the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the potatoes on a baking tray with baking paper and cook in the oven at 200°C for 35 minutes until crisp.

Prepare Mayonnaise

Ingredients for mayonnaise
Ingredients for homemade mayonnaise photographed on a kitchen board.

Prepare the ingredients for mayo at room temperature. Put the lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in a high mug. Add the egg yolk and whisk with a hand mixer. Slowly whisk in the oil, first drop by drop, then in a thin stream until you have a creamy mayonnaise sauce. Pour the sauce into a bowl and chill.

Prepare mussels

Prepared vegetables
Prepared, sliced vegetables, parsley and garlic.

Peel the carrots and celery and chop them with the leek. Finely chop the parsley, peel and halve the garlic.

Garlic in the pot
Garlic and allspice with olive oil in a saucepan.

Roast the garlic halves in a large pot with allspice.

Caramelize the garlic
Caramelize the garlic in the pot.

Caramelise the garlic with a little sugar.

Sweat the vegetables in a saucepan
Laugh, carrots, garlic cut into small pieces in the pot while sweating.

Add the chopped vegetables and sauté.

Vegetable stock with butter
Refine vegetable stock with butter Step picture.

Deglaze with white wine and vegetables and bring to the boil, add butter and chilli.

mussels
Mussels photographed on a colander.

Place the mussels in a colander and drain.

Boil mussels
Put the mussels in the prepared vegetable mixture. Step picture

Add the cleaned mussels to the pot and cook with the lid on for 10 -12 minutes.

Cooked mussels
Cooked mussels in a pot with parsley just before serving.

Season the mussels with parsley.

Moules fries recipe picture
Moules frites are Belgian-style mussels with French fries.

Arrange mussels with stock and vegetables on hot plates. Serve with potatoes from the oven and mayonnaise. Enjoy your meal!

Video

2. Nutritional values and calories

3. Discover the speciality of moules frites

The sea creatures come to the table in Belgium with freshly prepared chips. The mussel preparation itself is not very different from the well-known mussels in white wine variant from Italian cuisine.

The crispy fries on the side are a hit! I’ve already had the pleasure of enjoying this dish in Brussels and anyone who goes there should find a decent restaurant and order the mussels.

I had the mussels served in a pot, with chips and mayo. Since it’s hard to get beef fat for frying in Germany, I made oven potatoes for my version.

Mussels and crispy potatoes, that tastes wonderful!

Side dish tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Homemade fries in the bowl
French fries are a Belgian invention. Belgian fries are deep-fried in beef fat and taste exceptionally delicious.

4. Mussels cooking tips

To be honest, I prefer to buy the seafood clean. On the mainland, the goods usually arrive in the shops already quite well and appetisingly prepared.

Nevertheless, look a bit and always wash the mussels well in cold water. Scrape the shells with a knife as needed if there are chalky bits (shells) of sea anemones stuck to the mussels.

Mussels
Mussels photographed in a sieve.

5. How to recognise good and bad mussels?

Here is some information on how to deal with sea creatures when shopping and in your kitchen

5.1 Odour test

When unpacking, please pay attention to the smell: fresh, live mussels smell gently of the sea and seaweed.

If the mussels smell unpleasant, please do not process them. Mussel poisoning is not funny.

5.2 Shell broken

Put the mussels in cold water and wait a few minutes. Sort out mussels with broken shells immediately. The mussels open and close while lying in the water.

5.3 Mussel knock test

Slightly open (1-2 mm) is OK, the mussels should close again when tapped or when lying in cold water. It is important that the mussel is still alive.

5.4 Closed mussels after cooking

Mussels that present themselves with closed shells after cooking are not to be eaten. Mussels that are closed after cooking are not OK and must not be eaten. Please only eat the wide-open mussels!

Please only eat mussels that have been opened after cooking. Closed mussels are not edible.

Chef Thomas Sixt on eating mussels!
Mussels in a bowl
Mussels in a bowl photographed from above.

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