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IPA-Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

India pale ale (IPA) is a strong, hoppy beer with a bitter edge that balances the sweet roasted garlic and mussels. Cilantro is a bit of a surprise, and lends color and brightness. Serve with plenty of bread.


  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 lb. mussels, cleaned
  • 1/2 cup India pale ale, such as Lagunitas or Dogfish Head
  • 1 Tbs. cilantro leaves (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 310
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 130
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 85
  • Sodium (mg): 650
  • Carbohydrates (g): 12
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 28


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Rub the olive oil on the garlic, and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake until the garlic is soft, 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  • Using a serrated knife, halve the garlic crosswise. Squeeze all the cloves out into a small bowl.
  • In a 5- to 6-quart pot, melt 2 Tbs. of the butter over high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the mussels and beer, cover, and cook until the mussels begin to open, about 4 minutes. Uncover, add the remaining butter and cilantro, if using, and cook until all the mussels are open, about 3 minutes more. Serve.


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