Simper’s Deben mussels recipe

5th February 2015

Our Head Chef , Robert Mace, suggests delicious and easy to cook mussels recipe.

Mussels are fantastic their meat is sweet and juicy, they don’t cost a lot, are highly sustainable, and really versatile, what is not to like. I buy mine from Simper’s of Suffolk (Suffolk only mussel farm)

Mussels cooked with bacon, onions and Ale

Serves 4 -6

2kg cleaned mussels

2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced

1 pint/ bottle of Ale (use your preference, although I find Adnams Ghost Ship works well)

500g smoked streaky bacon cut into strips

Small bunch of chopped parsley to finish


Fry the bacon in a little oil, till beginning to crisp up, remove and drain. Add the onions to the pan and cook over a low to medium heat for 10 minutes till they have taken on a good caramel colour.

Add the mussels and turn up to the heat to full, add the beer and cover the pan with a tight lid, shake occasionally. The mussels should all open up within about 3-5 minutes, any that don’t should be discarded as they are not suitable.

Once opened stir through the bacon and parsley and serve in large bowls with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the juice.

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown

Delicious mussels recipe from The Westleton Crown restaurant

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