Lemon Catalan Mussels Steamed with Garlic and Tomato Sauce

Catalan Mussels Recipe

Mussels are always good and this recipe sees them prepared in the Spanish style, adding vinegar and lemon for a piquant touch, as well as fresh tomatoes, onion and basil to finish off the dish.


  • 1 kg (2 lbs) mussels
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 250g (1/2 lb) ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100ml (2/5 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • Handful fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • Salt


  1. Wash and de-beard the mussels.
  2. Put them in a covered pot over a high heat for a couple of minutes until they open.
  3. Remove and strain.
  4. Take the mussels out of their shells, discarding any that haven’t opened.
  5. Place them in a serving bowl.
  6. Add the cherry tomato halves, onion slices and basil.
  7. Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar and pour over the mussels.
  8. Season and mix well.
  9. Cover the dish and chill overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  10. Serve with salad and flatbread.