Portuguese-Style Mussels with Chorizo and Beer

Kara Masi


  • 2-3 pounds mussels
  • ½ bottle (about 6 ounces) ale, preferably Sagres if you want to be authentic
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ pound Spanish chorizo or linguiça, sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 2 plum tomatoes, crushed (or one 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley or cilantro
  • Salt, to taste
  • Crusty French bread or Portuguese rolls

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by Kara Masi

This is a recipe for steamed mussels that takes me back to the time I spent in Portugal a few years ago and incorporates my love for smoky chorizo and beer.


Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. When the garlic is fragrant, add onion and sausage and brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer; cook for about 2-3 minutes. Pour the beer and mussels into the pot. Shake to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer until the mussels have opened, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and discard any unopened mussels. Season to taste.

Portion out mussels in soup bowls and ladle the sauce over and down into the shells. Garnish with the fresh herbs and serve immediately with lots of crusty bread for sopping up the sauce.


Calories per serving:

510 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 110g 169%
  • Carbs 75g 25%
  • Saturated 27g 134%
  • Fiber 4g 17%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 56g
  • Polyunsaturated 15g
  • Protein 167g 335%
  • Cholesterol 417mg 139%
  • Sodium 4,729mg 197%
  • Calcium 384mg 38%
  • Magnesium 452mg 113%
  • Potassium 4,693mg 134%
  • Iron 48mg 269%
  • Zinc 23mg 152%
  • Phosphorus 2,523mg 360%
  • Vitamin A 628µg 70%
  • Vitamin C 130mg 216%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 182%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 169%
  • Niacin (B3) 26mg 132%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 81%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 555µg 139%
  • Vitamin B12 138µg 2,306%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 13mg 65%
  • Vitamin K 162µg 203%
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