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Mussel and Onion Stew

M & M RichardsonThis recipe comes from the web site of M & M Richardson - they sell fresh fish straight to your door. What I love about this is it gives you the opportunity to buy fresh produce.

This is how they describe themselves:

We are a family owned fresh fish supplier situated on the Dungeness Point in Kent, England. We have been an established name in the area for over one hundred and fifty years. Our fresh fish is caught from the premier fishing grounds in the English Channel, by local Dungeness boats.

Delivery - all our products are freshly packed and delivered express next day delivery, Tuesday to Friday, to your home or bussiness.

Preparation - all our fish are cleaned, gutted and inspected at sea, to ensure that you only recieve the finest produce, which we can prepare and fillet to your own requirements.


2 kg (4 1/2 lb) fresh Mussels
150 ml 1/4 pint) dry white wine
25g (1 oz) butter
2 large chopped onions
25g (1 oz) plain flour
300 ml 1/2 pint) Milk
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp single cream


Wash the mussels thoroughly under running cold water, then scrape off any barnacles with a small, sharp knife. Cut off the fibrous beards that protrude from between the shells. Wash in several changes of water. Discard any that are or do not close when tapped sharply with a knife.

  • Put the wine in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the mussels, cover and cook over a high heat for 3 - 4 minutes or until the mussels open, shaking the pan occasionally.
  • Discard any mussels that have not opened. Drain the mussels, reserving the juice. Remove the mussels from the shells.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and lightly fry the onions for 5 minutes, until soft but not coloured.
  • Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually add the milk and the mussel cooking liquid, stirring, until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth. Simmer for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Return mussels to the pan with the parsley and cream. Reheat gently.

Serve with crusty bread.

Serves 4

M & M Richardson