Valencian-Style Mussels

by0| PUBLISHED Mar 6, 2007 5:00 AM
Valencian-Style Mussels
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In Spain, it is common for a bar to be known for a single variety of tapas; we found this one at Valencia's Bar Pilar.

Yield: serves 2-4


  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (preferably a mild Spanish olive oil)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> tsp. sweet Spanish paprika
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub>-2 lb. mussels, debearded and scrubbed


  1. Put 2 cups cold water, lemon juice, olive oil, bay leaves, sweet Spanish paprika, and cayenne into a large pot with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add mussels, cover, and give pot a few shakes to mix mussels and liquid together. Steam mussels over high heat, shaking pot once or twice, until shells open, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Discard any shells that do not open. Divide mussels and broth between two warm serving bowls (or four, depending on the number of diners), discarding bay leaves.