(Can be served as an appetizer or overtop of pasta)


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin Spanish olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 lbs fresh mussels
  • lemon
  • sea salt
  • black pepper


  1. If your store-bought mussels are not cleaned begin by cleaning them, rinse 1 pound of fresh mussels under cold running water, remove the beard from each mussel and start scrapping off any barnacles or other dirt, as you finish each mussel add them to a bowl.
  2. Thinly slice 5 cloves of garlic, finely dice 1 small onion, finely chop about a 1/4 cup of fresh parsley and cut a couple slices from a lemon.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan with a medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin Spanish olive oil, about 1 minute after adding the oil add the diced onions and slices of garlic and cook for about 5 minutes or until light golden brown, then add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, a 1/4 teaspoon of saffron threads, season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper and mix it all together, then add 1/2 cup of white wine and a generous pinch of the freshly chopped parsley and mix together, about 2 minutes after adding the wine add 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, season again with a kiss of sea salt and mix together until well combined.
  4. About 3 minutes after adding the diced tomatoes add the fresh mussels into the pan, move them around so they are all evenly distributed, place a lid on the pan and lower the fire to a LOW heat, 6 minutes after adding the lid to the pan remove it, all your mussels should be opened, discard any that did not, remove the pan from the stove top and serve directly from the pan, garnish with slices of lemon and freshly chopped parsley, enjoy!

(Sourced from Spain on a Fork)

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