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Blue Mussels

Blue Mussels

From appetizers to mains, there are endless possibilities with blue mussels! As well as being tasty, they are also nutritious and easy to cook. Here are some tips and ideas to enjoy more of this Canada-grown seafood.


Mussels are bivalves and filter feeders. They can be found in cold and temperate marine waters. In Canada, the majority of mussel farms are found in Prince Edward Island, although there are some also in Quebec.

Culinary tips and advice

You can find fresh mussels in your Metro's seafood section.

  • Mussels can be prepared in many interesting ways; most often, they are cooked in chowder, meunière (butter and lemon juice), à la poulette (white stock, lemon, butter and parsley) and à la diable (spicy)
  • Mussels are also delicious broiled, au gratin, sautéed, deep-fried, grilled en brochette, stuffed or marinated
  • They make wonderful appetizers, salads and a tasty ingredient in omelettes

Expert Tip

Make sure to discard any open mussels that do not close when tapped; this indicates that they are dead and no longer edible.

Nutritional value

The blue mussel is very rich in Vitamin B, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and Vitamin B12. Mussels provide a generous amount of phosphorus, iron and zinc.

Storage life

Fresh mussels should be prepared as soon as possible after purchase.

 Refrigerator (4°C/40°F)Freezer (-18°C/0°F)
Fresh mussels with shellsCheck expiration date -
Fresh shelled musselsCheck expiration date 3 months