I have to tell you that if you have not tried mussels in the air fryer, you are truly missing out. They are so easy, and the clean-up is minimal. Today, I made a twist on my regular mussels and tried Air Fryer Classic French Mussels.
If you have never prepared seafood in your air fryer, you are missing out. The air fryer does a great job at air-frying the seafood or steaming it.
What Are Mussels?
Before we describe what French Mussels are, I thought I should explain mussels to you. If you have never had a mussel, they are usually sold in netting in the grocery store. So, you buy a whole bag of them to bring home. They are not very expensive.
Mussels look a lot like clams and oysters. The shape of the mussel is usually longer, though. They are found in saltwater. They are generally blueish-black in color. On the inside, you will find a cream-colored peach color meat.
What Are Air Fryer Classic French Mussels?
All it means is that the mussels are steamed with garlic, shallots, parsley, white wine, butter, and cream. This is the usual way to receive mussels if you are in France, hence the term Classic French Mussels.
- Minced garlic
- Unsalted butter
- Dry white wine
- Heavy cream
Easy Step By Step Instructions, Air Fryer Classic French Mussels-
- Start by pouring your Mussels into a large mixing bowl, and mix in the garlic, butter, white wine, and heavy cream.
- Pour the mussels onto the rack or into the basket.
- Set the temperature to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, toss them, or shake the basket. And set for another 5 minutes.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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Here are some Tips For Making This recipe-
- Buy a great quality mussel.
- Use an excellent quality butter, and I use Kerrygold.
- Use a dry white wine you would like to drink since the flavor comes out when air frying these.
How To Store The Mussels.
When you get them home, unwrap them from the store packaging, set them into a bowl, and place them in the refrigerator. YOu do not need to store them in water. Just cover the mussels with a cold kitchen towel.
They are best eaten the same day they are purchased.
How Can I tell if Mussels Are Good?
So, you bought your mussels, and now you are sorting through them, ready to cook. How do you tell if they are any good? Good question. Give a good tap on the open mussel. If they open, they are good. If they do not move, they are dead. Dispose of them.
How To Clean The Mussels
Cleaning the mussels is very easy. The critical thing to remember is they are saltwater creatures, so adding water to them will kill them. Most of the mussels purchased in the grocery store will not have much grit/sand. So this is not an issue.
Run the mussels under cold water, and use a soft brush to clean their shells.
Remove the beard, which is a long stringy part of the shell. To remove it, either use kitchen shears or pull it off with your hands, but be careful to pull it in the direction of the shell. Otherwise, you will kill them. I trim it with scissors, which I find much more effortless.
How To Serve Mussels
I usually do not make a big dinner when I make mussels. I simply serve it alongside a piece of garlic bread.
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Don’t Forget To Pin Air Fryer Classic French Mussels—
Classic French Mussels, they sound complicated but are really one of the easiest things you will make in your air fryer. Simply mix a few ingredients together set in your air fryer oven or basket, and within a few minutes, you will have a dinner fit for a king.
- 1 pound mussels
- 2 tablespoons garlic minced
- 4 tablespoons butter melted and unsalted
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Start by pouring your Mussels into a large mixing bowl, and mix in the garlic, butter, white wine, and heavy cream.
Pour the mussels onto the rack or into the basket.
Set the temperature to 400 degrees F, for 5 minutes, after 5 minutes toss them, or shake the basket. And set for another 2 to 5 minutes.
Plate, serve, and enjoy!