Delicious, affordable and super-easy to cook, mussels are also one of the most sustainable types of shellfish you can buy.

In the current series of Friday Night Feast (Friday, 8pm, Channel 4 in the UK), Jamie and Jimmy are singing the praises of the humble British mussel.

Farmed on ropes in the sea, mussels can be cultivated on a large or small scale. They don’t require any extra feed to grow, they clean the water around them, they take literally four minutes to cook, are nutritious and wonderful to eat… we can’t think of any negatives. They really are little treasures of the shellfish world!

The deliciously sweet and nutty meat is fantastic in a classic white wine and garlic sauce, but don’t forget there are hundreds of other delicious ways to enjoy this versatile treat. Here are 16 amazing mussels recipes to get you started:


Tune in to Friday Night Feast every Friday at 8pm on Channel 4, and for more sustainable cooking inspiration, check out some of these other recipes from the show.

Great choice! Mussels are sustainable, tasty and cheap – a brilliant British shellfish that we should celebrate. Join our Food Revolution!