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Chilean Gratinated Mussels Recipe
Chilean Gratinated Mussels Recipe

Delicious recipe for mussels (choritos) cooked in steam and then gratinated with a layer of cheese, undoubtedly a must-have in simple and tasty Chilean cuisine.

How to make gratinated mussels?

When preparing gratinated mussels or “choritos,” the key is to have fresh and well-sized products that will allow us to later assemble all the ingredients properly.

Nutritional Information

Category: Appetizers
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 250
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Gratinated Mussels Recipe


  • 500 g of mussels
  • 100 g of breadcrumbs
  • 100 g of butter
  • 500 g of coarse salt
  • 50 g of grated buttery cheese
  • One teaspoon of fresh parsley
  • Fresh herbs to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with 3 centimeters of water and cook the mussels.
  2. Drain the water and remove the upper shells, separating the mussel from the lower shell, removing the rubbery edge.
  3. In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, fresh herbs, and grated cheese.
  4. On a baking tray, spread the salt on the base and place one shell for each mussel so that they do not move during cooking.
  5. Place one mussel in each shell and cover with the breadcrumb and cheese mixture, drizzling each one with melted butter. Place in the oven and gratinate at 220°C (428°F) for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Serve the gratinated mussels immediately and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Cleaning and washing mussels

Benefits of consuming mussels

Mussels are an excellent source of high-quality protein, which is essential for muscle repair, growth, and overall body function.

Are packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins (B12, B6, B9) and minerals (iron, zinc, selenium), which contribute to overall health, including improved immune function and better heart health.

Did you know?

Mussels, “choritos,” “choros,” or “quilmahues” are a filter-feeding bivalve mollusk of the Mytilidae family that is distributed along the Pacific Ocean coast from Callao in Peru to the Beagle Channel in Chile.


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