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Chilean Homemade Preserved Mussels in Oil Recipe
Chilean Homemade Preserved Mussels in Oil Recipe

This recipe for mussels in oil is a magnificent way to store this delicious mollusk and give it a new value as a preserved ingredient, rested and imparting a lot of personality.

How to make Preserved Mussels?

The main thing in this preparation is, of course, to use fresh and good quality mussels, verifying that their shells are closed before starting the preparation and discarding those that are not.

Nutritional Information

Category: Appetizers
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Mussels in Oil Recipe


  • 2 kg of unopened mussels
  • 400 ml of white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Olive oil


  1. Clean the mussels in cold water with the help of a kitchen brush and discard those that are open.
  2. In a large pot, add the whole mussels, chopped garlic, white wine, paprika, and parsley, cover the pot and cook over high heat for about 3 minutes, turn off the heat, and discard those mussels that have not opened. Let it cool.
  3. Remove the mussels from their shells with the help of a fork, gently, without breaking them apart, and distribute them without pressing into clean and sterilized glass jars.
  4. Fill the jars with olive oil to the top, seal tightly, and store in a cool, dry place until ready to consume.
  5. Serve the mussels in oil alone, as an appetizer, or as an accompaniment to another main dish.

Storing food in oil

Oil protects food by isolating them from the invasion of microorganisms that may affect their properties or preservation, allowing them to remain intact for much longer.

Did you know?

The origin of canning is attributed to the Frenchman Nicolas Appert, who in 1809 invented the technique of hermetic food preservation in glass jars that were sealed with cork and subjected to a water bath.


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