Cozze al Forno

Cozze al Forno

Baked Mussels

This recipe is popular in many parts of Italy, and is very easy to prepare. It can also be served as a main course: simply increase the quantity of mussels. Because you are cooking with olive oil, the mussels can be eaten hot or cold.

Serves 4

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  • 500g (1 lb 2 oz) fresh mussels (about 12 per person)
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp dry breadcrumbs, or 25g (1 oz) fresh oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Try and choose the biggest and freshest mussels, making sure that they are tightly closed and quite heavy.
  2. Clean the mussels in a sink under running tap water. Throw away any that gape, and do not close when you tap them sharply, or any that float. Place the mussels in a lidded saucepan with about 150ml (5 fl oz) water, cover and bring to the boil. Shake the pan: the steam will open the mussels in a few minutes. (At this point throw away any that have not opened). Put aside to cool.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220 C/425 F/Gas 7.
  4. Next, take off the top half of each shell. Loosen the mussels and arrange the lower shells next to one another in a baking dish. Sprinkle them with the garlic and parsley mixed together, then with the breadcrumbs, and season with salt and pepper. Finally pour a thin trickle of olive oil over each mussel. Then place the dish in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve hot or cold.



74 cal


4 g


6 g


3 g
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