Dairy Farmers of Canada

Mussels with Cheddar & Ale

Our dietitians' favourite

These are hearty, comforting flavours that meld into a sauce with pleasantly surprising complexity, given its few ingredients. Serve with the same beer you use in the recipe for a perfect pairing experience.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 5 min - 10 min
Yields 4 servings
mussels with cheddar ale


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 2 French shallots chopped
  • 1 bottle (341 mL) amber ale
  • 2 1/4 lbs (1 Kg) mussels scrubbed clean
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) Canadian Sharp Cheddar shredded
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh parsley chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
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In a large saucepan, melt butter at medium-high heat and sauté shallots. Deglaze with beer and reduce by half.

Add mussels, cover and let cook about 5 min, until mussels are all open (discard any that don’t open). Remove mussels from saucepan and reserve in a serving dish.

Add shredded Cheddar and cornstarch to saucepan while stirring. When thickened, add fresh parsley and pepper. Pour sauce over mussels and serve immediately.


Canadian Cheese alternatives: Swiss cheese, Provolone, Gouda.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 359 Calories
Protein: 29 g
Carbohydrate: 12 g
Fat: 18 g
Fibre: 0.3 g
Sodium: 698 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 28 % / 308 mg
Iron: 51 %
Phosphorus: 48 %
Selenium: 159 %
Vitamin B12: 1006 %