Serves 4 as a starter

Prep time 20 mins


1kg mussels
2 garlic cloves, minced
Parsley, roughly chopped
Lemon zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 red chilli, chopped (optional)
75ml white wine
4 tbsp. butter
crusty bread,


Mix together the garlic, lemon zest, chilli and parsley and set aside. Lay four sheets of tin foil about 50cm long on the kitchen counter. Place cleaned mussels in the centre. Divide the garlic mixture between the four parcels. Bring up opposite edges of foil and seal. Top the mussels with some wine, lemon juice and butter pieces. Fold remaining edges together to completely enclose mussels, leaving space for steam to build up. Place foil packet on the grill rack directly over medium-high heat; grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until shells open. Be careful not to over-cook the mussels. Serve with some good, crusty bread.