Belgian-Style Steamed Mussels on the Grill

June 17, 2014

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Often served alongside frites (or fries), mussels are so popular in Belgium that they are considered one of the country’s national dishes.  Today we’re firing up the grill for one of my favorite methods of preparing mussels – grilled in a foil packet along with a flavorful combination of Belgian beer, butter and lemon.

Foil Packet Mussels

Foil Packet Grilled mussels with Belgian Beer, Lemon, and Butter Broth

Grilled Foil Packet Mussels

(serves 4-6)


  • 2 lbs. mussels, scrubbed clean and de-bearded
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Belgian ale
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, halved and cut in to ¼ inch slices
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes


Prepare grill for high heat cooking.  Create a bowl using a double layer of aluminum foil and add all of the ingredients.

Mussels on the Grill

Mussels Steamed on the Grill

Grilling mussels

Grilled mussels with Belgian Beer, Lemon, and Butter Broth

Crimp the top of the foil to create a seal packet.  Place the packet on the grill and allow the mussels to steam for approximately 10 minutes until the shells pop open.  Remove the foil packet from the grill and carefully open the foil to allow the steam to escape.  Pour the mussels, lemon slices and liquid in to bowls and serve immediately.


- Clint Cantwell, Editor

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