Carrabba’s Mussels In White Wine Sauce
30 mins
Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Servings: 2


  • 4  cups mussels
  • 2   Tbsp. extra−virgin olive oil
  • 2   Tbsp. chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 2   Tbsp. Annisette
  • 1-2   Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • ¾  cup Lemon Butter Sauce (recipe follows)
    Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. clarified butter (you’ll need about 1/2 stick butter; directions follow)
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 6 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. dry white wine
  • Kosher salt
  • White pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cold butter


  1. Soak mussels in cold water for several minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and remove “beard” (the little tuft of fibers protruding from the shell), either with a sharp knife or by pulling on it with a damp cloth.
  2. Rinse mussels again in cold water.
  3. Heat olive oil in a 10−inch skillet; add mussels.
  4. Cover with another 10−inch skillet or lid and cook until shells begin to open, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove top and add onion and garlic and toss.
  6. Cover pan again and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Remove top and add pernod, basil, lemon juice and lemon butter sauce.
  8. Return to flame for 30 to 45 seconds with top off skillet.
  9. Discard any mussels that did not open.
  10. Serve in a deep bowl.
  11. Directions For Making Lemon Sauce

    To clarify butter:

    1. Melt 1/2 stick butter over low heat.
    2. When melted, remove from heat and set aside for several minutes to allow the milk solids to settle to the bottom.
    3. Skim the clear (clarified) butter from the top and discard sediment. (This can be done ahead.)
    4. To make sauce:

    5. Heat clarified butter, add onion and garlic and saute until transparent.
    6. Add lemon juice and white wine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
    7. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes to reduce liquid.
    8. Remove from heat and swirl in cold butter until sauce is smooth and emulsified.

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