Mussels Rockefeller


Rockefeller is traditionally a style of cooking oysters in the half shell with spinach, bread crumbs and butter sauce. I've adopted this method and given my own twist with greenshell mussels and chorizo.

- James


  • 1kg mussels
  • 20mL olive oil
  • 100g chorizo, finely diced
  • 20g butter
  • 50g onion, finely diced
  • 30g garlic, finely chopped
  • 200mL good quality white wine
  • 100mL cream
  • 200g baby spinach
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Parmesan, finely grated


  1. Clean and remove beards from mussels.
  2. Add olive oil to a pan at a medium heat.
  3. Add chorizo and lightly sauté.
  4. Add butter, onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  5. Increase the heat to high and add mussels.
  6. Add white wine and cover with a lid to steam.
  7. Mussels should take 4-8 minutes to open.
  8. Remove mussels as they open to avoid over-cooking.
  9. Once all mussels are removed, add cream and reduce the sauce to thicken.
  10. Separate mussels from shells and discard half of the shells.
  11. Sauté baby spinach for 30 seconds until wilted.
  12. Dry the spinach lightly on kitchen towel and place evenly into remaining shells.
  13. Arrange mussels on the spinach, then spoon sauce and chorizo evenly over the top.
  14. Sprinkle a good coating of Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs over each mussel.
  15. Cook under grill until bread crumbs are golden and the Parmesan has melted.
  16. Serve with wine for 2-4 people.
Mussels Rockefeller