Nutritional benefits of mussels

Mussels are a delicious and healthy option for when you’re looking to mix up your seafood menu. 

Raw mussel meat in a small bowl

If you love eating seafood but stick mainly to oysters and prawns, it’s time to add mussels to your menu. They’re rich in important nutrients such as protein, iron and zinc, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and also contain vitamins B2 and B12, and minerals phosphorus, selenium and iodine, says Simone Austin, an accredited practising dietitian and author of Eat Like an Athlete (Hardie Grant Books).

“As a bonus, mussels are extremely good for the environment, acting as filter feeders by surviving off the nutrients in their surrounding environment,” she says. The easiest way to cook mussels is by steaming them in a pot with white wine, olive oil and garlic or chilli. 

Or, for another tasty way to use mussels, try this easy tray bake below.

Mussel tray bake

Loaded with flavour and ready in less than 30 minutes, this one-pan mussel tray bake really is as easy as it gets.