"If you don't cook with mussels, you should! They're cheap, easy, and soooo delicious." —Rach


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary


This recipe originally appeared in our Winter/Spring 2022 issue. Get the magazine here.


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  • Rinse the mussels in a colander and gently shake. Discard any open mussels. Pat halibut dry, then squeeze lemon juice over it and season with salt and pepper. Preheat broiler.

  • In a large, deep lidded skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter with EVOO. Once butter is melted, add halibut and cook until brown and crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook 1 minute more, then transfer to a plate. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme, oregano, and chile paste and season with salt, stirring for 2 minutes. Pour in vermouth or wine and simmer until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, and mussels. Cover and cook until mussels open, 5 to 7 minutes. Discard any mussels that didn't open. Stir in basil. Gently nestle halibut into pot and reduce heat to low. Cook until fish is warmed through, about 1 minute.

  • Lay bread on baking sheet and broil until evenly charred, 1 to 2 minutes, rotating sheet if needed. Drizzle EVOO over the bread and sprinkle with parsley and flaky sea salt. Slice into large chunks.

  • Take the pot and the bread to the table. Serve family-style along with a green salad.