Nouvelle-Aquitaine: genuine La Rochelle mouclade recipe with traditional-style curried bouchot mussels

Christopher Coutanceau, three-star chef at the restaurant of the same name in La Rochelle, offers you a simple recipe of chef who highlights one of the flagship products of the Atlantic coast: the bouchot mussels. Conviviality and greediness are at the rendezvous!


For 8 people

Bouchot mussels

  • 4 kg bouchot mussels
  • 750 g white wine
  • 3 chopped shallots
  • 1 branch of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 g butter

Traditional-style curried mouclade sauce

  • 250 g Echiré thick cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. curcuma powder
  • 100 g butter
  • 90 g flour

Preparation of the recipe Mouclade

Cooking the mussels

Sweat the shallots with 10 g of butter in a covered casserole. Add the thyme, bay leaf and white wine. Bring to the boil, then add the mussels and cover. Cook until all the mussels are fully-opened. Drain and save the cooking juice, filter it with a strainer into another casserole.

The mouclade sauce

Make a white roux in a casserole by stirring the butter and flour and cooking on low heat. Leave to cool. Infuse the cream, curry, curcuma and lemon juice at ambient temperature. Pour the mussel juice over the roux, leave to cook until it thickens. Add the infused cream, then pour through a conical muslin strainer.

Finishing off and presentation

Shell the mussels but keep the half-shell where the mollusc is attached, line them up in a flat sauté dish (made of copper if possible) and cover with the boiling sauce. Serve immediately.


Christopher Coutanceau: an advocate of sustainable fishing and “anti-waste”, he strives every day in his restaurant, crowned with two prestigious Michelin stars, to ennoble the products the ocean offers him. Sustainable Gastronomy (External link) Prize, awarded for the first time ever by the Michelin Guide in 2019. (External link)

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