Stuffed Mussels (Midye Dolma)

Stuffed Mussels (Midye Dolma)
08 May 2024

In Turkey, stuffed mussels are prepared with rice stuffing and a variety of seasonings. Additionally, this delicacy is enjoyed throughout Europe. Since it is rich in protein and iron, it is among the foods that support muscle development. In addition to strengthening the tissues, it also has a positive effect on eyesight. Stuffed mussels, which are usually sold in the streets, are one of the most popular types of seafood. How to make stuffed mussels? If your ingredients are ready, we can start the recipe for stuffed mussels with homemade sauce.

How Many Calories is 1 Portion of Stuffed Mussels?

A portion of stuffed mussels prepared with standard ingredients is approximately 85 calories.

Prep Time : 40 mins
Cook time : 30 mins
Servings : 12 People
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Stuffed Mussels (Midye Dolma)


  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 50 shelled mussels
  • 1 cup olive oil

For the seasoned rice:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 6 onions
  • 2 tbsp pine kernel
  • 3 tbsp currants
  • 4 sugar cubes
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 130 ml olive oil
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 2 tsp salt
Stuffed Mussels (Midye Dolma)


  1. First, scrub and clean the top of the mussels. Without separating the shells, open the ends of the mussels with the tip of a knife.
  2. Remove the feathery parts with your hands, and soak the shells in a bowl of water for 15 minutes. Drain, wash, and set aside.
  3. Soak the rice in warm, salted water for 20 minutes. Then drain and wash with plenty of water. Clean and finely chop the onions.
  4. Sift and wash the currants, soak them in warm water, and drain. Put the pine kernels in a frying pan and roast them until they turn yellow.
  5. Heat 1 cup of olive oil in a pot. Add the onion and fry it. Add the rice and roast over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring from bottom to top.
  6. Add the pine kernels and currants, and stir. Add 2 cups of hot water, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, allspice, and sugar, and continue stirring.
  7. Cook on low heat so that the rice stays solid. Add the chopped dill, take it off the stove, and rest it for 20 minutes.
  8. Take one of the mussels and fill it with a tablespoon of rice. Put the shells on each other and close them. Fill the others in the same way.
  9. Place the mussels in a pot with the larger side down. Drizzle olive oil over them and add 3 cups of hot water. Then cover it with a porcelain plate.
  10. Cook over low heat for 25 minutes. Add lemon juice to the cooked stuffed mussels and place them on a serving plate. Enjoy your meal.
Serving Suggestions

The stuffed mussels pair well with calamari or shrimp stew, which you may serve along with them.

Expert Tips
  • To prevent the mussel meat from being raw, keep it in water. In this way, the shells will open more easily.
  • For the mussels to be soft, the feathers inside should be removed at the beginning of the recipe.
  • For the filling, you can add your favorite spices to the rice.
  • You can get a more aromatic taste by grating the onions you will use in the recipe.
  • The most important point to consider when filling the mussels is that the rice should be cold.

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