Cooking and Storage Instructions

New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels Preparation, storage & handling

New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels are convenient and easy to prepare. They are well suited to many types of preparations including, sauté, frying, baking, steaming, broiling, stewing and grilling.

Preparing Frozen Half Shell New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels

If frozen, New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels should be thawed before cooking.

Quick thawing provides the best method and can be achieved by running cold water over mussels for 10 minutes, moving them around to ensure all are properly defrosted.

Conventional thawing can be achieved by placing mussels or sealed bag in the refrigerator for 5-8 hours. Drain off excess liquid.

If New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels are not to be heated; minimum thawing produces a tender, succulent result.

Cooking Methods

Care should be taken not to overcook New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels with the best results achieved when cooked until just heated through.


Set the half shell mussels on to a baking tray. Place into the oven (approx 160°C/320°F) and allow to bake for approx 5-7 minutes, or until all the mussels are evenly hot.


Place the half shell mussels with topping of choice under a hot grill (or bake in a hot oven 180 °C / 350 °F). The amount of cooking time will vary depending on the topping, however as an indication should take around 2 – 5 minutes.

Mussel Storage Instructions

Refrigerator compartments and freezers with star markings:

(-6°C): 1 week
(-12°C): 1 month
(-18°C): see best before date
(-18°C): see best before date

Storing Method

New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels must not be over-thawed, refrozen or left sitting in their own juices or water. Once thawed use New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels immediately.

Frozen New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels will retain their quality for up to twelve months if stored at or below 0°F (-18°C).



Must be kept frozen to maintain safety. This product is heat shocked not cooked and persons who are pregnant, immune compromised or suffer from allergies should either avoid this product or cook it properly before consumption.

This product does not need to be cooked before consuming.



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