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Impepata di Cozze - Peppered Mussels

Impepata di Cozze

How to make a traditional Neapolitan dish: Impepata di Cozze - Peppered Mussels!

Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 1 kg – 2.2 lbs. mussels cleaned and kept in salty water
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp or more pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Toasted bread to serve


  1. Put the mussels in a bowl filled with salty water and keep them there for a couple of hours to get rid of any residual sand.
  2. Put the extra virgin olive oil and crushed garlic cloves in a big pot and heat them up for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the drained mussels and increase the fire. Let the mussels open by shaking the pot every now and then.
  4. When ready, add the ground pepper and chopped parsley and mix.
  5. Serve with some toasted bread.