Sailboat Galley – Impepata di cozze

Imperata di cozze peppered mussels is a traditional food in Naples that is easy to make as well as delicious. All you do is steam the mussels open and serve them with a grind of fresh pepper and the liquid released while they cook.

Imperata f plural imperative a food item in which the main ingredient is heavily peppered. In almost all regions of Southern Italy, you’ll find grilled ocean-fresh seafood, such as fish fried in olive oil. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s “boot,” features hearty seafood dishes such as stewed or grilled mussels, octopus, and fish.

Shellfish can concentrate Vibrio as they feed and if the shellfish are eaten raw these bacteria can make you ill. Eating raw or undercooked shellfish when Vp. bacteria at high levels can cause flu-like symptoms known as gastroenteritis (diarrhea, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills.

OceanWaveSail Galley-Impepata di cozze

Prep Time

45 mins

Cook Time

5 mins

Total Time

50 mins


4 sailors



How to prepare it:

  • Start by cleaning the mussels. First make sure they are all closed: discard those that are broken or open. Then remove any barnacles with a small knife 1 and pull out the hairy beard 2 that may stick out of the shell. Finally, scrape off the impurities with a clean scourer or stiff brush 3.
  • Rinse them thoroughly and move to the stove 4. Heat a very large pot, put in the mussels 5 and add the black pepper immediately (it is better to grind the pepper when needed, as you will obtain a more aromatic and intense taste) 6.
  • Close with the lid and let the mussels 7 completely open. Occasionally shake the pot to stir. It will take 3-4 minutes 8. At the end of cooking, remove the lid and place lemon slices and chopped parsley on serving plates. Your peppered mussels are ready: enjoy your meal 9!

Storage is not recommended.


If you prefer, you can add a few tomatoes to the mussels and enjoy a delicious sauce!

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