Cockle and Mussel Soup

Preparation info
  • serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
Darina Allen's Simply Delicious Suppers

By Darina Allen

Published 2001

  • About

Molly Malone, after whom the song was named, was a famous Dublin fishmonger. Among other things she sold, ‘cockles and mussels, alive, alive-o’.


  • 1.8–2.3 kg cockles
  • 1.8–2.3 kg mussels
  • 450 ml


Wash the cockles and mussels in several changes of cold water checking that they are all tightly shut. Put the wine, shallots, parsley, bay leaf, thyme, fennel and garlic into a wide stainless steel saucepan and add the cockles and mussels. Cover and cook over a gentle heat for a few minutes, stir frequently and as soon as the shells start to open pick them out. Remove the cockles and mussels f