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Recipe for In mitulis (Seasoned mussels)

by Apicius IX, IX, 418

Roman food focuses heavily on a few flavors, but the tough part is finding dishes that variy and don’t just lump on the fish sauce, vinegar, and honey.

Original recipe: Liquamen, porrum concisum, cuminum, passum, satureiam, uinum. Mixtum facies aquatius et ibi mitulos coques.

Translation: For mussels: fish sauce, chopped leek, cumin, raisin wine, savory, wine; add water to the mixture and cook the mussels in it.



  • Wash the mussels thoroughly and remove all the sand.
  • Blend all the ingredients in a pot, then cook slowly until the mussels are tender.
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