Fine Dining Orange and Saffron Mussel Cream Soup

If you are, just like us, a fan of mussels we will sweep you off your feet with this delicious mussel cream soup. 

mussel cream soup

It’s a quick recipe and you can use the leftovers (if you have some) of moules marinières!

Use the mussel juice and add only 3 ingredients to cook a completely different but mouthwatering dish. 

Saffron is one of the extra ingredients and is known as the most expensive spice on earth. No worries, we are only adding 2 grams, which is enough for the carotenoid inside the saffron, to contribute towards the beautiful yellow colour of the soup. 

If you like, you can substitute the saffron with yellow curry powder. It will slightly change the taste but the dish will still be delicious.

Also read our other recipes with mussels.

Bon appétit!

mussel cream soup

Mussel orange and saffron cream soup

If you are, just like us, a fan of mussels this soup will sweep you off your feet
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Fish & Seafood, Soup
Cuisine International
Servings 2 people
Calories 428 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



For the garnish:


  • To make a roux, melt the butter over a medium heat and stir in the flour. Keep stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  • For the soup, add the mussel juice and the orange juice to the roux, stir well to combine and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cream and the saffron and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Sweat the vegetables for the garnish with a pinch of pepper and salt until tender.
    vegetable julienne
  • Season the soup to taste with the orange zest, salt and pepper. Warm the mussel meat in the soup and serve hot with the garnish.
    mussel cream soup


  • Use salt with moderation because the mussel juice is already salty.
  • A thick version of this soup can be used as a sauce for a pasta dish.
  • If you don’t have a cocotte, use a large, heavy saucepan.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 428kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 36gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 175mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 3448IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
Keyword mussels, orange, saffron
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