Definition of moules marinière in English:

moules marinière

(also moules à la marinière)

plural noun

  • Mussels served in their shells and cooked in a wine and onion sauce.

    • ‘We fell upon our potted shrimps and moules marinière with little slurpings, gasps and squeals of delight.’
    • ‘Cook the clams in wine as described in the recipe for moules à la marinière until the shells open (you can use ½ wine / ½ water, or all water for a more economical dish).’
    • ‘My foodie partner-in-crime had moules marinière from the starter menu as a main course.’
    • ‘I did manage 472 pieces of sushi, seven bowls of moules marinière (two of which came up again), and 3.7kg of salmon, (which didn't).’


French, literally ‘mussels in the marine style’.


moules marinière

/ˌmuːl marɪnˈjɛː/