Curried Mussels

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I first fell in love with mussels years ago in France. Now, more and more, they’re one of my go-to quick weeknight foods. Mussels cook up super fast, they produce a flavorful broth with very few added calories, they’re at the top of the A-list in terms of sustainable seafood and, as if that’s not enough, they’re economical too. So when you need a fast, healthy dinner, try this recipe for curried mussels.

Curried Mussels

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Curried Mussels


  1. 2 teaspoons canola oil
  2. 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  3. 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  4. 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 jalapeno, minced
  7. 3/4 cup white wine
  8. 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  9. 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  10. 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  11. 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  12. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


Heat canola oil in a wok or deep sided pan over medium-high heat. Sauté scallions, ginger, curry paste, garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute, until fragrant. Pour in wine and scrape up anything stuck to the bottom of the pan. Boil for 4 minutes, until reduced by a third. Add coconut milk and fish sauce, and bring to a boil.

Add mussels, cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until mussels have opened, shaking pan occasionally.

Sprinkle cilantro and lime juice over top and serve.

Note: My ‘maman’ in France taught me how to eat mussels and I still use her technique to this day. After you eat your first mussel, use the shell (like a pair of mini tongs) to pinch the meat from the others.


Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


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  • gaga

    Wow, those look beautiful. What a wonderful way to prepare mussels!

  • Lia Huber

    I just had leftovers for lunch today too, and they’re as good chilled (almost) as they are fresh out of the pan. I’m always looking for fun picnic dishes, and I think I’ll pull this one out next spring. Enjoy!

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