Curried Coconut Mussels

July 12, 2010 by Katie  
Filed under Appetizers, Featured Recipes, Seafood

It’s not very often that I get the pleasure of cooking for my loved ones.  Jason and I live such hectic, full-to-the-brim, jam-packed lives that it’s hard to find time to treat my family and friends to a home-cooked meal.  So when I found out my mom was going to be in town dog-sitting for my brother last week, I jumped at the opportunity to spoil her!  She’s been so supportive of my culinary passion and I think it’s safe to say it has rubbed off on her a little too.  I wanted to make something I knew she wouldn’t normally make herself, in hopes of exciting her taste buds a bit. We just ate these curried mussels out of the bowl with a chunk of bread to soak up the broth.  This would be equally delicious over a bed of rice.  Or if you’re not a fan of mussels, try it with shrimp!

coconut curry mussels

I love cooking shellfish like mussels and clams because you can do it all in one pot (easy clean-up!) and it will all come together in just 10-15 minutes.  In Seattle, we’re blessed to have incredibly fresh, meaty mussels from Penn Cove which is just a short drive from where I live.  If you’ve never cooked mussels before, don’t worry!  Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Buy them fresh the day you plan to eat them, if possible.  Keep them cool on ice until you’re ready to cook.
  • Rinse and scrub them lightly to get rid of any barnacles or loose shell fragments.
  • Pull off the “beard” (the fibers that attach a mussel to a rock).
  • If any mussels don’t open during cooking, don’t eat them.

Curried Coconut Mussels

Serves 4

2lbs of fresh mussels, cleaned

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

generous pinch of salt and pepper

2 tablespoons of curry powder

1 teaspoon of lemongrass, minced (optional, see note below)

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 cup of coconut milk

2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro

1 lime cut into wedges

In a large, deep pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.  Saute the onion until translucent.  Add the garlic, salt and pepper, curry powder, and lemongrass and saute for another 1-2 minutes.  If the garlic starts to turn brown, pull the pan off the burner and lower the heat immediately. Once the mixture is fragrant, add in the tomatoes and coconut milk.  Simmer for about 5 minutes so the flavors begin to meld together.

Add the mussels to the pot and cover with the lid.  Simmer, covered for about 8-10 minutes or until all the mussels have popped open.  Discard the mussels that didn’t open.  Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and a light squeeze of lime juice.  Serve with rice or bread.

curried coconut mussels

**For lemongrass, peel off the tough outer “leaves” on the lemongrass stalk until you get to the tender interior.  You’ll have to dig deep and you’ll only get a little bit per stalk.

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Comments

48 Responses to “Curried Coconut Mussels”
  1. Lexie McFeron says:

    These were truly a treat. I’m a big fan of curry, and the flavor was great with the very tender mussels. You’re right, this is not something I would have ever tried. But after watching you prepare them I know I could do it. It’s a joy to watch you follow your dreams, and we are very proud of you. I can be your taste tester anytime. Love, mom

  2. Oh, curried mussels. One of my favorite flavor combinations. What a lucky mom!

  3. Katie says:

    When I first read your comment I thought you said it was your favorite “color” combination : ) True, they are both beautiful and yummy! Next time I’m going to make it with mussels, clams and shrimp!

  4. Meredith says:

    This looks heavenly! I’ve been looking for a recipe for mussels! Thanks.

  5. Katie says:

    Thanks Meredith! I’m a big fan of all your recipes, keep ‘em coming!

  6. sweetlife says:

    great recipe, I love mussels and the combo of curry-lemongrass-cilantro-coc milk great flavros to blend..yum

    sweetlife

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