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.

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