Spicy Thai Coconut Steamed Mussels Recipe
Spicy Thai Coconut Steamed Mussels are an easy elegant appetizer or main course for holiday meals, or special occasion meals, or everyday dining.
Steamed Thai Spicy Coconut Mussels
- 5 pounds fresh mussels - scrubbed and debearded
- 1/3 C fresh lime juice
- 13.5 oz unsweetened coconut milk - (1 can)
- 1/3 C dry white wine
- 1 1/2 T Thai red curry paste
- 1 1/2 T minced garlic
- 1 T Asian fish sauce
- 1 T white sugar
- red pepper flakes to taste
- 2 C fresh cilantro - chopped
How to Clean and Debeard Mussels
- Most mussels in markets are now farm-raised and are pretty clean, but you should still clean them. If you purchase wild mussels they will most likely be full of sand and have seaweed or barnacles or mud on the shell.
- Place a colander in the sink, add the mussels, and run cold water over them.
- Using your hands or a clean scrubbing brush to rub off any debris from the outside of the shell.
- Look for shells that are open and lightly tap on them or tap them against the sink or counter and set them aside for a minute or 2. If they close they are alive and can be added back to the rest of the mussels, if not discard prior to cooking.
- If you have wild mussels you'll need to debeard them. The "beard" is the clump of hair-like fiber that grows out of the shell. Farm-raised mussels will typically come debearded, but you should check them and remove any stray beards.
- To remove the beard from the mussels, grab it with your thumb and forefinger and using a back and forth movement tug it toward the hinge of the mussel shell. Remove as much of the beard as you can. Don't stress if you can remove all of it.
To Cook the Mussels
- In a large stockpot, combine the lime juice, coconut milk, wine, curry paste, garlic, fish sauce, and sugar.
- Bring water to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and curry paste.
- Stir to dissolve sugar and curry paste and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Boil broth for about 2 minutes before adding the mussels.
- Reduce heat to medium and cover to cook, stirring occasionally, until mussels are opened, 5 to 8 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and discard any unopened mussels.
- Pour mussels and liquid into a serving dish and toss with cilantro and red pepper flakes to taste.
- To make this a meal served with steamed white rice or crusty French bread to soak up the broth and a simple salad dressed simply with rice vinegar.
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