Mussels in coconut broth

Mussels in coconut broth
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 15 min

It only takes 15 minutes to rustle up this low-calorie Thai recipe. If you want to turn it into a big meal, serve with hot, sticky rice.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
341kcals
Fat
22g (0.8g saturated)
Protein
26.8g
Carbohydrates
9.8g (0.9g sugar)
Salt
2g
Calories
341kcals
Fat
22g (0.8g saturated)
Protein
26.8g
Carbohydrates
9.8g (0.9g sugar)
Salt
2g

Ingredients

  • 2kg fresh mussels, in their shells
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 lemongrass stalks, outer layers discarded, cores bashed and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges to serve
  • 6 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, plus extra sprigs to serve

Method

  1. Scrub the mussels well, removing the beards and any barnacles. Discard any with broken shells or any that don’t close tight when tapped on a hard surface.
  2. Lightly crush the cumin seeds with a pestle and mortar, then add the lemongrass, ginger, chillies and garlic and bash to a paste.
  3. Heat the oil in a very large pan – ideally, a wok. Add the spice paste and gently cook for 1 minute, then add the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Tip in the mussels, then cover and cook, shaking the pan every now and then, for about 3 minutes or until all the mussels have opened. Discard any that remain shut.
  4. Add the fish sauce, lime zest and juice and chopped coriander. Serve in warm bowls with the lime wedges, garnished with coriander sprigs.

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