Steamed Mussels

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

Mark Bittman; The Best Recipes in the World; Italian Style

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add oil to a saucepan big enough to hold all the mussels; turn heat to medium.
  2. A minute later, add in the onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the tomato, and increase heat a bit; cook for 5 minutes more, until the tomato begins to break up.
  4. Add the mussels; increase heat to high, and cover the pot.
  5. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, until they all open, about 10 minutes; turn the heat off.
  6. Scoop the mussels into a serving bowl; strain the accumulated liquid through a fine strainer—preferably one lined with cheesecloth—and pour it over the mussels.
  7. Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
  8. *Steamed Mussels, French Style—substitute butter for the oil and use 2 or 3 chopped shallots in place of the onion; the garlic is optional; omit the tomato and lemon; proceed as directed, adding ½ cup white wine to the pot just before adding the mussels; if you like, you can finish the sauce with ½ cup heavy cream.
  9. *Steamed Mussels, East Asian Style—substitute peanut or canola oil for the olive oil and ¼ cup chopped scallion for the onions; add 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger along with the garlic and proceed as directed, omitting the tomato and lemon; add 1 tablespoon soy sauce to the liquid after cooking and serve with lime wedges.
  10. *Steamed Mussels, Thai Style—omit the oil, onion, tomato, lemon, and parsley; combine the mussels in a pot with the garlic, 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised with the back of a knife and roughly chopped, ½ cup roughly chopped fresh Thai basil leaves, 1 small fresh or dried chile, the juice of 1 lime, and 1 tablespoon nam pla; steam as in step 2, then strain as in step 3; garnish mussels with more Thai basil and a squeeze of fresh lime.

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