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Thai Mussels

I love mussels although I’m the only one in my family who does! I made these for lunch for fellow mussel loving friends. Served with twice cooked frites – what a treat!

Serves: 4

Prep: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Difficulty: moderate



2kg mussels
1 onion chopped
2 chillis chopped
10cm ginger chopped
3 garlic cloves crushed
2 lemon grass blades sliced through the middle but left whole
Bunch coriander, stalks chopped
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
2 cans coconut milk
2 limes
Thai basil and/or coriander to finish

Clean the mussels (if they haven’t already been done) removing any beards. Do this under a running cold tap. If the mussels that are open don’t close when you tap them discard them.

In a large pan, soften the onion in a tbsp oil. Add the garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli and coriander stalks. Cook for 5 minutes then add the fish sauce and brown sugar followed by the coconut milk.

Add the mussels to the pan and put a lid on it. Cook for 5 minutes giving the pan a little shake every minute.

Squeeze over the limes and serve with Thai basil and coriander.

Make sure you discard any mussels that aren’t open. Never prise one open.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

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