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Mussels in a shallot, pepper and coconut broth recipe

Mussels in a shallot, pepper and coconut broth recipe

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This was the first time I had cooked mussels and I was looking for something easy, simple and flavoursome! I made up this recipe and it was a success so I decided to share it with you! Use this recipe as a guide, but feel free to add some more toppings if you want!

Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

1 person made this

IngredientsServes: 3

  • 500g mussels
  • olive oil or butter, for frying
  • 6 shallots, sliced
  • 1/4 green pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 (400g) tin coconut milk
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • marjoram or oregano
  • Cajun seasoning
  • 1 dash hot sauce (if you're feeling spicy!)
  • 1 baguette, sliced

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:35min

  1. De-beard and thoroughly rinse each mussel individually and place in a bowl of ice water (see footnote).
  2. Preheat the olive oil or butter on in a medium-large sized pot until it starts simmering. Sauté the shallots until they're translucent, reserving a few slices for garnish. Then add the chopped peppers, saving a few slices of each colour for garnish, and cook and stir until softened. Add 50ml of warm water, cover the pot and leave to simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Using a hand blender, or a normal blender in its absence, purée the pepper mixture until smooth.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk, salt, pepper, marjoram, Cajun seasoning and hot sauce, if desired. Add 70ml of water and leave to simmer and reduce with the lid off.
  5. After 5 minutes, add all of the mussels, place the lid on the pot and leave until the mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that don't open.
  6. Spoon mussels into a bowl and ladle plenty of the broth on top. Add some sliced peppers and shallots to garnish.
  7. Serve with baguette or warm crusty bread. If desired, mix garlic salt and thyme with melted butter, brush onto the baguette and place in oven for 3 minutes, until toasted. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Cleaning mussels

Be sure to discard any mussels that don't close while cleaning. If a mussel doesn't close, lightly tap the mussel on a hard surface; if it still doesn't close, throw away.

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Black Garlic – you can find this available at most grocery stores. Either in the International aisle OR in the produce section near the garlic. It is sold in a sealed plastic bag. It is just fermented garlic.

Clean yo mussels. Seriously. Don’t skip this step. You’ll be eating gross sea tasting broth with a combination of sand otherwise. And never cook with an already open/broken mussel. It will get you rull sick. And that’s seriously no fun. Take this from someone who has experienced the extreme casualities of food poisoning via shellfish, on not one, but at least three separate occasions in my adult life, grateful i’m still here. Also: All three incidents have occurred when dining out. And ordering crab. And i’m not allergic to it. I promise. Also. Purchase the shellfish at a reputable store (speciality seafood store is my numero uno rec. After that Whole Foods has always been promising). And if you are in the middle of nowhere, landlocked, and there is a small bodega that specializes in fresh killed deer meat, but somehow is also selling shellfish, maybe go for Bambi instead.

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I am excited to announce that I will be a Perfect Protein Blogger for the summer, to help promote a book called The Perfect Protein: The Fish Lovers Guide to Saving the Oceans and Feeding the World. Written by Andy Sharpless, the CEO of Oceana, and Suzannah Evans, the book discusses how protecting, maintaining, and consuming wild seafood can help to fight both famine and obesity globally.

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I altered the recipe a bit to make it into a meal for 2 instead of an appetizer. I also subbed in some ingredients for what I could find. All of these ingredients can be found in Whole Foods.

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut
  • 1 pound mussels, debearded, scrubbed well, and washed clean
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sambal (chile-garlic paste)
  • 1 (13.6 oz) can coconut milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons torn cilantro leaves, stems discarded
  • 2 tablespoons torn mint leaves, stems discarded
  • juice and zest of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup white rice, preferably jasmine rice

I used a rice cooker to make my rice, but you can easily make the rice on your stove. Measure out 3/4 cup coconut milk and set aside. Add the rest of the coconut milk (about 1 cup) to a small pot and bring to a boil. Add 1/2 cup rice, stirring to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until the milk is mostly absorbed, about 15 minutes.

While waiting for the rice to cook, add the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic, shallot and lemongrass. (I kept the lemongrass in large pieces so I could remove it at the end. If you prefer, you can finely chop it to keep it in the dish.) Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.

Add the unsweetened coconut and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. You want to see the shallot turning translucent.

Add the mussels and wine to the pot and increase your heat to medium-high, cooking for 1 minute.

Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, and chile-garlic paste. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the reserved 3/4 cup of coconut milk.

Add the lid to the pot and steam the mussels for 2 to 4 minutes, shaking the pot a bit to help open the mussels. Discard any of the mussels that do not open after 4 minutes. Spoon the remaining mussels into a bowl and remove the lemongrass. Season the broth with salt and pepper and ladle over the mussels. In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice, lime zest, mint, and cilantro.

Top the mussels with the lime and herb mixture. Serve over the coconut rice.

My boyfriend and I could not get enough of this meal. The mussels are absolutely fantastic! We were looking for pieces of bread to sop up the coconut broth after we had ran out of rice, it’s that good.

I always feel so accomplished when a 30 minute meal comes out as delicious as this one did, despite just following directions. This one is definitely a keeper!

The broth is silky and super flavorful, but isn’t spicy. The lime-herb mixture cuts through some of the creaminess and gives it some much needed citrus. I loved the combination of mint and cilantro!

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Mussels are incredibly easy to cook and this recipe capitalizes on that fact. Using a handful of simple ingredients and a few straightforward cooking steps, you’ll have a light but really satisfying meal on the table in 30 minutes.

The mussels swim in a creamy coconut broth spiked with shallot, garlic, ginger and lime juice. It can be sipped like soup or soaked up by cauliflower rice. Although perfectly delicious as is, this recipe can be expanded in a variety of ways. Make it spicy by adding a sliced Thai chile or a drizzle of hot sauce make it meaty by sautéing bacon or sausage with the shallot make it green by adding a few handfuls of spinach leaves. However you serve it, you’ll love the flavor and the quick prep time.

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter (30 ml)
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger (15 ml)
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped or cut into thin strips
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces/ 400 ml) coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (45 ml)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of mussels (1 kg), scrubbed and bearded
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley or cilantro (60 ml)
  • Sea salt


In a deep pot heat the coconut oil/butter over medium heat.

Add shallots and saute for 3 minutes.

Add garlic and ginger and red pepper.

Sauté for 2 minutes then add coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of lime juice.

Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes then add the mussels to the pot. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, until mussels open.

Discard any mussels that have not opened.

Add a pinch of sea salt to the broth, the fresh herb and the remaining tablespoon of lime juice.


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh turmeric or 1/2 tsp. dried ground turmeric
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 338
  • Fat 17g
  • Satfat 6g
  • Monofat 0.0g
  • Polyfat 0.0g
  • Unsatfat 9g
  • Protein 24g
  • Carbohydrate 14g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Cholesterol 0.0mg
  • Iron 0.0mg
  • Sodium 617mg
  • Calcium 8% DV
  • Potassium 22% DV
  • Sugars 2g
  • Est. added sugars g

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    • 30 minutes before: Set the dinner table. Open wine. Remove bread from oven and let it cool. Assemble salad and make salad dressing.
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    I’m totally in love with my new Calphalon Signature™ Nonstick 5qt dutch oven. It’s lightweight and even dishwasher safe. I picked mine up at Bed, Bath and Beyond with a store coupon. Even without the coupon, it’s worth the investment because the pot comes with Calphalon’s lifetime guarantee.

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    • 1 tbsp. fresh peeled grated ginger
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    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 generous pinch saffron threads
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