Thai-style Mussels

Thai-style Mussels

© Stine Christiansen

Thai-style Mussels

Thai-style Mussels

© Stine Christiansen

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1
kg
fresh mussels
1
fresh ginger (thumb-size piece/5 cm long)
1
fresh turmeric (thumb-size piece/5 cm long)
2
clove
garlic
1
stalk
lemongrass
2-4
Thai chillies, to taste
2
spring onions, to taste
5
sprig
fresh coriander
1
can
coconut milk
1
teaspoon
fish sauce
10
g
palm sugar (or brown sugar)
juice of one lime
white rice
  • Rinse each mussel under cold water and pull out the beard with a firm tug. Throw away broken shells. If the mussels are open, tap the shells - if they do not close, throw them away.
  • Peel and finely chop ginger, turmeric and garlic. Remove the hard outer layers of the lemongrass, then cut into fine rings. Finely chop the chillies, cut the spring onions diagonally about five millimeters thick. Wash the coriander and chop the stalks.
  • Open the coconut milk can (do not shake beforehand) and only use the thick, deposited fat. Pour off liquid milk or save for another recipe.
  • Heat some oil in a saucepan. Fry the garlic, chillies, turmeric, lemongrass, and onion briefly. Deglaze with the coconut cream. Add the fish sauce and palm sugar and simmer until dissolved.
  • Turn up the heat and add the mussels. Close the lid and cook for about four minutes. Shake the pot frequently. Open the lid and check whether all the mussels have opened - if many are still closed, stir, close the lid and cook for another minute.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice. Put in a bowl, sprinkle with coriander and serve with rice.