Cooking mussels would have to be one of the easiest dinner ideas, and more so healthy dinner to prepare. Try out the below recipe using either green lipped mussels or local blue mussels.
So the first major question is how to cook mussels?
Cooking Black Mussels is a matter of getting the spicy tomato sauce at just the right heat and steaming the mussels in the sauce.
Another big question we always here is: can I cook open mussels?
In general there is quite a myth that all open mussels are spoilt. In general if they are fresh mussels, and not frozen they will be closed. It is not uncommon when a frozen mussel is thawing that the shell will open slightly- so general rule is know who is supplying you the mussels.
Mussels can be done a huge number of ways- garlic mussels, creamy garlic mussels, chilli mussels, smoked mussels, mussels in white wine and numerous other ways.
We also have a full range of mussles, bugs and shellfish delivered to you on our online store.
Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat, and coat with oil. Add finely chopped onion and chilli, and crushed garlic. Cook whilst stirring gently for 3 minutes until the onions and garlic give a sweet smell.
Add in the tomato paste and cook for an additional minute.
Add in the crushed tomatoes and wine to the pan. Stir gently until the alcoholic smell of the wine has disappeared and you are left with a sweet tomato smell.
Bring the heat up to a soft simmer and leave until thickened slightly, for 10 minutes.
Add the mussels to sauce and immediately cover with a lid. Shake the pan occasionally and remove from heat as soon as all of the mussels open up, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Gently mix in the salt and pepper and serve.
Fill bowls with the sauce and mussels, and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Enjoy with fresh crusty sourdough.
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