Curried steamed mussels as you’ve never had them before. Garlic, curry, white wine, and cilantro slathered beauties. Seriously, these are delish.
When are wild mussels at their best?
Remember that little saying about how you’re not supposed to eat bivalves during months lacking an “r”—to whit, May, June, July, or August? It pretty much holds true if we’re talking about wild mussels, so stick to the rule. If your hankering is for farmed mussels, that’s another story. Modern mussel farms carefully monitor the water level for algae bloom, a toxin that proliferates during warmer months and which is responsible for the little ditty that’s disappointed many a mussel aficionado during summer. So go right ahead. Indulge. Anytime.
Curried Steamed Mussels
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 20 M
- Serves 4
Debeard and scrub the mussels, discarding any that feel heavy, have broken shells, or don’t close when lightly tapped against the counter.
Melt the butter over medium heat in a large stock pot. Add the shallots and saute until softened, about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Increase the heat to high. Add the white wine and mussels, cover and cook until the mussels open, 5 to 9 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
With a slotted spoon, remove the mussels to a bowl, discarding any that didn’t open. Wrap the bowl in a clean tea towel and keep warm.
Add the curry powder and cream to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the lime juice and cook to thicken slightly. Return the mussels to the pot, toss to coat and heat through. Ladle the mussels and broth into warmed bowls and sprinkle with cilantro. Originally published September 22, 2005.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Delicious! This was the first time I've cooked mussels in a curry sauce and dare I say, this may be my go-to recipe going forward. The sauce was so flavourful, we were soaking it up with bread.
I never really thought of mussels as a weeknight meal, but start to finish, I had this on the table in 20 minutes, it's so fast and easy. My mussels were cooked in 4 minutes rather than the 9 minutes that was suggested, so do take a peek mid-way and if the shells are open, you're done!
The flavours were PERFECT!
Growing up in NJ, our local tavern always had mussels marinara on the menu. It was a great dish to enjoy with a glass of beer. And if you were in downtown Hoboken at the legendary Clam Broth House, they had the best mussels in the world to enjoy. Dining there was an experience, where you might be rubbing your shoulders with an entertainer, politician or even a mobster! Recently, our local mussel spot in Indy, Brugge Brasserie, closed down as a result of COVID virus. So when I saw this recipe, I knew it was one to try out.
This recipe certainly comes together quickly and easily, and one can get it prepped in about 10 minutes. It's ready in about 20 minutes overall. Now curried mussels are something a little different from the Italian or Belgian dishes, and an Indian curry powder can be very overpowering in a dish. However, the recipe calls for such a little bit of curry powder, you get a nice hit of those Indian flavors that certainly complement the mussels at the back end of every bite.
Next time I may increase the curry by a half to give it a little bit more kick. I air fried some french fries (gotta keep an eye on the cholesterol) to dip into the sauce so I could have some rif on a Moules Frites, Indian style. All I know is my better half told me to add this to the repertoire! High praise indeed!