Watercress is prized in Asian cuisine for its peppery flavor and in this dish stands up to the sweet spiciness of the mussels in a coconut-laced red curry sauce. If you can find it in your market, use Thai basil for the garnish--it adds a unique sweet anise flavor that will make the dish taste all the more authentic. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2007

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  • Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic, scallion whites, lime zest and curry paste to taste; cook until fragrant and the paste is sizzling, 1 to 3 minutes. Add lime juice, coconut milk, brown sugar and fish sauce. Bring to a boil and let cook for 2 minutes.

  • Add mussels, return to a simmer, cover and cook for 6 minutes. Spread watercress (or spinach) over the mussels, cover and cook until slightly wilted, about 4 minutes; stir into the mussels. (Discard any unopened mussels.) Serve garnished with scallion greens and basil.


Note: Red curry paste and fish sauce, typical Thai ingredients, can be found in the Asian food section of large supermarkets.

Tip: To clean mussels, scrub with a stiff brush under cold running water. Scrape off any barnacles using the shell of another mussel. Pull off the fuzzy “beard” from each one (some mussels may not have a beard).

Nutrition Facts

273 calories; 12.8 g total fat; 6.1 g saturated fat; 48 mg cholesterol; 589 mg sodium. 438 mg potassium; 15.8 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 23.7 g protein; 2036 IU vitamin a iu; 39 mg vitamin c; 76 mcg folate; 101 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 46 mg magnesium; 3 g added sugar;

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Great Recipe We were looking for a good easy recipe using some of what we had around in our cupboards and fridge. This recipe is very well-balanced and leaves a delicious broth. Nothing to change at all. Pros: Tasty Easy to prepare No wine needed Cons: None Read More
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wonderful recipe..just delicious westcoast lady Read More
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Family loves this recipe! Curry broth will be thinner than traditional curry due to the lite coconut milk but the flavor is still great. Read More