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; total fat 12.8g 20% DV; saturated fat 6.1g; cholesterol 48mg 16% DV; sodium 589mg 24% DV; potassium 438mg 12% DV; carbohydrates 15.8g 5% DV; fiber 0.6g 2% DV; sugar 4g; protein 23.7g 47% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 2036IU; vitamin c 39mg; folate 76mcg; calcium 101mg; iron 6mg; magnesium 46mg; thiaminmg; added sugar 3g.

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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