Thai curry pastes are a busy cook's best friend--they provide loads of flavor in a single ingredient. Here the spicy green version is used to flavor steamed mussels. Serve over rice noodles.

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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until just starting to brown, about 1 minute.

  • Add coconut milk, lime juice, curry paste, brown sugar and fish sauce (or salt); bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in mussels. Cover and cook just until the mussels have opened, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat (discard any unopened mussels). Stir in basil (and/or cilantro), if using. Serve with the sauce from the pan.


Tip: When shopping for mussels, look for ones that are closed--or those open only a fraction of an inch. When you get them home, store them in a large bowl with a few damp paper towels on top for up to 1 day. To clean them, discard mussels with broken shells or whose shell remains open after you tap it. Hold mussels under running water and use a stiff brush to remove any barnacles; pull off any black fibrous “beards”. (Some mussels may not have a beard.) Mussels should be “debearded” no more than 30 minutes before cooking.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; 12.9 g total fat; 5.8 g saturated fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 601 mg sodium. 187 mg potassium; 12.4 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 17.3 g protein; 196 IU vitamin a iu; 11 mg vitamin c; 49 mcg folate; 26 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 25 mg magnesium; 1 g added sugar;