Thai Red Curry Mussels
From EatingWell: January/February 2007
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.
- 2 teaspoons peanut oil, or canola oil
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1-2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste, (see Note)
- 1 14-ounce can “lite” coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce, (see Note)
- 4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded (see Tip)
- 6 cups trimmed watercress, (1-2 bunches) or trimmed spinach
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil, for garnish
- 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.
Tips & Notes
- 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).
Per serving: 273 calories; 13 g fat (6 g sat, 2 g mono); 48 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 1 g fiber; 582 mg sodium; 438 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (108% daily value), Vitamin A & Vitamin C (60% dv), Iron (35% dv), Folate (19% dv), Good source of omega-3s
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 3 very lean meat, 2 fat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 45 minutes or less
- Main Ingredient
- Preparation/ Technique
- New Year's Eve
- Entertaining, formal
- Type of Dish
- Main dish, fish/seafood
- January/February 2007