Thai Red Curry Mussels

  • Active Time 40m
  • Total Time 40m
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4 servings

We love how a few simple ingredients like coconut milk and curry paste can turn an at-home dish into a Thai delight. Any basil will taste delicious in this recipe, but use Thai basil if you can find it. Make it a meal: Spoon over soba noodles or rice noodles.


  • 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 Shopping Tip)
  • One 14-ounce can lite coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (see tip)
  • 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
  • Tip: Red curry paste and fish sauce, typical Thai ingredients, can be found in the Asian food section of large supermarkets.

  • 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).


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

Add the mussels, return to a simmer, cover and cook for 6 minutes. Spread the 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.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7511

nutrition information per serving

273 calories; 13g total fat; 6g total saturated fat; 48mg cholesterol; 499mg sodium; 16g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 24g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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