Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mussels in Thai Green Curry Sauce

Green curries are wonderful and can be as spicy as a red curry but they tend to be a bit sweeter. Different curries can be purchased in most supermarkets as a paste. There are many good quality brands that are very flavorful and they are such a great convenience. That is why I chose to use a prepared curry paste in this recipe. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe that the entire family will enjoy and you can control how spicy you want to make it. You can even add sliced green thaibird chilies or jalapeno to really heat it up and go volcanic if you like. It's up to you. Green curry mussels is classic Thai and you may have already tried it in your local Thai restaurant. If you haven't experienced this dish yet you are in for a fantastic surprise. I hope you enjoy.

Mussels in Thai Green Curry Sauce


1 Tbsp. shallots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 1/2 lbs. mussels, scrubbed and cleaned, discard any mussels with broken shells (about 24 to 32 medium sized in the shell)
1 - 13.5 ounce can coconut milk, well shaken
2 Tbsp. Thai green curry paste (or to taste)
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
thaibird chile or jalapeno, sliced (optional)
vegetable spray

Heat large saute pan coated with vegetable spray on medium high heat and add shallots. garlic and ginger. Saute a minute or so and add the green curry paste. Saute another minute to cook the paste, stirring so it does not burn. Add coconut milk, lime juice, half of the cilantro and chilies if desired and blend well with the curry paste. Add the mussels, cover and cook for about 5 minutes, until all of the mussels have opened, occasionally shaking pan back and forth. Make sure to discard any mussels that have not opened. Finish with balance of cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256.1
Total Fat 17.4 g
Saturated Fat 15.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 28.0 mg
Sodium 516.9 mg
Potassium 32.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 14.6 g

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