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    Posted: 30 May 2015 at 07:12
We had this again, last night. And it's just as delicious as the first time.

I'd thought I had posted this, previously. But apparently not:

Thai Mussels In Coconut Broth

2/3 cup coconut milk
2 tbls lime juice
1 tbls fish sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp fresh red chilies, sliced thin
1/2 tsp curry powder
2 lbs mussels, cleaned and debearded
2 tbls cilantro leaves

In a large saucepan or wok, whisk together coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, chilies and curry powder. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.

Add mussels, cover, and steam over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, or until mussels open. Discard any unopened mussels.

Serve mussels with broth and garnish with cilantro.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gonefishin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2015 at 10:41
    hmmmmm...I thought you had posted that too.  Could it be in the seafood primer... or in some other thread?  Either way...nice recipe!
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I dunno, Dan. Hadn't thought of the primer, but just searched it and it wasn't posted there.

Even within the concept of us having the worst internal search engine on the web, there was no joy doing a full search. Only two posts showed up under the search word "mussels." This one, and the thread on clams with roasted chili paste.

So, if I did post it, as you and I both remember, it's buried in some other thread.

I'm sure we've mentioned mussels more than twice through the years.
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Made this last night, and it was wonderful.
Thanks Brook

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Looks good, Dave. Glad you enjoyed it.
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   Dang, Hoser...nice job!
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Looks like you nailed it, Dave! mStar
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Fresh mussels on sale out here this week....4 pounds for 5 bucks!

looks like this dish will get made again.
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Fresh mussels on sale out here this week....4 pounds for 5 bucks!

Nobody likes a braggart, Dave!

Seriously, really nice score. 'Round heah they're almost 4 bucks a pound; and that's for farm raised ones.
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I can't say that I've ever had a mussel, despite living in close proximity to the coast all my life. I would give this a try though! Do they taste similar to any other molluscs? Clams, oysters?
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Originally posted by pitrow pitrow wrote:

I can't say that I've ever had a mussel, despite living in close proximity to the coast all my life. I would give this a try though! Do they taste similar to any other molluscs? Clams, oysters?

I would say that they are milder  than a clam, and the texture is softer and more tender as long as they are not overcooked. As far as comparing to an oyster, I don't think I can render an opinion because all the oysters I've ever had were raw.
We do eat them quite often...usually by themselves in some type of sauce as above, also good zuppa style over pasta, and a fine appetizer when done as mussels vinaigrette.
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Generally I agree with Dave's description; solfter, milder, and more tender than a clam (especially those monster quahogs from his coast). But I'd add that mussels have a hint of copper, which makes their flavor easily identifiable.

His comment about overcooking is well placed. With mussels, even more than other shellfish, you need to remove them from the heat source as soon as they open.
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thanks guys! I definitely want to give this a shot, as soon as I can find some decent mussels. The local fishmonger has them but at $6.99/lb which it too spendy for my blood at the moment. I might need to make a run out to the coast and see what I can find. 
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Funny, I just posted a simple Bretagne ( Brittany ) recipe for fresh Mussels.

Think I shall make this amazingly wonderful little recipe .. Bought fresh mussels early this morning.

Off to go prepare them !!  

Thank you for posting  Brook ..

Hoser:  Gorgeous !!  Fine Job ..

Pitrow:  Definitely agree with Brook and Dave.  Mussels are light,  sublime, subtle, less shellfishy and very tender  and do not really have a slimely wet texture when simmered ..  



Distinctly different from a clam .. and oysters are  another class and flavor profile  .. 

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