Try this recipe for red Thai curry mussels, then check out our tarragon and vermouth mussels, ‘njuda mussels, miso mussels and more mussels recipes.


  • 2 kg mussels
  • oil
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 lime leaves, torn in half
  • 2-4 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • ¼ bunch Thai basil, leaves picked (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Clean the mussels by scrubbing them and pulling off any beards. Throw away any mussels that don’t close during the cleaning process or when tapped on the sink, these are dead.

  • STEP 2

    Heat a little oil in a large pan, add the spring onions and cook for a minute, then add the lime leaves and red curry paste and cook for a minute. Add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer, cook for 2-3 minutes, tip in the mussels and put on a lid.

  • STEP 3

    Cook for 3-5 minutes more, shaking the pan to help the mussels open. Once they are open add the fish sauce, lime juice, chilli and basil and shake the pan. Serve in deep bowls with some steamed rice on the side, once you’ve eaten the mussels tip any remaining sauce onto the rice.


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