Mussels with Thai Seasonings

Jessie Price

Adapted from The Simple Art of EatingWell Cookbook (The Countryman Press, 2010)

Mussels are gourmet fast food—they cook up into a bistro meal in just 4 to 5 minutes and you dirty just one pot in the process. Don’t forget lots of crusty whole-grain baguette to soak up the juices!


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 14-ounce can “lite” coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Thai green curry paste (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce (or 1/4 teaspoon salt)
  • 4 pounds mussels, cleaned
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil and/or cilantro


Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves and cook, stirring often, until just starting to brown, 30 seconds to 4 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, lime juice, green curry paste, brown sugar, and fish sauce; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in mussels. Cover and cook just until the mussels have opened, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat (discard any unopened mussels). Stir in the basil and/or cilantro. Serve with the sauce from the pan.


4 servings