Cooking On A Budget: Mussels with Coconut Thai Curry Broth

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mussels with Coconut Thai Curry Broth


What do you prepare when you have invited another couple over for dinner and you don't have a large budget? You want something elegant but looking at the meat case you discover that the roast you were hoping to make is well over twenty dollars.

Take a stroll down to the seafood department and check out the price of mussels. Currently in our store they are $3.99 per pound and sometimes they have them for $2.99 per pound. If no one in your small dinner party has any allergies to shell fish, I think mussels with coconut Thai curry broth is perfect. For the two of us I purchased just about 2 1/2 pounds of mussels and it cost $7.10.

As always with cooking, taste along the way and see if you need to adjust any ingredients. We like a little heat in our dishes and my Thai curry paste was older so I wanted to give the dish a bit more heat and that's why I added the cayenne pepper. My goal was to try and balance out the sweetness of the coconut milk.
  •  2 1/2 lbs. mussels
  • 2 cups shrimp stock (If you don't have home made shrimp stock use boxed seafood stock)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 lime - the juice from
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 large shallot - small dice
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 tbsp. red Thai curry paste
  • sprinkling of cayenne pepper
  • good pinch kosher salt
  • 1-2 tbsp. fresh parsley leaves - torn

  1.  In a deep skillet or pot with a lid and big enough to hold all the mussels: over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the shallot and garlic and cook until the shallots soften, stirring occasionally so the garlic does not burn.
  2. Add in your shrimp stock, coconut milk, chicken broth red curry paste along with the cayenne pepper and salt. Squeeze in the lime juice, stir and cook for a few minutes over medium heat.
  3. Add in the mussels and cook just until they open. Add in some parsley leaves and give a stir.
Serve the mussels in a bowl with some nice crusty or toasted bread on the side. A side salad would be a nice side dish to have as well.

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