Despite having grown up near a coast and eaten seafood all my life, I find the idea of cooking seafood at home, especially now that I live in a land-locked stated, terrifying. Nonetheless, I’m happy to say that mussels were incredibly easy and relatively cheap (1 LB= 8ish dollars). Most places will clean and debeard them for you, but always make sure to ask if they do, since that step can be a lot trickier. Via Bon Appetit.
Note: I bought 1 ½ lbs mussels to feed 2 people as a meal, and it was plenty. Assume some won’t open.
- 1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk
- 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
- ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 carrot, peeled, julienned
- 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced on a diagonal
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed, debearded
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Toasted country-style bread (for serving) [So necessary to soak up the delicious sauce!]
- Bring coconut milk, tomatoes, wine, curry paste, and 2 Tbsp. basil to a boil in a Dutch oven or other large pot, stirring to incorporate curry paste. Reduce heat and add onion, carrot, and celery; season with salt and pepper.
- Bring liquid to a simmer, cover pot, and cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to a medium bowl and set aside.
- Return liquid in pot to a simmer. Add mussels to pot, cover, and cook, shaking pot occasionally, until shells open (discard any mussels that do not open), about 4 minutes. [I cooked mine a few minutes longer for fear of them not being ready. Look at how many have opened and you can determine if you want to give it a couple more minutes.]
- Divide mussels and cooking liquid among bowls, top with reserved vegetables, parsley, and remaining 2 Tbsp. basil, and serve with bread alongside.