Thai-Style Mussels with Herbs

Thai-Style Mussels with HerbsRecipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey
We like to eat these delicately flavored mussels with rice, but thin rice noodles are also good. A generous squeeze of lime at the end is essential.
Serves 4


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3 tablespoons canola oil
4 stalks lemongrass, ends trimmed and stalks smashed
1 small yellow onion, sliced into rings
2 whole dried arbol chiles* or 1/2 tsp. red chile flakes
1 can (14.5 oz.) coconut milk
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
2 large basil sprigs, separated into leaves and stems
2 large mint sprigs, separated into leaves and stems
2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded*
1 lime, cut in wedges


Total: 20 Minutes

1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat until shimmering. Cook lemongrass and onion, stirring frequently, until onion begins to caramelize and turn golden, about 8 minutes.

2. Stir in chiles, coconut milk, wine, fish sauce, and herb stems. Bring mixture to a simmer.

3. Add mussels and cover pot. Cook until mussels open wide (discard any unopened ones), 4 to 5 minutes.

4. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with herb leaves. Serve with lime and rice.

*Find arbol chiles in Mexican markets or your grocery store's Latino-foods aisle. If the mussel "beard" (stiff threads protruding from the shell) is still attached, pull it off.

Created date

September 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 387
Caloriesfromfat 78 %
Protein 10 g
Fat 34 g
Satfat 20 g
Carbohydrate 8.6 g
Fiber 0.4 g
Sodium 551 mg
Cholesterol 18 mg