Goan Style Mussels

This is one of our favourites. Quick and simple with amazingly tasty results, this is one of the dishes that really got us into cooking with the fruits of the sea. Serve with fresh crusty bread, superb!


  • 1kg fresh mussels
  • sunflower oil, for frying
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp black mustard seed
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • coriander sprigs, to serve
  • lime wedges, to serve

To Cook

Remove the beards, then wash the mussels well in cold water. Refresh the water and repeat until it is clear. Discard any mussels that are broken or stay open when tapped.

Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole. Fry the onion until very lightly brown, then add the ginger, garlic, chillies, spices, a good pinch of salt and a grinding of pepper. Cook for 2-3 mins until fragrant and toasted. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to the boil, then simmer for a few mins to get everything mixed together.

Tip the mussels into the dish, cover, turn up the heat to maximum and boil for 3-4 mins until the mussels have just opened. Scatter over the coriander sprigs and serve with lime wedges for squeezing over.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with crusty bread and lime wedges

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2013

Image – opendining.net