Preparing mussels to whet your appetite does not require extensive knowledge or extraordinary culinary skills. In fact, anyone can include them in the menu and share them at a family gathering, with friends or simply to enjoy a delicious bite with the special flavor that characterizes this mollusk.
The mussel is a very nutritious mollusk and is very common in Spanish cuisine. For this reason, there are many recipes to cook mussels and take advantage of their delicious flavor. In this way, we can enjoy the traditional grilled mussels, in sauce and much more. However, for those who do not feel very sure of knowing how to prepare them, we bring you 7 easy appetizer recipes that include them.
1) Mussel ceviche
One of the easiest mussel recipes to prepare is ceviche. This appetizer is very fresh and goes well when you want to pamper your guests on a hot day.
- 3 cans of natural mussels
- 1 chilli pepper
- 1 onion
- 2 tablespoons coriander leaves
- the juice of 3 limes or lemons
- freshly ground pepper
- Ground ginger
Preparation: Start by cutting the onion into thin strips, which you will put in a container with a little salt, ground ginger to taste and pepper. Next, add the mussels to the container, including their juice, the juice of the limes and the minced chilli. Let this mixture rest in the refrigerator for at least half an hour and serve very cold. That easy!
2) Mussels in spicy tomato sauce
A rich sauce with mussels is another appetizer that is very popular. When preparing the recipe, we only advise you to be careful with the spiciness .
- 1 kilo of mussels
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons of fried tomato
- a tablespoon of flour
- a tablespoon of olive oil
Preparation: Cook the mussels with the bay leaf and salt, incorporating the molluscs when the water comes to a boil. Cook until they open and reserve a cup of the broth.
To prepare the mussel sauce, place the oil in a deep frying pan and add the finely chopped onion and garlic. Add the fried tomato, the chilli, the mussel broth and the tablespoon of flour. Let this cook for about 5 minutes. At this point, you can remove the chilli. Crush everything in a mortar or, if you prefer, you can also use a food processor to homogenize the sauce.
Finally, you just have to add the molluscs to the mussel sauce and enjoy them. Accompany with a cold drink, to balance the flavors and relieve those who begin to sweat.
3) Mussels with butter
The best thing about this recipe is that it will be ready in just 15 minutes and has a very attractive oriental flavor.
- 12 large mussels
- unsalted butter
- curry powder to taste
Preparation: Clean the mussels and open them. Then, place them in a saucepan, along with a little water. Cover the saucepan and allow them to cook for 5 minutes. Next, you must remove one of the caps from each of the mussels and place them on the plate in which you are going to present the recipe.
In another pan, place the butter and melt it, add the curry and stir very well until both ingredients are incorporated. Finally, bathe the mussels with the flavored butter and serve. To decorate, finely chop the chives and place it on top of the mussels.
4) Mussels with humus
To the flavor and properties of the mussels you can add the nutritional value of the chickpeas in this appetizer.
- 1 can of pickled mussels
- 1 garlic
- 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon of tahini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Preparation: In a food processor add the chickpeas, the garlic and the lemon and lime juice. Blend a little and then add the oil, tahini and yogurt. You should grind this time until you achieve a fine-textured paste. To serve, simply place some of the humus on a plate, forming small mounds, on which you will put the mussels.
5) Mussels with mustard
Another rich recipe for mussels is the one we present to you below. You only need half a kilo of them to prepare a delicious gourmet appetizer . It can be frozen or fresh mussels, for greater practicality; just make sure you have them at room temperature right before you make the preparation.
- ½ kilo of clean mussels
- ½ glass of white wine
- 2 tablespoons of mustard
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 spring onion
- olive oil
- parsley and ginger to taste
Preparation: Crush the spring onion with the garlic and ginger (just a pinch). Sauté this mixture in a saucepan with a little olive oil and then add the flour, stirring carefully. Now, pour the white wine little by little, avoiding the formation of lumps. Add the mustard and let everything boil a bit. Finally, add the mussels and let them cook for 5 minutes. Remove one of the caps and place on a serving plate.
6) Chilli and mussel skewers
With cooked or canned mussels you can prepare these skewers that will be ready in 5 minutes. This is a great alternative when someone asks how to prepare mussels and make them the hit of a gathering without the hassle.
- pickled chillies
- pitted olives
- canned or cooked mussels (you can use the spicy or natural versions that are on the market, depending on your preference)
Preparation: You just have to stick a chilli pepper, an olive and a mussel on a skewer. Place all the skewers on a plate and… everything is ready!
7) Tempura Mussels
For those who enjoy deep-frying, and wondering how to cook mussels in a Japanese style, this appetizer will make you swoon.
- 2 cans of pickled mussels
- 30 grams of cornstarch
- 60 grams of flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- frozen water
Preparation: Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Meanwhile, mix the ice water with the flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt and the yolk. Next, pass the mussels through this mixture and take them to the saucepan, leaving them to fry for a few minutes. Simply serve them and accompany with your favorite mayonnaise.
Now you know, there are many other recipes with mussels that are very easy to make, which are delicious alternatives to the traditional dish of mussels a la marinera. We hope that this selection has been of interest to you and that you are encouraged to prepare the recipes at home.