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Thailand | Thai-Style Mussels
with green papaya salad / pineapple smoothie

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
Creamy coconut milk and spicy red curry paste balance the flavor and heat in the broth for these Thai-inspired mussels. Serve the beloved spicy green papaya salad on the side, topped with cashews for crunch.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Pineapple Smoothie:
  • Pineapple cubes - 2 cups
  • Coconut milk, light (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can
  • Ice - 1 cup
Thai-Style Mussels:
  • Lemongrass (opt) - 2 bulbs, smashed
  • Onions - 1/2, chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, chopped
  • Mussels, cleaned and debearded (most come debearded by the fishmonger) - 1 lb
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, leaves torn
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Curry paste, red (sub green or yellow) - 1 Tbsp
  • Coconut milk, light and unsweetened (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can
  • Stock, any type - 2 cups
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 Tbsp
  • Limes - 1/2, juice of
Green Papaya Salad:
  • Cashews, roasted and unsalted - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Jalapenos (sub serrano or bird's eye chilis if you like extra spice) - 1/2, sliced
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Limes - 1/2, juice of
  • Fish sauce - 2 tsp
  • Carrots, medium - 1, shredded
  • Papaya, unripe and green (look for dark green, firm fruit or sub 2 cucumbers per papaya) - 1, shredded

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Prep

  1. Lemongrass / Onions / Bell peppers / Cashews - If lemongrass came in a long stalk, slice off the lowest part of the stalk (the bulb) and discard the rest. (You want only the portion of the lemongrass stalk that is light purple inside.) Use a meat tenderizer to smash the lemongrass stalks just to break them open. Chop onions and bell peppers. Combine lemongrass, onions and bell peppers in one container. Store cashews separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Jalapenos / Garlic - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Make dressing - Combine jalapenos, garlic, lime juice (portion for salad) and fish sauce. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  4. Carrots / Papaya - Shred carrots and papaya / cucumbers (if using papaya, peel papaya first) with a Julienne peeler or box grater and combine. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Mussels - Clean and debeard if not done by your fishmonger. Scrub and soak in a bowl of water. It’s rare to find mussels that have not been debearded, but if you need to do this yourself, here’s a demo from The Kitchn. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Cilantro - Chop cilantro.
  7. Make smoothies - Combine pineapple cubes, coconut milk (portion for the smoothies) and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.

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Make

  1. Toss carrots and papaya in dressing (if you have a large mortar and pestle, gently pound the salad to soften veggies). Refrigerate salad while preparing mussels.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add oil and then lemongrass, onions and bell peppers to heated oil. Saute until onions and peppers are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add curry paste and saute until it starts to release oil, about 1 minute.
  3. Add coconut milk (portion for the mussels), stock and aminos. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add mussels. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes until mussels have opened up.
  5. While mussels cook, taste papaya salad and add additional lime juice or fish sauce to suit your taste. Top with cashews.
  6. Divide mussels and cooking liquid between serving bowls (discard any mussels that didn't open during cooking and discard lemongrass stalks). Top mussels with cilantro and lime juice.
  7. Serve mussels with papaya salad and smoothies on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (36)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (36)

35 reviews

Could have been spicier. Papaya was too ripe and added cayenne powder instead of fresh jalapeno, but was still pretty good.

By: Sundi
Posted: Aug 24, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Was shocked how fabulous this was! The whole family including daddy, toddler and 4 year old thoroughly enjoyed.

By: Jena
Posted: Mar 21, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Not a crowd pleaser in my house.

By: Deirdra
Posted: Dec 18, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Bland at first, but I added more curry paste and it definitely improved!

By: Elisabeth
Posted: Aug 31, 2016
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I gave It a two star, but It's a "good" two star. I wouldn't mind It again, and I didn't find the prep too taxing. I used cucumber for the salad, which I though was a nice little accompaniment.

By: Richard
Posted: Aug 30, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The store was out of mussels, so I seared up some tuna steaks and threw those in. Also, added mushrooms and a splash of peanut sauce. I didn't buy a papaya because they were huge and expensive, so had a mango salad instead. Pretty tasty!

By: Jessica
Posted: Aug 27, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful