Easy Thai red curry mussels

thai red curry mussels

Mussels are one of my favourite quick and easy meals to knock up. They are both sustainable seafood wise, and are low carb – that is unless you don’t add the slices of toasted bread to the mix, which I find quite essential. I used Thai red curry paste to make these easy Thai red curry mussels which are pretty much available everywhere these days.

I have used white wine but you could just as easily replace it with stock or broth. I have also used a reduced-fat coconut cream which works quite well, but you can use cream if you prefer. 

The heat level on these mussels is around 2 out of 5, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to chilli. It’s not mild but not too hot. If you like yours über hot, you may want to add a dash more. I have made a portion for one, just adjust accordingly for more people.

thai red curry mussels

How to clean fresh mussels

  1. Discard any mussels that are already open. Live mussels should be tightly closed.
  2. Scrub the mussels under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. Use a small knife or your fingers to remove the beards from the mussels. The beard is a small tuft of fibres that protrudes from the shell. Grab it firmly and pull it out towards the hinge end of the mussel.
  4. Soak the cleaned mussels in a large bowl of cold water for 20-30 minutes. This helps to remove any sand or grit inside the shells.
  5. After soaking, drain the mussels and give them a final rinse under cold running water.
  6. Discard any mussels that are still open or have broken shells.
  7. Your cleaned mussels are now ready to be cooked according to your mussel recipe

More delicious mussel recipes:

Easy mussels with white wine, garlic & cream

Mussels steamed in orange & fennel

This easy Thai red mussel dish takes  10 minutes to make.

Recipe ~ serves 1 (scale up as needed)

Easy red curry mussels

A delicious, quick and easy creamy mussel recipe with coconut milk and Thai red curry.
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thai red curry mussels


  • 500 g fresh mussels in their shell
  • 1/2 medium onion very finely chopped about 1/4 cup
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T Thai red curry paste
  • 60 ml / 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream
  • chopped coriander for garnish if using coconut milk parsley if using cream)
  • slices of toasted baguette to soak up the sauce


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium pot on low and fry the onions gently until softened.
  • Increase the heat to medium / hot and fry the curry paste until it just starts to catch on the bottom of the pan. Add the wine and deglaze the pan. immediately add the mussels and cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam for a few minutes until they have opened. Discard any unopened mussels.
  • Add the coconut milk/cream and stir, cover and allow to heat through. Scatter over the chopped coriander or parsley and serve with crusty white bread or toasted slices.
Author: Sam Linsell


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  1. I would love to just melt into a bowl of these mussels. Love the addition of red curry, never tried it with mussels before but now it’s on my list!

  2. Delicious!

  3. omw this looks devine!

  4. You have a way of making your food look so delicious, and your recipes are so easy to follow, making it simple to create such a delicious dish. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations.

  5. Its a pleasure JC Marc and thanks for the lovely comment. made my day 🙂

  6. Your styling/photography for this is just stunning! I am a huge fan of mussels, and will have to try and make this dish ASAP!

  7. Thanks so mcuh 🙂

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