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Steamed Mussels {Easy, Yummy, Clean Eating}

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Steamed Mussels {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}

Steamed Mussels with three classic Chinese cooking herbs garlic, ginger, and green onions are naturally delicious. A pinch of iconic Pi Xian DouBanJiang adds a hint of spiciness and yumminess. Super easy to make in 10 minutes, and superb clean eating recipe.

Why eating mussels regularly is good for you?

Mussels are extremely healthy, nutritious food that has a sustainable eco-friendly supply. They are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and folate. They contain many essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12; as well as important minerals such as iron, zinc, selenium, iodine, and calcium.

Mussels are the very few shellfish that in fact are low in cholesterol, making them heart-friendly food.

Steamed Mussels {Eas, Yummy, Clean Eating}
Steamed Mussels {Eas, Yummy, Clean Eating}

All these make mussels an excellent DASH {Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension} food. People also eat mussels to prevent anemia.

Steamed Mussels Key Ingredients

This recipe uses extremely simple ingredients, yet naturally yummy. All you need is canola oil (or other cooking oil such as avocado oil), garlic cloves, ginger, green onion, and a pinch of Pi’Xian DouBanJiang.

mussels with garlic ginger and green onions ingredients

Pi’Xian Doubanjiang is an iconic Sichuan spicy paste mainly made of tasty Sichuan chili peppers, special fermented beans, and delicious herbs such as garlic and ginger. They truly make everything taste better. I frequently add a pinch of Pi’Xian to highlight or contrast the flavor.

For instance, they play a key role in flavoring the firm ToFu dish my family and I enjoy a lot. I also add a pinch to the well-liked Red Braised Pork Belly dish.

Garlic, ginger, and green onion are wonderful tasty herbs. People frequently use them together for yummy and healthy Chinese cooking such as Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken, or Mongolia Beef. They work like a magic together to provide a unique fragrant & taste to the food.

Steamed Mussels {Easy, Yummy, Clean Eating}
Steamed Mussels {Easy, Yummy, Clean Eating}

Steamed Mussels Frequently Asked Questions:

How to prepare the mussels for steamed mussels?

Soak the mussels in cold water for a couple of hours right before cooking. Use a stiff brush or coarse sponge, scrub each mussel, and rinse with cold water a few times.

Use your fingers to pull and remove “beards”, which are strings or clumps of dark threads that help mussels to anchor to the rocks and other materials.

seawater mussels

How long does it take to cook mussels?

Mussels are easy to cook, takes about 10 minutes.

Is 1/2 teaspoon of oil enough to cook 2 lbs of mussels?

The oil is only there to bring out the fragrant of garlic, ginger and green onions.

Steamed Mussels {Easy, Yummy, Clean Eating
Steamed Mussels {Easy, Yummy, Clean Eating

This recipe doesn’t call for salt. Why is that?

This recipe uses seawater mussels, which contain natural sea salt. Therefore, you do not need additional salt. If you use fresh-water mussels, then add a pinch of salt to your taste.

Can I freeze mussels?

You can try, but I can tell you that the taste and texture decreased significantly. This is especially true when you freeze uncooked mussels. For mussels, it is better to cook the same day you’ve got them.

How long do cooked mussels stay good in the fridge?

About 2 days. Try to finish within 2 days after you’ve cooked mussels.

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Steamed Mussels {Eas, Yummy, Clean Eating

Steamed Mussels Recipe {Easy, Yummy, Clean Eating}

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Steamed Mussels with three classic Chinese cooling herbs garlic, ginger, and green onions are naturally delicious. A pinch of iconic Pi Xian DouBanJiang adds a hint of spiciness and yumminess. Super easy to make in under 15 minutes, and superb clean eating recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of mussels
  • 1/2 tsp canola oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 thin slices of ginger
  • 2 stalks of green onion
  • 1 tsp Pi'Xian DouBanJiang, see notes
  • 1/2 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Soak the mussels in a large basin in cold water for a couple of hours right before cooking.
  2. Use a stiff brush or coarse sponge, scrub each mussel, and rinse with cold water a few times.
  3. Use your fingers to pull and remove “beards”, and rinse with cold water a few times more.
  4. Drain the mussels over a stainless steel colander.
  5. Slice ginger into thin slices, mince the garlic and cut green onion into small pieces.
  6. Turn on the heat to high, heat the wok for 2 minutes, add canola oil and then garlic, ginger, and about 80% of the green onions. Save about a tablespoon of green part of the green onion for garnish.
  7. Stir fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant, add mussels, non-stop fold and mix using a slotted turner for about 2 minutes
  8. Add Pi Xian DouBanJiang along with 1/2 cup of water. Cover the wok with a lid and cook for 8 minutes
  9. All done, turn off the heat and garnish with the remaining green onion greens.

Notes

If you like spicy food, add additional Pi'Xian DouBanJiang to your taste.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 949mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 56g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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