Mussels Steamed in a Spicy Tomato Sauce


Mussels Steamed in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

A second mussel recipe, I couldn’t help myself. This time I decided to spice it up and steam them in a spicy tomato sauce. Steaming the mussels in the sauce adds so much more flavor, and lucky me, there was enough sauce leftover that I was able to use it as a base for a tomato soup the next day.

This recipe serves 2-3.


2kg mussels, cleaned and debearded

2 cans whole peeled tomatoes (800g in total)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 onion, thinly sliced

250ml dry white wine

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon chili flakes

Parsley, for sprinkling

1 tablespoon olive oil




Discard any mussels that are broken or won’t clamp shut when tapped.

In a food processor blend the tomatoes until smooth.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over low-medium heat and add the onions. Once they are translucent add the garlic and stir until fragrant.

Increase to medium heat and add the remaining ingredients except the mussels. Let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes until it thickens. Taste to see if it needs more salt, pepper, chili powder or chili flakes.

Now add the mussels to the pot, cover and steam for about 5-8 minutes. Stir half way to make sure that all the mussels are coated in the sauce. The mussels are done once they have opened; discard any that are still closed.

Sprinkle the parsley over the mussels and serve with your favorite sides and dips. Enjoy!






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