A pretty easy, quick and inexpensive shellfish to cook are mussels. Mussels are pretty versatile too. You can steam them in a variety of liquids – juice, wine, beer, coconut milk… in this next recipe I use sake!
I first cooked some chopped bacon over medium heat until the fat was rendered and the bits started to brown.
Then I added garlic, ginger and shallots and let that cook for only a minute until fragrant.
I added sake and deglazed the pan, scraping the bottom.
Once that reduces slightly add the mussels.
Increase the heat to medium high, cover, cook – shaking the pan occasionally until the Smussels pop open. Remove from the pan and top with chopped cilantro.
Serve with crusty bread!
- 3 slices of bacon, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 TB ginger, minced
- 2 TB shallots, minced
- 1/3 cup sake
- 2 pounds of mussels, cleaned and debearded
- 2 TB cilantro, roughly chopped
- Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until fat is rendered and it begins to brown.
- Add garlic, ginger and shallots to the skillet. Cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add sake and scrape the bottom of the pan. Cook until reduced slightly.
- Increase heat to medium high, add mussels, cover and cook. Shake the pan occasionally cooking for 5-10 minutes until the mussels pop open.
- Remove from the skillet, top with cilantro and serve with crusty bread