Mussels steamed with fragrant Thai basil recipe

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Beautiful orange-fleshed, green-lipped mussels contrast with green basil leaves in this simple but excellent seafood dish.


  • 4 lbs (2 kgs) fresh mussels in their
  • shells, soaked and cleaned well Large handful of thai basil leaves (horapá)
Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup (125 ml) lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 coriander roots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
How to Make It
  1. Place the mussels in a steamer over boiling water and sprinkle with the basil leaves. Steam for 10 minutes or until all the mussels are cooked and open. Remove from the heat and wait for 2 minutes before opening the steamer.
  2. Mix the Dipping Sauce ingredients together, bring to a boil, then set aside to cool.
  3. Serve the mussels accompanied by the Dipping Sauce.

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