Mussels in Coconut Milk

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A delicious, quick and easy dinner dish of steamed mussels in a creamy coconut milk sauce. A great dinner option perfectly paired with some pasta or toasty bread.

Mussels steamed in coconut milk

I ventured out of my comfort zone a bit.

I finally made my own mussels dish. I've always been wary of making my own mussels and scallops at home. I'm not sure why I have been apprehensive about it, but that fear is definitely over.

This was dribble worthy with a flavorful coconut milk gravy with just enough pepper to make me sniffle.

It is quick, the flavors are deep and I am sure, like me, you would sit with your legs crossed on the floor, with bread just sapping up the gravy.

I said it didn't take much to make this right?

Mussels (frozen (cooked) or fresh), shallots - something I have gotten quite addicted to when cooking, especially seafood, a little parsley, onions, culantro, coconut milk and some scotch bonnet are the main ingredients.

Mussels and other ingredients

I was afraid of mussels, more so because I was afraid I would kill myself. Not by the taste but more so not knowing the basics of opened and unopened; good or not good. How the heck do I clean these? So it was a learning experience for me.

Steamed mussels in coconut milk with curry and shallots

When using raw (fresh) mussels, you have to scrub them off to get rid of any debris that may be stuck on these bad boys. And have you ever known that they open and close their shells when they are out of water? Yess.

Another point is when rinsing, make sure that they are closed. If they do not close you can try squeezing them (or even just tap them) while under water and see if it closes. It didn't? Then THROW IT OUT!!

And when done cooking, anyone that doesn't open, sorry, it has to go. You don't want to get sick

Delicious steamed mussels

Steaming covered is important. And they do not need to steam very long.

You do need to ensure that the gravy for this thickens up a bit though. Who wants a watery sauce to dip in?

And you need bread, or you can use pasta, but bread (even hard dough bread) is a must use.

Mussels steamed in coconut milk

When this was done, I emptied it all into a deep bowl, to hold that gravy and as I mentioned, I sat down, cross-legged and dipped away.

And dipped, and dipped

Coconut milk steamed mussels

Then I tackled the mussels. And the pearl onions. And the fresh garlic.

Can you tell I enjoyed this?

Mussels steamed in milk with pearl onions, shallots and garlic

So now my fear of dealing with mussels are gone. And I already am ready to whip up another recipe.

The next tackle is going to be scallops.

Any pointers for those??

Seafood, Entree, Appetizer
Yield: Serves 2Pin it

Mussels in Coconut Milk

A delicious, quick and easy dinner dish of steamed mussels in a creamy coconut milk sauce. A great dinner option perfectly paired with some pasta or toasty bread.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 45 mins


  • 1 lb mussels
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small shallot, chopped up
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (I love using this mincer)
  • 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, minced (without membrane and seeds for a mild heat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shado beni/culantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 5 pearl onions, peeled and chopped into halves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Melt butter in a heavy bottom pan
  2. Add garlic, shallots, hot pepper and curry to butter
  3. Add mussels to pot
  4. Add shado beni, onions, coconut milk and stir
  5. Lower stove to simmer and cover 
  6. Let liquid thicken up (if you need to get more liquid a few dashes of white wine can be added)
  7. Ensure mussels are cooked (See notes below on mussels and being ready)
  8. Taste for salt to liking
  9. Add parsley
  10. Serve with bread or pasta


If using fresh mussels:

* Make sure to scrub the mussels under running water to get rid of any debris

* Since mussels naturally open and close their shells when out they are out of the water, any mussels that do not close after rinsing, just tap their shells or even squeeze them while running water over them. If still open, discard. 

For ALL mussels (pre-cooked or fresh): 

* After cooking, mussels that did not open, need to be discarded. DO NOT PRY OPEN
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.