Lemongrass-and-basil-scented Mussels

Chinese and Asian cooking has become increasingly popular in the West with the proliferation of Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese,, and Balti restaurants.

Summer is coming and in other parts of the world, it may be already or never left. But summer is waited here on the Finnish grounds, and that somehow makes me think of the holidays, fresh salads, and seafood. So out of all the cravings I have today, I have chosen to share with you a very delicious and dear recipe for me, if you are also a lover of seafood.

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Mussels are very delicious cooked properly and are rich primarily in protein. In addition to the fact that mussel proteins are easy to digest, they help maintain the function of every cell in the body. They also contain selenium and iron, which are very important for the human body, and the two most important things that mussels offer are immunity and heart health. And without further ado, I will move on to the list of ingredients needed for this delicious recipe.

For 4 servings we need:

  • 1.75 kg of fresh mussels in the shells
  • 5-6 fresh basil sprigs
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 5cm fresh ginger root
  • 2 finely chopped shallots
  • 150 ml fish stock

1. The first step is to wash and prepare the mussels to be cooked. After being shaved and cleaned by those hairy “beards”, only those that remain closed and are not damaged are kept.

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2. Take each lemongrass stalk and cut it in half and then bruise it with a rolling pin.

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3. Take half of the basil leaves and cut them into smaller pieces and keep the rest for later.

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4. In the final step put the mussels, lemongrass, chopped basil, ginger, chopped shallots, and the fish stock into a wok and mix them together. When it gets to the boiling point, cover it for about 5 minutes.
All of the mussels that remained closed and all the lemongrass stalk, scatter over the reserved basil leaves and serve it right away.

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It is a simple recipe, which does not have many ingredients and which does not give you headaches. Easy to cook but extremely delicious. Personally, I don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, but when I have the opportunity, I like to experiment.
At least lemongrass hasn’t really appeared in my kitchen, but it’s so interesting to discover new flavors and let yourself be carried away by the wings of crusts to discover the world.

I hope this recipe inspires you and you to try to discover the world. As usual, I’m waiting for you in the comments section with opinions and suggestions or on social networks. I wish you good luck and see you next Sunday with another interesting article, at the same 2 p.m. Helsinki time.


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