Fried mussels are as close to instant gratification as you are going to get in the kitchen…well…maybe..
A cheap packet of shelled pre-cooked mussels deep fried and transformed into little crunchy Asian bites of beauty..
My fried mussels are delicious but I have a confession… I’ve stolen this recipe from my Dad who used to whip up these deep fried mussels in an instant for us to pick at when hanging around the kitchen with a serious case of the munchies..
A kick of traditional Indian spices give a nice warmth and change of flavour to the fried mussels, this combined with crispy fried exterior with their naturally smooth texture is great..
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Pre-cooked mussels, shelled are ridiculously cheap, you can usually buy a whole packet for £1 which is enough to feed a few hungry mouths before dinner..
This fried mussels recipe serves about 4-6 as a snack, we usually just pick at them with cocktail sticks.
Fried Mussels – Ingredients:
Packet of cooked shelled mussels
Few tablespoons of light olive oil for frying
Fried Mussels Dusting:
3 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes or ground chilli (I prefer flakes)
Fried Mussels Recipe – Method:
- Mix all dusting ingredients together. Remove mussels from packet, mix in with dusting mixture then remove and shake off excess flour.
- Put into a hot frying pan of oil to fry. Cook for a couple of minutes then shake up the pan a bit to cook the other side, again, just for a couple of minutes max – just long enough to crisp up the flour; don’t overcook or they will dry out.
- Remove from oil, drain on paper towel and season immediately. Serve with squeeze of lemon juice, seasoning and possibly a little chopped fresh coriander.
Goes well on a plate, equi-distance from each side of the table and 4 toothpicks fencing for a bite…
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