Thai Clambake

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8


Canola oil
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped superfine
2 Kaffir lime leaves, chopped superfine
2 thai chilies, deseeded and chopped superfine (add more for more heat)
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, outer layers removed, inner core blanched, shocked and minced
½ cup smoked sausage
1 cup clam broth or seafood stock
2 cup sake
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
2 tablespoons hoison sauce or fish sauce
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup fresh thai basil, chifonade
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 pound littleneck clams, cleaned and trimmed
1 pound mussels, cleaned and trimmed


In a large heavy bottom soup pan heat the oil to medium and add the garlic, ginger, lime leaves, chilies and lemon grass and let it sweat for a few minutes. Add the smoked sausage and cook a few more minutes and drain off any excess fat. Add the clam broth, sake, hoisin and coconut milk, bring to a boil and them allow to simmer. Add the clams and mussels and cook until they open about 5 minutes total. Discard and shells that did not open. Toss on the scallions, cilantro, thai basil and mint and stir. Serve over rice.

*Recipe property of Laura Kimberly Merrick

Mussels with IPA & Thai Red Curry & Lime

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
1 small red onion, chopped fine
3 tomatoes, chopped medium
Juice of 2 limes
2-3 tablespoons red curry paste
½ cup IPA beer
½ stick butter
1 teaspoon maldon sea salt
3 pounds mussels, scrubbed and cleaned
Cilantro for garnish


In a large pot heat the oils to a medium high heat. Add the garlic, zest and ginger and red onion and cook a few minutes until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and lime juice and mix well. Next add the red curry paste and beer, mix well. Add the butter and melt fully. Slowly drop the mussel in the pan and stir. Cover and reduce heat to a low boil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until all mussels are opened (discard any opened mussels). Season with salt and garnish with cilantro. Serve with crusty bread over rice.

Steamed Mussels

March 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced into half moons
1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced into half moons
4 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 cup white wine
2 pounds mussels, washed, beards removed
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped


Heat ¼ cup olive oil and butter in stockpot. Add onion, fennel, and garlic, and cook over medium-low heat until translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add white wine, bring to simmer, and cook until ¼ of the liquid has cooked off, about 2 minutes. Add mussels, cover with tight fitting lid and steam, shaking pot occasionally, until mussels open, about 7-10 minutes. Discard any that don’t open. Add half the parsley. Spoon mussels and contents of the pot into a big, shallow bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice and remaining olive oil. Top with remaining parsley. Serve with toasted or grilled country bread, lightly rubbed with garlic.

Herbed Hefeweizen Mussels

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 bottle (16 oz) Hefeweizen beer
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
3 pounds mussels, beards removed and scrubbed


Whisk together all the ingredients except the mussels in a medium mixing bowl.  Place the mussels in a large heavy bottom pan with a lid.  Pour liquid over the mussels and boil until all are open.  Discard any that are unopened.

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