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Lime & Coconut Chilli Mussels

Lime & Coconut Chilli Mussels

Lime & Coconut Chilli Mussels

Chilli and mussels are a match made in heaven. Personally I adore the flavours in this Asian inspired dish more than the Italian classic, though I do like a bit of spice. It’s also quick and easy to make and the broth, mopped up with fresh or char-grilled sourdough, is sensational.



  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely grated
  • Olive oil
  • 4 small red chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 × 270mL cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 cup stock or broth
  • 2kg live organic mussels
  • Juice 2 limes
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  1. To make sauce, place onion, garlic and ginger in small saucepan with olive oil and sauté over low heat for a couple of mins.
  2. Add chilli, coconut milk, kaffir lime, fish sauce, coconut sugar and stock and simmer for 20 mins, taking care not to boil.
  3. Meanwhile, rinse mussels in cold water and make sure beard is removed. Place in large saucepan with water and cover with lid.
  4. Five mins before sauce is ready, place mussels over high heat. Check after 4–5 mins whether open — if not, replace lid for 1 min further and check again.
  5. Add lime juice and coriander to sauce and mix through.
  6. Once most mussels are open, drain in a colander. Replace pan and pour over sauce. Serve immediately.
  7. Tip: I serve with fresh or chargrilled sourdough to mop up the delicious sauce.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

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