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I adore mussels, but too many recipes suggest strong sauces such as garlic or spicy tomato which totally overwhelm the mussels. Quick and easy to make, it turned out fabulous!

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  • 100 g mussels packaged in brine
  • small red pepper
  • two large sticks of celery
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • oil for frying


  1. Heat oil for frying.
  2. Chop celery and pepper, cut tomatoes in half.
  3. Fry vegetables for about 5 mins, to heat but not lose their crunchiness.
  4. Add drained mussels and cook for another 5 mins.
  5. Add barbecue sauce, and mix into the vegetables well.
  6. Serve with noodles.


Be careful not to overdo the barbecue sauce. The tomatoes will produce enough liquid to give some sauce and the barbecue just gives it a kick. I like to keep the vegetables crunchy so that there is a contract withthe soft mussels.

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  • 8 oz bacon, diced
  • 1 bunch (about 8) green onions, sliced
  • 2 shallots, sliced thin
  • Cajun seasoning (recipe below)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb mussels
  • 1 (12 oz) can beer
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heirloom tomato, diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Baguette, sliced, for serving

For the Cajun seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp Noble Saltworks Cherry Smoked Flaked Finishing Salt
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper


Build a hot charcoal fire in your Weber Charcoal Summit Grill, on the highest burn grate, so the coals are close to the cooking grate. Place a Lodge 12” cast iron skillet in the cooker to preheat. Add the bacon to the hot skillet. Cook until the bacon begins to brown, about five minutes then add the white parts of the green onions, the shallots and a couple of tablespoons of the Cajun seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp and the shallots have softened, about 10 minutes total.

Add the garlic, cook for one minute, then add the mussels and beer and cook, uncovered, until the mussels begin to open, about 2 minutes. Add the butter and tomatoes. Continue cooking, stirring, until the butter has melted and the mussels have opened completely, a few minutes more. Taste sauce and season with salt as needed. Add the green parts of the sliced green onions. Serve with the sliced baguette.


It’s as simple as can be. Use it as the base for any other variation on the mussels.

It’s seriously fool proof and can be adapted to your taste.

You need just 20 minutes to get this ready.

Above all, it’s absolutely delicious. Think garlic, lemon, butter, herbs and olive oil. The simplest flavors sometimes really bring out the most in foods!

Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

"This recipe for Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Sauce really takes this shellfish to another level. The combination of ingredients in this dish brings out the perfect balance in flavor and texture, and it´s a great starter or appetizer to any meal. The secret to this recipe is to buy FRESH mussels, I say fresh in capital letters because you do not want to use frozen or pre-cooked mussels in this dish, otherwise it won´t have that special and fresh flavor to it."

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Choose a large pot with a tight fitting lid or wok.

Place the pot or wok over high heat and bring about 100ml of wine, stock or water to the boil. Add the mussels and quickly replace the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes. Reserve the liquid that is released as the mussels cook. It can be strained and added to soups, sauces or an accompanying dressing.

In a Steamer

There are various styles of purpose built steamers with a base that can hold boiling water, a rack to suspend the food over the water and a lid to trap the steam.

A steamer can be fashioned from a pot with a colander that fits over the pot or a wok with a Chinese style bamboo basket and lid.

Arrange the mussels on a plate that fits inside the colander or steamer basket.

Bring the pot/wok of water to the boil lift the lid and place the plate on the colander or bamboo rack. Replace the lid and steam for 3-5 minutes.

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