Curry-Marinated Mussels on the Half Shell

A healthy, one-pan, impressive hors d’oeuvres that can be made well in advance. Kick up the heat if you’d like with more curry or even paprika (which is made from the included red peppers), there’s time to adjust here.


  • 3/4 teaspoon Thai red or yellow curry paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds mussels (preferably cultivated)
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery rib
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves


  • Cutting Board, Knife
  • Large bowl for marinating
  • 12 inch skillet with lid


  1. In a large bowl stir together curry paste, curry powder, vinegar, and 4 tablespoons oil.
  2. Scrub mussels and remove beards. Mince shallots and cut carrot, celery, and bell pepper into 1/4-inch dice.
  3. In a 12-inch skillet heat remaining tablespoon oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and saute vegetables, stirring and adding salt to taste, until slightly softened but not browned. Add vegetables to curry mixture.
  4. In skillet steam mussels in 1/4 cup water, covered, over moderately high heat, 3 to 8 minutes, checking occasionally after 3 minutes and transferring them as they open to another bowl. Discard any unopened mussels.
  5. Remove mussels from shells and add to curry-vegetable mixture, gently tossing to coat. Wash and reserve half of each shell.
  6. Marinate mussels, covered and chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Just before serving, chop cilantro and stir into mussels. Fill each reserved shell with a mussel and some curried vegetables.

*Makes about 40 to 50 hors d’oeuvres.

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