Sustainable food: Curried mussels

Curried Mussels
Serves 4

Mussels cook up super fast, they produce a flavorful broth with very few added calories, they're at the top of the A-list in terms of sustainable seafood and, as if that's not enough, they're economical too.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 pounds mussels
  • 1/2 cup scallions
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  1. Heat canola oil in a wok or deep sided pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Sauté scallions, ginger, jalapeno, garlic and curry paste for 1 minute, until fragrant.

  3. Pour in wine and scrape up anything stuck to the bottom of the pan.

  4. Boil for 4 minutes, until reduced by a third. Add coconut milk and fish sauce and bring to a boil.

  5. Add mussels, cover and reduce heat to medium.

  6. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until mussels have opened, shaking pan occasionally.

  7. Sprinkle lime and cilantro over top and serve.
Note: After you eat your first mussel, use the shell (like a pair of mini tongs) to pinch the meat from the others.


How to Seek Out Sustainable Seafood
By Lia Huber, Founder and CEO of Nourish Network & My Nourish Mentor
    Sustainable seafood is a hot topic these days, but people are often so confused by what they hear that they clam up when they get to the fish counter. I'd like to make it easier for people to seek out sustainable seafood -- with these three strategies:

  • Memorize a short list: Seafood Watch released their Super Green List. We at Nourish Network published our Super Seven. Both of these lists are great to have down pat for when you're on the spot at the fish counter.

  • Be aware and adventurous: There are a plethora of resources out there (of which I'll cover three) to help you choose wisely, and sometimes those choices may take us out of our comfort zone. Delve in with an open mind and give new species a try.

  • Talk back: Let people know that you're concerned about our oceans, whether it's your policymakers or the guy behind the fish counter. Our combined voice equals market demand which goes a long way towards driving change.
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