Are you looking for a daily protein rich food? Are you looking for new meals that aid your recovery phase? Did you get bored of chicken and rice for lunch? Do you crave for a new protein source? If yes, take a look at this recipe. If you are a seafood lover, as me, then steamed mussels should be on your diet foods list! Here, in Denmark, one may easily buy a box of mussels in any local food store, even the smallest one. Maybe you are lucky too? Maybe you may find some in your city? Well, in case you find some of these salty water’s beauties, I have a recipe for you..
Before we start, I cannot stop myself from talking about the benefits of this seafood. To begin with, fleshy mussels contain of high levels of highly desirable long chain fatty acids (EPA and DHA). These fats have many beneficial effects, e.g. improving brain function, reducing inflammatory conditions. What is more, mussels are great, fancy and delicious (!!!) source of vitamins, plus they give you minerals, such as zinc, which helps build immunity. Nevertheless, they are rich in protein, so are recommended for one keeping up with the bodybuilding diet. What is more, these shellfishes are relatively low in calories, so will not break any diet and allow you to enjoy the fancy meals without thinking about the big calorie intake. No… this is not happening if you eat mussels! To be honest, while playing with the mussels, by which I mean opening each of them, taking the juicy meat out, etc. you will feel the inner hungry monster being satisfied sooner than you expected. Anyways, the whole eating ceremony of these shellfishes is something extraordinary, which makes you feel as sitting in an exclusive seafood restaurant, instead of eating simple protein rich lunch. So let’s make your diet more exotic!
By the way, three tips to remember before cooking your mussels. Firstly, make sure that mussels you bought are fresh or alive. To test to see if a gaping mussel is alive, tap gently on the shell. If alive it will react and start to close. Another tip is actually a rule: always spend time cleaning, washing the mussels before cooking them. Use cold running water from the tab and a simple brush, brush them gently from the outside and make sure to remove anything that might be stuck on the shell. Finally, remember that mussels are especially quick to be ready to serve. In fact, they can be eaten raw, so there is no need to worry if your mussels are done or not. If you overcook them, they will not be juicy and remind you of some chewing gum.. I am pretty sure you do not want this, so be aware… Normally it takes around 4 minutes, until the mussels open and pull away the shell. As soon as it opens, you should keep them in e.g. a steamer for couple more minutes and… voila! The mussels are ready to serve!
So.. let’s forget about the boring chicken and rice combination, try this quick and delicious steamed mussels recipe.
1,5 kg mussels
1 lemon, juiced
some chopped parsley
4 garlic gloves
- Rinse the mussels under cold running water while scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Discard any with broken shells.
- Set up a steamer, place the mussels on a plate, add the rest of ingredients. (You may add more herbs, some chilli flakes or any other spices. I love the taste of mussels, so I did not want to kill it with too many additional tastes. Viva la seafood!)
- Steam gently for 5-10 minutes, depending on the amount of mussels you place on each of the steaming plates. General rule: wait until the mussels open and steam for couple more minutes.
It is hard to tell the exact amount of calories, since the mussels should be weighted without the shells. I counted that meat of 10 mussels weighted around 15 grams, so lets say I ate 150grams of them for lunch.