Fragrant Thai Mussels


This recipe for Thai Mussels is a “main course” recipe entry in the So Delicious Dairy Free 3-Course Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Nancy Diana. To add creaminess to the richly flavored broth, she uses Culinary Coconut Milk from So Delicious.

Thai Mussels

So Delicious Dairy Free 3 Course Recipe Contest BadgeNancy says, “This is an elegant weekend meal to share with guests. A show stopping dish ready in minutes and low in calories!”

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Special Diet Notes & Options: Thai Mussels

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, and tree nut-free.

For peanut-free and soy-free Thai mussels, choose your oil wisely. Vegetable oil is often soy-based. Some other high-heat oil options include rice bran, avocado, or canola.

Fragrant Thai Mussels
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This recipe was submitted by Nancy Diana for the Go Dairy Free So Delicious Dairy Free 3-Course Recipe Contest.
Serves: 2 to 4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk lemon grass, bruised with the back of a knife along the stem, then cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon red panang paste (found in Asian isle)
  • 325 mL Original or Lite So Delicious Dairy Free Culinary Coconut Milk
  • 1 lime, zested, cut in half and juiced; reserve halves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley
  • 4 pounces mussels, scrubbed well and debearded
  • Serving suggestion: toasted points or crusty bread (wheat or gluten-free)
  1. Preheat a wok or skillet on high. Add the oil and sauté the shallots, lemon grass, garlic and ginger until fragrant,about 1 minute. Add the panang paste and incorporate.
  2. Add coconut milk, 2 halves of squeezed lime and ½ of zest, stir to cook and blend flavors, reducing heat to medium-low and simmering for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Quickly add mussels, stir to begin to release juices and to coat with sauce, bring to a boil.
  4. Place lid on, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 5 minutes. Check to see if mussels are open and stir.
  5. When all mussels have opened add remaining zest and juice. Stir to allow sauce to coat mussels.
  6. Discard any unopened mussels, lemon grass stalk, and the lime shells, squeezing out any remaining juices with tongs.
  7. Garnish each plate with cilantro/parsley and add toasted bread to soak up sauce.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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