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Sri Racha Mussels

It takes less than 20 minutes and 5 ingredients to whip up these spicy, saucy, and speedy Sri Racha mussels. Sustainable, easy to cook and relatively cheap, mussels are a brilliant entertaining option. 

Sri Racha Mussels

If you’re a seafood enthusiast and love spicy food, then you absolutely have to try these Speedy  Sri Racha Mussels. This dish is a fusion of rich, saucy, and spicy flavours that will have you diving in with your toast to mop up all the saucy dregs. Requiring only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to prepare, you can enjoy a delicious meal that perfectly blends succulent mussels with sweet and spicy Sri Racha sauce.

It’s all in the sauce.

Sri Racha sauce is a popular hot sauce made from chilli peppers, vinegar, sugar, and garlic. It originated in Thailand and has become a beloved condiment around the world. It’s no wonder that this flavourful sauce has found its way into the seafood world. Additionally, with its unique blend of tangy sweetness and spicy heat, Sri Racha sauce has become a popular condiment in recent years. However, when paired with plump and juicy mussels, and a good portion of butter the heat is tempered, creating a truly addictive combination. 

Mussel Up 

The mussels themselves also play an important role in the dish. Mussels are a great seafood option for those looking for a sustainable and affordable choice. Unlike many other types of seafood, mussels are filter-feeders that don’t require any additional feed to be grown. This means they have a very low carbon footprint and are considered one of the most environmentally friendly forms of animal protein. Furthermore, they are an excellent source of protein, iron, and other essential nutrients. Additionally, mussels are often harvested using methods that have a low impact on the ocean floor and surrounding ecosystems. Their low cost also makes them an accessible option for many people. Not only are they budget-friendly, but they are also delicious and versatile, making them a great addition to any meal. Overall, mussels are a smart choice for anyone looking to make more sustainable and cost-effective food choices. 

Sri Racha Mussels

You’ll be hooked

The first bite will have you hooked. Firstly, the salty taste of the mussels is perfectly complemented by the sweet and tangy flavour of the Sri Racha sauce. However, don’t let that fool you, this dish isn’t just sweet and salty. The balance of lime, Sri Racha and butter play well together, tempering the heat of the Sri Racha and the richness of the butter. The resulting sauce will have you running your finger through the empty plate. 


One of the great things about Sri Racha mussels is that they are incredibly versatile. You can serve them as an appetiser, a main course, or even as a snack. Serve the mussels with some crusty sourdough toast to soak up the sauce. The sauce is thick and flavourful, so you’ll want to make sure you have something to dip into it. You can also garnish the dish with some fresh cilantro or green onions for added colour and flavour.


In conclusion, Sri Racha mussels are a perfect example of how bold flavours can elevate a simple dish. The combination of the tangy, sweet, and spicy Sri Racha sauce with plump and juicy mussels is a match made in flavour heaven. Whether you’re a fan of spicy foods or just looking to try something new, Sri Racha mussels are definitely worth a try. 


Sri Racha Mussels

Catch and Cook

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Sri Racha Mussels

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cook mussels that are already open?

 No, you should not cook mussels that are already open before cooking. They are likely dead and may contain harmful bacteria. Instead, discard any open or cracked mussels before cooking.

How do I know when my mussels are cooked? 

Mussels are cooked when they have opened up fully. If any mussels remain closed after cooking, discard them as they are likely dead and may contain harmful bacteria.

What bread do you recommend serving with Sri Racha Mussels? 

When it comes to serving Sri Racha mussels, crusty bread is a great option to soak up the delicious sauce. Some good bread options to consider include baguette, ciabatta, or sourdough bread. 


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Sri Racha Mussels

Spicy Sri Racha Mussels

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 20 - 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2


It takes less than 20 minutes and 5 ingredients to whip up these spicy, saucy, and speedy Sri Racha mussels. Sustainable, easy to cook and relatively cheap, mussels are a brilliant entertaining option.


  • 2 slices bread
  • 800g -1kg mussels
  • 30g butter
  • 30g sri racha
  • 8g parsley chopped
  • Cooking oil, salt and pepper as needed


  1. Start by prepping the mussels. If the “beard” is not removed from the mussels then pull the threads to remove them. Some can be quite tough but just wiggle the threads back and forth until they detach. Press together the shells of any mussels that are open. If the shell doesn’t start to close, the mussel is dead and should be discarded.
  2. Place a large stainless or carbon steel frying pan or pot on high heat (the mussels will scratch non-stick pans).
  3. While the pan heats up toast your bread, then place it into the bottom of two serving dishes/bowls with a lip to contain the pan sauce from the mussels.
  4. Once the pan is screaming hot, add a drizzle of cooking oil, then add the mussels and cook until they start to open. Stir occasionally.
  5. Once the mussels are open and cooked (this should only take a few minutes), lower the heat, then add the sri racha and the butter. Stir to coat the mussels in the buttery sri racha. 
  6. Once the mussels are well coated, spoon them on top of the piece of toast and top with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


Chefs note: This is a quick recipe so ensure you have all the ingredients ready to go.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes - 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes - 15 minutes
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood
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