Steamed mussels tossed with smashed peas and drenched in lemon and chilli butter

Steamed mussels tossed with smashed peas and drenched in lemon and chilli butter

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Carb Conscious Fat conscious Pescatarian
  • 10 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • Vondeling Babiana Noctifl ora White Blend 2007


  • 1 kg fresh or frozen mussels
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 500 g freshly frozen garden peas
  • 60 g butter
  • 1 jalapeño chilli, chopped
  • 15 g basil
  • Smoked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Steam the mussels in the hot water, in a saucepan over a high heat, until all have opened (discard those that do not open after 3 to 5 minutes of steaming). Remove from the heat and drain.

Remove the meat from the shells and set aside.

Blanch the peas in rapidly boiling water, until they float to  the top and are tender – take care not to overcook. Drain and refresh in a bowl of ice-cold water.

Melt the butter in a pan over a high heat. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into the pan with the butter and add the chopped chilli. Fry until fragrant.

Smash the cooked peas with a potato masher. Drizzle the lemon-and-chilli butter over the warm peas and mussels.

Toss in a large serving bowl with the basil. Season with smoked sea salt and a crack of black pepper.

Per serving: 979.2 kJ, 15.4 g protein, 14 g fat, 14 g carbs

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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