Green-lipped mussels with kaffir lime, cider and spring onions

By: Nikki and Jordan Shearer


Masterchef NZ runners up Nikki and Jordan Shearer continue to impress us with their easy-to-make recipes, such as this one for green-lipped mussels with kaffir lime, cider and spring onions.

Mussels -recipe

Serves 4

The popular green-lipped mussels are readily available all around New Zealand and are a cultivated species providing huge economical benefits within the industry. There is nothing more satisfying and affordable than a huge bowl of steamed mussels and some crusty bread to mop up the juices.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg live green lipped mussels
  • 50g butter
  • 3cm ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 x 330ml bottle of apple cider
  • 2 limes

Method

  1. To prepare the mussels, scrub well in cold running water and remove beards by pulling firmly towards the hinge. If any mussels do not close, discard.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter and saute ginger, garlic, chilli and kaffir lime leaf for approximately 1 minute.
  3. Add spring onion and cider. Cover and cook on high for 2 minutes, shake pot and cook for another 2 minutes or until mussels open.
  4. Remove from heat and discard any mussels that have not opened.
  5. Transfer mussels into a large bowl with the juices and squeeze over the juice of one lime.
  6. Serve with crusty bread and lime wedges.

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