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How to cook mussels and what to marinate them in: chef's tips

Kateryna YagovychLS Food
How to marinate mussels deliciously. Source: Pixabey

Mussels are one of the most popular seafood products. They are relatively inexpensive and quite satisfying, with little waste. You can buy them ready-made, marinated. But the quality of such a product may not always be the best. Therefore, it is worth buying frozen mussels, boiling them properly, and marinating them deliciously yourself.

Famous Ukrainian chef Valerii Ponomar (ponomar_valerii) shared the idea of making pickled mussels on his Instagram page.

Recipe for pickled mussels

Ingredients:

  • mussels – 0.5 kg
  • salt – 1 tbsp
  • water – 1 liter
  • allspice – 5-6 pcs
  • bay leaves – 5 pcs
  • onion – 1 pc
  • lemon – 1/2 pc
  • pomegranate – 1 tbsp of grains
  • hot pepper – 1/2 pc
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • garlic – 4 cloves
  • sunflower oil – 4 tbsp
Adding salt and pepper to the water

Method of preparation:

1. Add salt to the water.

Adding bay leaves

2. Toss in the allspice and bay leaves.

3. Boil for 10 minutes and add the frozen mussels, bring to a boil.

Cooking mussels in marinade

4. Cut one onion into half rings, and put to the mussels.

Slicing onions for a dish

5. Add half a lemon and pomegranate seeds.

Adding lemon and pomegranate seeds to mussels

6. Peel half of the hot pepper from the seeds and veins, chop, and put in a bowl.

Peeling peppers for a dish

7. Season well with salt and pepper.

Adding spices to mussels

8. Fry the garlic in oil.

Roasting garlic

9. Pour the prepared sauce over the mussels.

Ready-made pickled mussels

10. Leave to marinate overnight.

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