You’re in the mood for mussels, and there is a package of frozen mussels available in your refrigerator. I’m sure you will feel so great.
However! You don’t know how to cook them and what recipe you will use. Lucky for you! I will give you some suggestions for cooking frozen mussels in this article.
Step-by-step Guide on How To Cook Frozen Mussels
Normally, when being packaged, frozen mussels are available on the half shell or completely shelled.
In fact, you don’t need too much time to prepare frozen mussels. Due to safety concerns, they have already been cleaned and cooked. Remove the beard of mussels that holds sand and grit is an important step but you don’t have to do, either.
Because you store frozen mussels in the fridge, the only thing you need to do is to defrost them naturally before serving.
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Follow the direction on the package to get the best results.
Now, let’s find out some easy ways of cooking frozen mussels.
1. Mussels In Garlic And Sour Cream Sauce
With 8 ingredients and 20 minutes of cooking time, this easy recipe will be a comforting dish for your dinner. Things you’ll need:
- 1 lb shelled frozen mussels (thawed and rinsed)
- 1 minced onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- Olive oil (1 tbsp)
- 5 tbsp sour cream
- Salt (⅓ tsp)
- Pepper (¼ tsp)
- 2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
Pouring olive oil in a medium skillet and gradually heating it on the average heat.
When olive oil boils, you add onion, stirring occasionally until translucent, not brown, about 5 minutes.
Then you add mussels and cook for 5 minutes from time to time.
Next, you put garlic and sour cream in the skillet to mix everything together and continue stirring for another 2-3 minutes. Season with pepper and salt.
Sprinkle on the dish’s surface with parsley.
2. Baked Mussels With Cheese And Mayo
This is a combination of mussels with cheese, garlic, mayo, and butter.
This recipe comes from the Philippines and very common in Chinese and Japanese restaurants.
It’s easy to make but very tasty and looks pretty impressive.
Things you’ll need:
- 2 lbs mussels in the half shell
- 1 cup of grated cheese
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- ½ cup mayo
- 2 tbsp parsley (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp sriracha (optional)
Open and preheat oven to 400 °F .
Mix cheese, mayo, sriracha and garlic in a bowl.
Take a baking tray and line up the thawed mussels on it. Then on the top of each mussel, put a spoon of mayo-cheese mixture.
Put the tray on the oven and bake for 5 to 7 minutes until they are golden.
Take it out of the oven, transfer to plate and garnish with parsley.
3.Pan-Fried Mussels In Garlic Butter
One more simple but delicious recipe you cannot miss, it’s pan-fried mussels in garlic butter.
This dish is suitable for your lunch or starter.
Things you’ll need:
- 2 lbs mussels (thawed)
- 1 shallot
- Fresh parsley
- 3 cloves of garlic
- Bread ( 1 loaf)
- Salt, pepper, and butter
Finely chop one shallot, fresh parsley leaves, and garlic.
Place the frying pan on medium heat then you add a big knob of butter. When butter melts, you put the garlic and shallot, panfry until they’re glossy.
Then add the mussels in the pan and season with some salt and pepper. Continue cooking until mussels are a little caramelized.
Add a bit of extra butter for creaminess and stir in the parsley.
Slice bread in half and place them on a plate. Then you serve the pan-fried mussels mixture on the top of the bread. You’re done!
Some Useful Tips For You
Frozen mussels should be continually frozen at 0°F so they will keep safe longer.
As long as properly stored in the freezer and the package is not damaged, frozen mussels can maintain the best quality of about 12 months.
Plus, if correctly stored, frozen mussels are safe to eat after the expiration date on the package.
When dry spots or discoloration appears on the frozen mussels, it means that they are no longer good. You should discard them.
Well, I’ve suggested three easy and quick recipes to cook frozen mussels. I hope that these as well as some tips will be helpful for you. Let me know your thoughts and leave your remarks in the comment section.