Marinated Mussels


Before the only mussel dish I know of was the Tinolang Tahong and Baked Tahong but when I set foot here in New Zealand I was introduced with this simple yet lovely appetizer called marinated mussels. It is a dish where mussels is marinated in a spice infused lemon and olive oil, served cold this is dish to pair with wine or even beer.

I know this would be hard or even expensive for those who live in a landlocked location but for those near by the ocean you don’t have any excuse not to make these ones. The key to a great flavour in this dish is using fresh mussels like the ones we have here in New Zealand where mussels are so fresh and very tasty some local even eat it raw like oysters.


1kg mussels
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 large tomato, seeded and finely chopped
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
juice from 1 lemon
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 large red chillies, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground black pepper
olives (optional, garnish)

1. Cook mussels by placing it in a streamer and cooked until shells have opened. Once cooked set aside to let it cool.
2. Remove mussels from shells then set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine olive oil, cider vinegar, tomato, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, parsley, red chillies, and garlic.
4. Place in a container together with the mussels, making sure mussels are covered with the marinade. Chill before serving.

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17 thoughts on “Marinated Mussels

  1. What a coincidence! I was just about to make mussels tomorrow for lunch! Although not these marinated ones, I will be making a white wine with butter and parsley one. Your recipe looks fantastic too, I’m having second thoughts whether I should try your recipe instead. :D

  2. New Zealand does have such lovely large mussels. Thankfully, living in New England fresh mussels are plentiful and inexpensive. Your marinated mussels sound terrific.

  3. I wish I liked mussels because these look delicious! Maybe I just haven’t had the right recipe! Beautiful picture!

  4. Nice recipe! I love mussels, but don’t eat them enough. Very strange, because although I live in the middle of the US – quite far from salt water! – good mussels are actually plentiful and inexpensive in the markets. Good stuff – thanks.

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  7. Yummy Mussels! and I have to say that for the last couple of hours i have been hooked by the impressive posts on this site. Keep up the great work. :)

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