Friday, August 1, 2008

Baked Mussels with Cheese

I used to dine at Fish & Co. with my friend, Shirley, when I was still working. (Ah! Those carefree days!) I would order the Mussels in Tomato every time we are there.

Since I quitted working and have kids, I dare say, I haven't gone out with any of my friends for makan sessions (pig-out). I'm always seen with my kids! And when we dine out during the weekends, it's usually somewhere which serve food that the kids like.

I love mussels but sad to say, none at home like like it. So, if we do dine at Fish & Co., I won't order it. Hence, I only cook mussels and eat at home; on my own.

The idea for this dish came from the mussel dish from Fish & Co. and .... pasta. :P You see, I had some tomato pasta sauce left which was too little for pasta. So, I thought why not just use it on mussels alone (I usually have mussels in my pasta). The results were not too bad. At least to me, it is. :P I forgot what my sister said as this is one of the dishes I served when she and her colleagues had dinner at my place. ;)

It's easy to make too. You just need mussels, tomato based pasta sauce and mozzeralla cheese.

Steam the mussels for 3 minutes first. If you don't partially cook it first to remove the liquid, when you bake it later, it will be very wet. Then the sauce and cheese will flow out of the mussels.

After steaming the mussels, drain them. You can retain the liquid as seafood stock. Spoon pasta sauce to cover fill the shell. Top with shredded mozzeralla cheese. Sprinkle some chopped parsley if you like.

Now bake at 180C for 10 minutes or till you see the sauce bubbling out of the cheese and that the cheese has melted.

Served it hot. It won't be nice once it's cold. Oh, do try with carbonara sauce too. Though, I strongly recommend tomato sauce. I don't know about you. I always feel that seafood (pasta) taste better in tomato based sauce. ;)


  1. That's gotta be the best 10 minute dish ever!

  2. Air liur coming out.. everytime browse ur site oso makes me feels hungry~~~

  3. Yummy! Would love to try this cos u make it seems so easy :)
    Do we need to use fresh mussels or frozen will taste just as nice? Btw, if its frozen, do i need to do anything to them once I buy them home? Or can just steam them directly? Thanks for your great receipe!

  4. Jaden, Thanks!

    Little Prince, hahaha ... hope it also makes you want to cook too, :)

    Jazzmint, ;) Have one?

    Happyfoodhappythots, You must. It is easy!
    You can use either fresh or frozen ones. Not a problem. For frozen one, just defrost it. I wont recommend you steam it straight away cos just a few mins of steaming may not defrost it properly. It may be under cook. You might get tummy upset. :P

  5. great idea! I am drooling from looking at the photos ... I must try it one day :P~

  6. Noobcook,
    Thanks ;) It's a nice supper. :P Do try it.

  7. I had the same problem as you. Can't order when I'm with kids. Now I can have some fancy lunch, all by myself. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. 3lilangels,
    Poor mommy, right? :P Hope you enjoy it. :)

  9. Thanks for the recipe's! I was going to make a modern asian-fusion dish for my friend's pot luck dinner because the western styled dishes seemed too tedious to prepare while traditional asian cooking often requires long cooking time. Thank you!!!