Anthony Worrall-Thompson's Asian steamed mussels recipe

This recipe uses classic French principles and zaps them with an Asian kick

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 150ml/1⁄4pt Chinese cooking wine or mirin (a type of Japanese rice wine)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp non-flavoured oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed to a paste
  • 2 red hot chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2kg/41⁄2lb fresh mussels, cleaned and beards removed
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced


Heat the cooking wine or mirin, soy sauce or tamari, lime juice and zest, honey and black bean sauce in a small pan, simmering for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a wok or large pan with a lid, heat the oil with the ginger, garlic and chillies, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the wine mixture, taking care as it will splutter, and bring to the boil.

Add the cleaned mussels and shake to combine. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook over a high heat for 5 minutes, shaking from time to time.

Add the coriander leaves and spring onions, then toss to combine. Serve immediately, discarding any mussels that haven’t opened.

AWT’S Hot tip: ‘No luck buying cooking wine or mirin? Then use dry sherry or some Sauvignon Blanc from Australia or New Zealand.’