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Steamed Mussels with Black Bean, Coconut & Ginger Broth

Course Dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Izy


  • 1 kg cooked mussels , (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion , , roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/2 to 1 green chilli , , finely chopped (you can leave the seeds in if you like it hot!)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 tbsp Chinese black bean sauce
  • 3 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 125 ml coconut cream
  • 4 heads of pak choi , , sliced down the middle
  • 2 spring onions , , finely sliced (white & green parts)
  • handful of coriander , (cilantro), roughly chopped
  • 200 g to 300g soba noodles


  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Once hot, add the red onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent - about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger and chilli then cook for 1 minute then add the soy sauce, black bean sauce, rice wine, lime juice and coconut cream. Stir together until combined.
  • Turn the heat up to high and bring the liquid up to the boil, add the mussels to the pot and top with the pak choi. Cover with a lid and leave to cook for 4-6 minutes until the bok choi is steamed through.
  • Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the soba noodles. Cook according to the directions on the packet (I cooked mine for 5 minutes) then drain and immediately rinse with cold water.
  • Divide the noodles, mussels and pak choi between bowls and top with the spring onion and coriander. Ladle over the broth from the mussel pot and serve hot.


- I used cooked mussels in garlic butter sauce from Lidl for this recipe. I just melted off the butter first by soaking them in hot water then rinsed the mussels and used in the recipes
- you can also use fresh mussels in this recipe. Just rinse the mussels in the sink and remove any 'beards' (little bits of rope attached) by tugging on them. Discard any open mussels and any mussels which have a broken shell.
- to make this gluten free: make sure the soba noodles you use are certified gluten-free OR serve the mussels with rice noodles instead!