Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mussels in Oyster Sauce

When I introduce my blog to people, they can't imagine how I was able to write over 150 recipes on Random Cuisine. Frequently, they asked me where I get my inspirations for cooking. As a foodie and I'm pretty sure this is the case for many other foodies, it is to check your local food market, see what items are on special and make a dish out of it. The reason is to narrow down our choices of what to cook.

Last week, mussels were on special. They are cheap and easy to cook. Once mussels open, it is ready to serve, but do not overcook it, otherwise it will taste rubbery. Last year in July, I made Mussels Marinières, a famous mussel dish in white wine sauce, this recipe went Top 9 on Foodbuzz. This time, I went for an Asian approach for cooking the mussels and it turns out pretty good.

Preparation Time: 5 mins + cleaning, about 20 mins
Cooking Time: about 8 mins, until mussels open.
Printable Recipe


1 celery stalk, sliced
2-3 tbsp ginger, cut in sticks
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
2 lb mussels, cleaned
1 tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)


1. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook celery and ginger for 2-3 mins. Add in garlic and cook for 1 min until fragrant.

2. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce and stock. Combine and add in the mussels. Cover and cook until mussels have opened, about 5 mins.

3. Transfer mussels into serving bowl and pour sauce over it. Garnish with parsley.


  1. Thats a delicious oyster dish..sounds yummy..

  2. Sounds fabulous! I just bought beautiful mussels for 3.99/pound, a new all time low and they were the freshest I have ever had. Love this recipe! I'm going to go get more mussels while they are still on sale!! Great post! ~LeslieMichele

  3. I love mussels, but I tend to stick to the marinière style, because I love it so much. But this Asian version sounds very tempting!

  4. That looks good. I prefer clams in a spicy garlicky black bean sauce, but mussels with oyster sauce sounds like a simple way to serve them up. I'll definitely give it a try next time mussels are on sale.

  5. @Valérie: Marinière is also my favorite, I love mussels with a taste of white wine.

    @Judy: I never tried with black bean and garlic. I should try it myself. Thanks for the idea.

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    My husband and I love mussels and other kind of seafood.
    Keep on cooking!
    I'm looking forward to see more recipes in the future from you!



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