Thai Mussels with a Chocolate Beer Infusion

Serves: 4

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 35 mins

Dietary: shellfish

Meal type: seafood



Author: Dghchocolatier

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  • 500 g mussels in their shells
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 spring onions (white and light green parts), sliced (reserve dark green parts for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled, grated
  • 1 small Bird's eye chilli, chopped - 1 small green Thai chilli, finely chopped
  • 250 ml rich chocolate beer
  • 50g 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 bunch Thai basil, roughly chopped
  • seasoning


1. In a casserole dish, heat 1 tbsp butter and olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic until soft and translucent (approx. 3 minutes).

2. Add spring onions, ginger, chillies, and lemon zest. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.

3. Turn the heat to medium-high, add mussels. Stir-fry for 2 minutes to coat mussels evenly. Pour in the chocolate beer and immediately cover with a tight-sealing lid.

4. Steam for 4 minutes until mussels open. Discard any unopened ones. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Stir in finely chopped dark chocolate.

5. Toss mussels with Thai basil and the reserved dark green parts of spring onions.

6. Serve hot with chunks of crusty bread, and pair with your favourite wine or beer for a delightful dining experience.

Enjoy this elevated Thai mussel dish with friends and a bottle of beer!