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Mussels with garlic

Garlic mussels are a classic and delicious seafood dish that originated in Spain and has become popular around the world. This recipe consists of cooking fresh mussels in a garlic and olive oil sauce, which gives them an intense and aromatic flavor.


Mejillones al ajillo

Mussels with garlic

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This garlic mussels recipe is a seafood dish that involves cooking fresh mussels in a garlic and olive oil sauce. They are easy to prepare and can be served as a starter or main dish on any occasion. The garlic and olive oil sauce gives them an intense and aromatic flavor that makes them a delight for seafood lovers.

Curse Recipekitchen SeafoodDifficulty Easy
Amount

4

Portions
Preparation

4

minute
cooking

20

minute
Calories

140

kcal

Ingredients:

  • 1 Kg fresh mussels

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 Und Chili pepper (optional)

  • 1/2 Chirrito oliva oil

  • 1/2 Cup Dry white wine

  • 1 Pinch Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 Rama Chopped parsley to decorate

Instructions

  • We start by cleaning the mussels. We place them in a large container with cold water and soak them for about 15 minutes to release any impurities they may have. Then, we remove the beards from the mussels with a knife and let them drain in a colander.
  • Peel the garlic cloves and cut them into thin slices. If you want to add a spicy touch, you can chop the chilli into small pieces.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and chilli (if using) and cook until the garlic is golden and fragrant.
  • Add the mussels to the pan and mix them well with the garlic and chilli. Then, we add the dry white wine and cover the pan with a lid. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes, until the mussels are completely open.
  • Once the mussels are ready, remove any that have not opened and season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  • We serve the garlic mussels immediately, decorating them with chopped parsley to give them a fresh and colorful touch. Ready to enjoy!
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Garlic mussels and health benefits

Garlic mussels can provide several health benefits. Here I leave you some of them:

  • Protein Source: Mussels are a good source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing body tissues.
  • Low in saturated fat: Garlic mussels are relatively low in saturated fat, making them a good option for those who want to reduce their fat intake.
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Mussels are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • High in iron: Mussels are a good source of iron, which is essential for the production of red blood cells and for the transport of oxygen throughout the body.
  • Contains vitamin B12: Mussels are a good source of vitamin B12, which is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.
  • Low in calories: Mussels are relatively low in calories, making them a good option for those who want to control their caloric intake.

Overall, mussels are a healthy and delicious option to include in a balanced diet.

Practical tips:

  • Choose fresh, quality mussels: It is important to select fresh, good quality mussels to obtain the best results. Look for mussels that are tightly closed or that close when touched. If a mussel is open, tap it gently against a hard surface to see if it closes. If it doesn't close, it's probably dead and you shouldn't use it.
  • Clean the mussels well: Before cooking the mussels, it is important to wash them and remove any beards they may have. The beards are fibers that protrude from the mussel and can be unpleasant to eat. To remove them, hold each mussel by the shell and pull the beard away from the shell in a firm motion.
  • Use a large skillet: To cook garlic mussels, it is important to use a large skillet so that the mussels have enough room to open. If you don't have a large enough pan, you can divide the mussels into two batches and cook them separately.
  • Don't overcook mussels: Mussels cook quickly, and it's important not to overcook them to prevent them from drying out or becoming tough. Cook them over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes until they are completely open.
  • Serve the mussels hot: The garlic mussels should be served hot, directly from the pan so that they do not lose their texture or flavor. Accompany the mussels with a little bread to dip in the garlic and olive oil sauce.

I hope these tips are useful to you when preparing your garlic mussels!

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