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Stir-Fried Mussels with Basil Recipe

Stir-Fried Mussels with Basil Recip

Stir-Fried Mussels with Basil Recipe

This popular dish is often found on the menus of seafood restaurants in Taiwan. Basil is commonly used in Taiwanese stir-fries and its amazing fragrance goes well with shellfish.

Ingredients :

  • 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) mussels
  • Cooking oil, as needed
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 30 g (1 oz) ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 40 g (11/3 oz) garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 60 g (21/4 oz) basil


  • 4 Tbsp thick soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/tsp sesame oil

Method :

  1. Soak the mussels in a basin of cold water for at least 20 minutes for them to expel any sand or grit. Remove the mussels from the water, being careful not to stir up the sand or grit. Scrub the mussels and remove the beards. Rinse well. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the spring onions, chilli, ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 5–10 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Add the mussels and stir-fry for 1 minute. Cover with a lid and leave to cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the seasoning and cook over high heat until the liquid has reduced.
  5. Add the basil and stir-fry for 10 seconds.
  6. Dish out and serve immediately.

Serves 4


Source :
Family Favourites – Classic Street Foods – Popular Snacks
by : Tsung-Yun Wan


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