Fish & Seafood

Gingered Mussel Soup

Gingered Mussel Soup |

The fastest and easiest way to ruin any seafood dish is by overcooking. Unlike meat, seafood turns chewy and rubbery with overcooking. And they shrink like anything.

Most people make mussel soup by adding the mussels to the pan before pouring in the water. I don’t. I let the water boil first BEFORE adding the mussels. This way, I don’t overcook the mussels. After the water boils again, it only takes two to three minutes for the mussels to cook completely.

Gingered Mussel Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 3 to 4
Author: CASA Veneracion
  • 1/2 kilogram fresh mussels
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 1-inch knob thumb-sized ginger peeled and julienned
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 6 to 8 cups water
  • patis (fish sauce) (fish sauce), to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • sliced scallions or parsley or cilantro
  1. Wash the mussels under running water. Place in a glass bowl and cover with fresh water. Put in the fridge and soak to expel dirt, changing the water several times (see do mussels and clams need to be soaked before cooking?).
  2. Discard the mussels that do not open. Wash under running water again. Pull out the “beards”. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot. Pour in the cooking oil. Saute the onion until softened. Add the garlic and ginger and continue sautéing until lightly browned.
  4. Pour in the water. Bring to a full boil. Do not lower the heat at this point. Add the cleaned mussels to the boiling water. When the water is boiling again, lower the heat. Season with patis and pepper. Stir. Cover and simmer for two to three minutes. Do not overcook the mussels. Just before turning off the heat, add the chopped greens. Serve at once.

Gingered mussel soup

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