Baked mussels (tahong), the simple way

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword baked
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 to 4
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 1/2 kilogram fresh mussels
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated garlic
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup your favorite cheese grated
  • extra virgin olive oil


  • Wash the mussels several times. Place in a bowl and cover with water. Place in the fridge and allow to soak for several hours, changing the water every hour or so.
  • Wash the mussels again and pull off the beards. If they had been soaked sufficiently, the beards should come off easily.
  • Place the mussels in a baking tray and pop in a preheated 180oC oven for about three minutes or just until the mussels partially open.
  • Let the mussels cool a bit, then break off the half shells, leaving the meat intact in the other half.
  • Arrange the half shells on a baking tray (a pizza dish was useful), dot with grated garlic (a toothpick is recommended), sprinkle with grated cheese and drizzle with olive oil liberally.
  • Put back in the hot oven and bake for about a minute or just until the cheese melts.