Sometimes, I like to derail from our usual authentic Mexican appetizers and bring you something else, a homemade appetizer of course but with a twist. I thought I’d share with you these Easy Mexican Asian Baked Mussels as a little change to our love of the “usual” Mexican Appetizer.
Asian Influence in Mexico
First let’s talk a little about Asian influence in Mexico. It is assumed the first Asian in Mexico was in 1540. Brought as a cook slave by a Spaniard to Mexico. Immigration then continued and with that, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Malays and Koreans. Mexico was highly influenced by their cooking as well as other characteristics they brought to Mexico. So today, I’d like to share this easy mexican asian baked mussels recipe with you. Two great cultures intertwined to create this delicious appetizer.
Yes we all know that great mussel recipes exist on the internet today, recipes for mussels are abundant today, from steamed mussels recipe or mussels in white wine and the list goes on….but a great and simple mussel recipe is a little bit harder to find. Why because we all want a quick, yet simple ingredients, but yet, a delicious mussel recipe right?! This mussel recipe could not be any easier. With just a few ingredients, you will have yourself a delicious mussel recipe in 30 minutes or less! This one has 7 ingredients and although that may sound like a lot, I’m sure you have at least 4 of those ingredients in your pantry or fridge already. The other three ingredients? Mussels, panko crumbs and a Japanese gourmet sauce…maybe those aren’t that readily available in your refrigerator but yet simple to acquire at your local supermarket.
Note: I used frozen mussels in their shells I bought from Walmart 🙂 and these were great, but if you have a local fish market near you, that’s even better!
If you are like me, a seafood lover, and/or a seafood recipes lover, then this recipe is for you. If not then you can skip onto another Mexican Appetizers and More, appetizer recipe and enjoy all the other delicious appetizers offered here.
My goal for you is to bring to you delicious Mexican Appetizers but every so often add a little twist. I hope you agree with me, that this one here hit it out of the ball park!
Recipe and pictures to follow ↓
Easy Mexican Asian Baked Mussels
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||20 minutes|
|Total time||30 minutes|
- 1 Pound mussels (could get raw or precooked) (rinsed and debeard)
- 1/2 cup Gourmet Japanese sauce (found in the Asian section of most supermarkets)
- 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon jalapeño (finely chopped)
- 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
- 1 roma tomato (chopped)
- Panko bread crumbs (for topping)
|Whether you are using raw or precooked mussels, rinse and remove any visible "beard" from mussel by pulling it off. If mussels are raw, boil in enough water over medium heat until they just pop open. Discard any mussels that do not open.|
|If mussels are raw, boil them in enough water (about 3 to 4 cups)over medium heat until they just pop open. Discard any mussels that do not open. Note: Mussels that do not open are dead and cannot be eaten. |
Mussels that are precooked are already open and just need to be defrosted in water for 5 minutes and rinsed.
|Discard top shell that does not contain mussel. Disconnect mussel flesh from other shell so they are easier to eat when done. (Look at above picture)|
|Mix jalapeño, onion, tomato and garlic with gourmet japanese sauce.|
|Put mussels on a baking sheet and top each with a teaspoon of mixture and then top each with panko bread crumbs. Broil for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Note: Check them periodically to make sure they are not burning. Serve immediately. Enjoy!|
Remove empty side shell from mussel and discard.
Remove mussel flesh from shell and put back in so its easier to eat when done.
Mix all ingredients together with Gourmet Japanese Sauce.
Mussels filled with mixture and then topped with panko bread crumbs.
Ready to eat! YUMMY!!