Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Chilli and Garlic Mussels with Ramen Noodles

I was given a gift of Sake over Christmas and wanted to put it to good use. I wanted to make a seafood dish that was packed with flavour while not costing the earth. This dish is ready in a matter of minutes, just the way I like it!

Chilli and Garlic Mussels with Ramen Noodles

Preparation: 5 mins
Cooking: 10 mins

Portion Control:
Serves 2

175g of pre-cooked and shelled mussels
3 garlic cloves crushed or chopped finely
1 large red chilli (seeds included)
A few splashes of Sake
2 tablespoons of mirin
100g of ramen noodles
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
Small bunch of fresh chopped coriander leaves
10-15 grilled cashew nuts

  • Add the ramen noodles to a bowl containing hot boiled water. Cover with plate and leave to one side.The noodles should be drained after 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pour the sesame oil into a medium sized frying pan.
  • Add the chilli and crushed garlic to the frying pan and cook until fragrant.
  • Add the mussels to the pan and stir around for approximately 30 seconds.
  • Add a few splashes of Sake, ensuring the mussels are soaking up the liquid.
  • Increase the temperature so the liquid starts to bubble for about 2 minutes.  
  • Add the mirin to the mixture in the frying pan.
  • Stir the mixture, seasoning with salt as required.
  • After draining the noodles, add them to the frying pan and toss them around ensuring they are coated in the liquid for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Serve evenly onto two warm plates.
  • Finish off with fresh coriander and grilled cashew nuts.
If you try this dish, I'd love to know what you thought or how you altered it!

Bon Appétit!


  1. garlic, chilli and coriander - I love these flavours and I'm sure they go really well with the mussels - I've never thought to use them in anything like this so it's a great idea.

  2. Hi Corina,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.
    Yes, these flavours make a perfect combination and appear regularly in my meals ;-)
    Just stopped by your blog - I'm loving your steamed pork dumplings recipe!