This soup (or stew) is easy to make, loaded with flavor, low carb friendly and it also delivers 665 mg of heart-healthy omega 3s. That’s a lot to pack into a simple dinner recipe! The coconut-curry broth gives seafood dishes that could potentially be bland a punch of creamy, rich flavor, and would work well with just about any fish or seafood. I happened to pick mussels because they were in my freezer and waiting to be used. This dish of Low Carb Mussels with Coconut Curry Broth ended up as the perfect foil for the mussels!
This Low Carb Dish does not Require Rice for a Complete Dinner
I first had mussels and curry broth together at a restaurant called Thai Basil in Denver, Colorado. They served it with a huge bowl of rice on the side of course, but the curry was so rich and full of flavor that the rice was easy to ignore. I find that to be the case in most of the Thai, Mexican and Asian restaurants that I visit. Rice is not compliant with a low carb, slow carb or keto lifestyle but a dish that is prepared with a knowledge of spice blends and classic flavor combinations really needs no rice to complete it. In fact, I find the rice often just mutes the glorious, sometimes delicate flavors of the dish.
Sometimes with meat proteins, a long slow cooking process is required to really enhance the texture and flavor of the dish. The nice thing about fish and some of the bright, spicy sauces that often accompany fish dishes is the length of cooking time needed to get the desired flavor is minimal.
Next time I make this low carb mussels with coconut curry broth for dinner I will probably add some white fish (halibut, cod, etc.) to get a little more protein and add a little more texture. The broth is rich enough on its own however to make a completely satisfying weeknight dinner.
Recipe: Low Carb Mussels with Coconut Curry Broth
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 heaping tsp minced garlic (I used garlic from a jar)
- 1 heaping Tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 tsp curry paste (you can use curry powder if you wish)
- 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed (either in grinder or with mortar/pestle)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or any other hot pepper spice)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 14-oz can coconut milk (AROY-D is good brand, you can use lite if you want- I did not)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (dry red wine is OK also)
- 2 lbs. mussels (I used frozen mussels – Bantry Bay Brand)
- chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
- Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 min, or until translucent.
- Add tomatoes, garlic, ginger, curry paste or powder, fennel seeds, cayenne and salt; cook a few minutes until well blended and heated throughout.
- Add coconut milk and wine, bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes
- Add the mussels, cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook for a few minutes until mussels have opened (about 4 min).
- Serve garnished with cilantro.
- CAL 311
- FAT 14 G
- CARBS 17 G
- SUGAR 3 G
- PROTEIN 23 g
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