Springtime is just another reason for me to start creating super simple, and healthy seafood dishes. Farmer’s markets are open once again, and abundant with fresh produce. To prepare this chilled seafood dish, fresh varieties of tomatoes are simply marinated in lime juice and olive oil and used to create a fabulous topping for these steamed and chilled mussels. The flavor of this Chilled Mussels with Fresh Tomatoes shellfish dish screams fresh and bright, with zero guilt.
Naturally, I created a short video on TikTok showing you how to prepare this seafood appetizer. Be sure to check out the video in the recipe below. If you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.
LET’S TALK MUSSELS
Mussels are bivavle (two parts that close tightly together) sea creatures that have black, elongated shells. They are a type of shellfish than can be eaten in its entirety. These yummy shellfish can be found in both salt, and freshwater.
When choosing the right mussels for this Chilled Mussels with Fresh Tomatoes recipe, go for ones on the larger side.
How to store fresh (uncooked mussels)
Although uncooked mussels can last up to five days in the fridge, it’s best to use them within two days of purchase. Check on the mussels daily to drain off any accumulated liquid.
How to clean mussels
Although most mussels you find at your local fish market or grocery store are fairly clean, I do recommend soaking them in cold water for a few minutes. This will help to ensure the removal of any leftover sand and/or grit. After a few minutes, rinse well and reserve in fridge until ready to use.
Additionally, pull off any “beard” that may be protruding from the shell. Although the beard is edible, the texture may not be palatable. To debeard a mussel, tug on the hair-like fiber and move side to side until it releases.
Be sure to discard any mussels that are open or cracked (dead mussels can make you sick). Mussels should smell like the sea. So, be sure to toss any that have a foul odor.
How to cook mussels
Mussels are easier to cook than you may think. In fact, it only takes under a minute for mussels to steam open. They are a perfect main ingredient for a quick and easy preparation. Steam or grill mussels for ease and tenderness.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUSSELS AND CLAMS
Although clams and mussels are both bivalve mollusks, they are not the same type of shellfish. Clams have far more nutrients. However, mussels contain a lot less sodium.
Feel free to substitute clams for the mussels in this shellfish recipe. Additionally, prepare this seafood dish using both clams and mussels.
TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST CHILLED MUSSELS WITH FRESH TOMATOES APPETIZER
Use these helpful tips when making this fabulous, quick and easy seafood appetizer:
- larger sized mussels will work better in this shellfish recipe
- fresh farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes can be substituted with Roma tomatoes
- tiny dice both the tomatoes and chili pepper
- prepare the fresh tomatoes first in order to allow them to marinate
- remove the mussels from the saucepan into the ice bath as soon as they open (this will ensure the mussels do not overcook and become rubbery)
- discard mussels that are open or cracked prior to steaming and any mussels that fail to open during steaming
CAN YOU STORE LEFTOVER COOKED MUSSELS
Leftover Chilled Mussels with Fresh Tomatoes? To maximize the shelf life for safety and quality, remove the mussels from the shell and combine with the fresh diced tomato salad. Refrigerate the mussels and tomatoes in a shallow airtight container.
Cooked mussels in the shell should be wrapped tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Properly stored, cooked mussels will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.Print
LET’S GET SOCIAL!
I am more than just recipes. I love fashion and style too! Most importantly, I love my Family (my Hubby and my Fur Babies). My Husband (aka my “Kitchen Bitch”) means the world to me. He’s pretty damn cool too. Not only is he one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, he also has had a lengthy career in professional hockey. Not only winning two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the early ’90’s, but most recently winning the Calder Cup with the Charlotte Checkers, amongst many other accolades. If you live in Charlotte and play hockey, or have a family member who plays, be sure to contact him!
Our life has changed dramatically in the past few years with the passing of our two goldendoodles, Vegas and Viva. We were lucky enough to have Vegas for five years (totally wish it was longer). Most recently, losing our Viva to a brain tumor in July of 2020. We welcomed our mini goldendoodle 7, almost seven years ago. We just added the amazing Hazel! Of course, I am always posting tons and tons of photos! Be sure to check out my recipe for Pet Bone Broth! This broth is super rich in nutrients and will provide your pet with a multitude of health benefits!
Be sure to follow me on social media! I’m always talking food, fashion, and family! I also love sharing some of my favorite Amazon Finds too. Click here to check out my Amazon page! Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Pinterest! THANK YOU!