Aromatic sake steamed mussels

2
25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1kg mussels
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced finely
  • 250ml of sake, Shirataki Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi Pure Rice Wine (Ginjo)
  • 1 tbsp of tamari
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced (or more if liked)
  • 1 handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • oil, for frying

Method

1
Clean and debeard the mussels. Tap any open ones and discard any whose shells do not close. Transfer the mussels to a bowl of salted iced water. A great tip for ensuring a grit-free dish is to scatter a handful of oats over the top of the water and set aside for 45 minutes – the mussels feed off the oats and, in feeding, expel any sand trapped inside their shells
2
In a large pan, soften the garlic in a little oil and stir through the ginger. Pour in the sake and simmer for 5 minutes before adding the tamari
3
Toss in the spring onions and chillies, followed by the mussels. Place a lid on the pan and steam for 3–5 minutes, or until the mussels have opened
4
Take the pan off the heat and scatter over the chopped parsley. Serve immediately in warmed bowls