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Mussels with Chorizo and Cream

Mussels with Chorizo and Cream

Turn up the heat with this Spanish inspired sea-food dish! Serve this fiery, yet easy dish as a mains or starter using fresh or frozen mussels, clams or shrimp.
Prep Time 20 minutes
20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Fish, Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • 1 paella pan or wok


  • 1.5 kg fresh mussels (cleaned) 1kg clams or 500gr frozen mussels
  • 100 gr chorizo cubed
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 3-4 garlic gloves
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 400 ml vegetable, chicken or seafood stock
  • 2 tbps unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 100 ml cream
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes or fresh chilli (option for extra hot)
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • salt & freshly ground pepper for seasoning


  • clean fresh mussels or clams well under cold water, discard any open or broken ones.
  • if using frozen seafood, defrost according to instructions in a colander and rinse well
  • add the olive oil to a large pan or paella pan, add the shallots and fry for 2-3 minutes until translucent
  • add the chorizo and fry until the oil turns to a rich orange and the fat has cooked out of the chorizo.
  • add the garlic and the the butter. cook garlic for max 30 seconds - 1minute to prevent it from burning
  • deglaze with white wine and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the stock, cream and lemon, if using.
  • reduce the liquid for a few minutes then add the mussels (or other sea-food. Add a lid to the pan (optional). Cook until the mussels (clams) have opened. if using defrosted seafood, bring liquid back to boil once the sea-food is added, and cook for 3-4 minutes. If using shrimp, cook until the shrimp have turned pink.


  •            combine Mussels and clams
  •            Omit the chorizo for a less spicy dish
  •            rosemary instead for a rich aromatic flavour.
  •            serve as a main or starter dish
  •            serve with fresh crusty bread for mopping up the sauce (It's     the best bit!)                        
Keyword Health Food, Mussels, One-pan-dish, Sea-food, Spanish

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