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Sambal Mussels

Sambal Mussels

In Sumatra, this dish has neither peppers nor tomatoes- just hot chilies that are eaten just like vegetables. Frozen green mussels work well with this recipe, you only have to cook them in advance.


  • 1 kg coooked mussels
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 fresh Thai chilies (or more, to taste), sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Sumatra curry, ground
  • 20 basil leaves
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 lime (zest and juice)
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. palm sugar or brown sugar


  1. 1

    Wash the mussels well.

  2. 2

    Heat oil in a pot. Sautée the shallots, garlic, pepper, spices, basil, pepper, and 1 tsp. grated lime zest.

  3. 3

    When it begins to let its fragrance, add the tomato, salt and sugar. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the mussels and lime juice. Cook for another 2 minutes until the mussels are heated through.