Taylor Shellfish Farms Marinated Mussels

The following recipe and text provided courtesy of Taylor Shellfish Farms. Be sure to visit Oyster Bill at the Market for all your local shellfish needs. Taylor Shellfish Farms Mediterranean mussels (left) and Manila clams at Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Mussels have traditionally been a delicacy in Europe, yet in America they were a shellfish connoisseur's best kept secret. Well, the secret is out and worldwide demand has increased dramatically.

Mix together:

  • The juice of one lemon
  • 2 tblsp. roasted sesame butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar or honey
  • 1 pkg. dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1 tablsp. chopped basil
  • 4-5 lbs. Mediterranean Mussels

Steam mussels until open. Drain and remove meat from the shell (saving the shells for later). Combine mussels in prepared sauce and marinate in refrigerator until ready to serve. Place the marinated mussels back in the shells, garnish they tray and serve.

Note: Roasted sesame butter (Tahini) can be purchased at many grocery stores.