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Up Your Appetizer Game with These Spicy Marinated Mussels


Ever tried marinated mussels? It's actually a popular snack in New Zealand, but you don't have to travel halfway around the world to get a taste! Try our easy recipe now.

Spicy Marinated Mussels

Spicy Marinated Mussels

Marinated mussels are a wonderfully tart and tasty delicacy and can be prepared with little effort! Simply steam cook the mussels to open the shells, remove the meat and combine with your marinade ingredients for the ultimate easy yet sophisticated hors d'oeuvre.

Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer

  • 2 lbs (1kg) fresh mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 1/2 cup (65g) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) red, white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Add the mussels to a large pot over medium-high heat. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook until the shells have opened, about 8 minutes. Discard any unopened or broken mussels.
  2. When the mussels are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and reserve them in a bowl. Discard the shells.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the olive oil, vinegar, bell peppers, jalapeno, garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  4. Add the de-shelled mussels to the marinade and toss until they're well coated. Transfer the preparation to a sealable jar or container.
  5. Cover and chill in the fridge for a day or two before serving.


Hungry for more? Try this recipe for easy stuffed mussels.

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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