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steamed mussels in kaffir lime saffron broth

steamed mussels in a seafood saffron broth infused with kaffir lime create the perfect affordable and elegant dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: seafood
Author: the communal feast


  • 1 lb mussels scrubbed and debearded
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp saffron threads
  • 3 cups seafood broth
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • parsley for garnish
  • serve with baguette


  • Rinse mussels in cold water and scrub clean, discard any mussels that have opened
  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil and cook shallots for 1 minute, add garlic clove and saffron and stir an additional minute. Add broth and lime leaves and bring to a boil, reduce to simmer when boiling.
  • Slowly add the mussels and cover. Remove mussels that have opened and set them aside. Check mussels every 30 seconds as to avoid over cooking. Continue until all the mussels have cooked.
  • Once all the mussels have cooked, increase the heat to medium and stir in the cream to thicken the sauce. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • To serve: Place the mussels in a serving dish and laddle the broth overtop . Serve hot with bread on the side, sprinkle a bit of parsley and enjoy!