Red Prawns and Mussels are slightly spicy and nestled in a creamy paprika tomato sauce – so quick and easy to serve for dinner or as an appetizer
Some years ago (more like a decade plus!), Seafood was considered a luxury meal for us. Although, not the sustainable white fish varieties as those have always been affordable.
Nowadays, seafood are not that expensive anymore. However, red meat prices are going through the roof !
This Red Prawns and Mussels recipe is inexpensive and can be served as an appetizer or as the main meal.
In general we love both Prawns and Mussels, whether each on it’s own or both in one dish.
This is absolutely the perfect dish to serve when entertaining or for a special occasion. Think Valentine’s Day, which is coming up soon !
The recipe is for six adult main meal servings, but can easily be halved or doubled, whichever way you prefer.
You only need 10 to 15 minutes to cook the dish, as marinating (which takes the longest) is done in advance. Also, no need to only marinate the Prawns and Mussels for only 30 minutes.
The longer the better ! This is really the case in most recipes which requires marinating.
Great, especially when you are going to be busy with the appetizer.
Besides, you need a little time between serving the appetizer and the main meal anyway. If serving as an appetizer, then you can even throw together the marinade and seafood during the morning already.
Why is it called Red Prawns and Mussels ?
Two reasons in this dish:
- When most shellfish is cooked, the color changes to red – to me personally it sometimes look more pinkish
- And the most obvious reason, the addition of tomato, in this recipe, tomato paste to be precise
Another reason this is one of the popular dishes to serve on Valentine’s Day ! All things red and pink goes on this special, romantic day.
Shellfish Allergies ?
I am fortunate that no one in my immediate family is allergic to Shellfish, and it is such a pity that so many people are allergic to this tasty, wonderful type of food.
A little more insight to Shellfish allergies: (there are two types of Shellfish)
- Crustaceans – these include Prawns, Shrimp (although in different suborders), Lobster and Crab
- Mollusks – now these include Mussels, Clams, Oysters and even Scallops
Crustaceans causes the most severe allergic reactions. However, many (but NOT all) people can eat the Mollusk type Shellfish, even if they are allergic to the Crustacean types.
I would strongly recommend asking your guests whether anyone is allergic to either ahead of time.
A very creamy, saucy dish which is most wonderful, especially served with toasted Garlic Bread to mop up all the sauce !
Only needs thickening if you really prefer a thicker sauce. We would sometimes thicken the sauce, and on other days enjoy the sauce as is.
Seeing as you only need to decide on the thickness you prefer at the end of cooking, it is up to you whether to thicken or not. And besides it only takes an additional minute or two of cooking.
More Seafood recipes you might like:
- Mussels in Lemon Garlic-Butter Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Prawns with Sticky Rice
- Curry Shrimp Sub
- Pistachio Baked Salmon
- Creamy Shrimp Tortellini Soup
Red Prawns and Mussels
- 1/3 cup Olive Oil, extra-virgin
- 3 TB Tomato Paste
- 1 t Chili Flakes
- 2 t Garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
- 450 g Prawn Meat, defrosted if frozen ( 1 pound )
- 450 g Half Shell Mussels, defrosted if frozen ( 1 pound )
- 1 t Salt, or to taste
- 1 TB Cornflour (Cornstarch)
- 2 TB Water
- 2 TB Parsley, chopped
- 1 Lemon, sliced into wedges
- Combine the Oil, Tomato Paste, Chili Flakes, Garlic and Lemon Juice in a small bowl - mix well
- Place the Prawn Meat and Mussels in a marinating bowl - pour over the sauce and marinate for 30 minutes
- Heat a wok with a little Oil - transfer the Prawn and Mussel mixture (with the marinade) and stir-fry until firm and fully cooked - season with Salt
- OPTIONAL: (for a thicker sauce) Combine the Cornflour and Water - pour into the Prawn and Mussels - stir-fry another 1 - 2 minutes or until sauce has thickened
- Transfer to a serving bowl - sprinkle over the Parsley and serve with Lemon wedges
- over rice or pasta
- with Garlic bread
- add a side salad or vegetable if you prefer
Amount Per Serving Calories 250.8 Total Fat 16g Saturated Fat 2.6g Unsaturated Fat 12g Carbohydrates 5.1g Fiber 1g Sugar 1.9g Protein 21.9g
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