Things I have been cooking lately #103: Moroccan mussels with sun-dried tomato toasties

This is another awesome recipe that I have adapted from Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals. I have never cooked mussels from scratch before because I have always found them a little intimidating but this recipe is quick, easy and the results were delicious.

Moroccan mussels with sun-dried tomato toasties
Adapted from Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals

For the mussels

2kg fresh mussels
2 tablespoons harissa paste
4 cloves garlic
2 preserved lemons
2 tins chopped tomatoes
A pinch of saffron
A bunch of fresh coriander

For the toasties

1 ciabatta loaf
2 – 4 tablespoons of sun-dried tomato paste

For the tzatziki

1/2 a cucumber
4 tablespoons of natural yoghurt
Half a bunch of mint

Olive oil

First clean the mussels. You should rinse them thoroughly with cool water and throw out any that are broken or don’t close when gently tapped. Also pull out any beards.

Then put a large roasting tray over a medium heat. Pour in a little olive oil and then crush in the garlic, add the harissa and cook for a few minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes, safron, finely chopped preserved lemons, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Add the mussels and cover with a double-layer of foil to steam for 5 – 6 minutes.

While this is happening put your griddle pan over a medium heat. Cut the ciabatta in half horizontally and then vertically so you have 4 “batons”. Gently grill the batons in the pan and then spread with the sun-dried tomato paste.

Grate the cucumber into a bowl and add a good pinch of salt. The squeeze the cucumber to get rid of the excess water. Add the yoghurt and the finely chopped mint. Stir well.

Remove the foil from the mussels. If any mussels have not opened, discard them. Sprinkle the chopped coriander over the top and serve with the ciabatta batons and tzatziki for dipping.

Serves 4



  1. I have never tried mussels. I don’t find their color appealing. This does sound like it would be good, though.

    1. Abbi

      They are a bit of an acquired taste but if you like seafood generally I think you’ll enjoy them and they really work well with tomato and spicy flavours.

  2. Mmm, looks lovely. I’ve only cooked muscles when on holiday, I definitely should try them at home. This looks like a great summer dish!

    1. Abbi

      I think it would work really well for a big group as well where everyone could share. Like for a summer party 🙂

  3. OMG! I’m drooling! 🙂 This looks delish!!

    1. Abbi

      It was really tasty and surprisingly filling.

  4. Yum! I don’t think I’ve ever had mussels, except in paella, but this looks absolutely delicious!

    1. Abbi

      It was so tasty and quick. I would very much recommend trying it.

  5. Theo

    This looks delicious! I love mussels and will try it..!
    But… no garlic in the tzatziki..???! Jamie, this is mandatory..!
    Looks like his recipe for the tzatziki is the recipe for indian raita, which is equally flavourful, but with mint no garlic, while tzatziki has no mint and is full of garlic. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      That was my fault not Jamie’s. Oops!!

  6. Oh this sounds just perfect!

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