Thai chili jam mussels and clams

Season :Summer/ Autumn Servings :2 (the chili jam makes more portions Diet :Gluten free Time :60 minutes Difficulty :Medium

This recipe is amazing and different from your classic Moules marinière. You can use the leftover chili jam in loads of different ways, like with grilled chicken, on a bun with sliced pork shoulder or on an avocado toast!


  • 500 gr. of mussels
  • 500 gr. of clams
  • (or 1 kg. of one of the two)
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 8 slices of galangal
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • Small bunch of Thai basil

Chili jam

  • 12 shallots, halved and finely sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 long dried red chillies, finely chopped
  • Big thumb size piece of galangal, finely chopped
  • 200 gr. of palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 150 gr. of tamarind water
  • 3 tbsp. of fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. of shrimp paste
  • Neutral oil (like sunflower)


  1. Start by making the chili jam. Heat a layer of about 3-5 cm of (sunflower) oil in a pot until hot. Separately deep fry the chopped shallots, garlic, chillies, and galangal and fry until golden, keep a close eye on it and take out with a slotted spoon.
  2. Blend everything together in a food processor or a hand blender with a tsp of shrimp paste and use some of the oil to moisten the mixture. Discard the rest of the oil.
  3. Once blended together, bring the mixture back to a boil again and add the palm sugar, fish sauce and tamarind water. Simmer soft until it’s thick, stirring regularly.
  4. Next step is preparing the mussels and clams. Start by giving them a really good wash to remove all the sand. You can only make this recipe using just mussels or clams but make sure you use 1 kg in total.
  5. Bring a thin layer of water in a large pot to a boil and add the bruised stalk of lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and a few slices of galangal and let it simmer for about 3 minutes. Then add the mussel and clams and put a lid on the pot and let it steam until all the shells are opened. Discard the ones that do not open.
  6. When the mussels are cooked mix in a few tablespoons of the chilli jam sprinkle the Thai basil leaves over the dish and serve immediately.



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