RECIPE: Grilled Mussels with Savoury Breadcrumbs

Made with fresh ingredients and presented on GT Homewares plating, this seafood antipasti mix is ideal for sharing with friends and family. Prepared by Sydney Seafood School and shot by Glenn Tebble Homewares representative, Franz Scheurer, this delicious Italian style dish will keep you satisfied.


Grilled Mussels with Savoury Breadcrumbs - photo credit Franz Scheurer - crop

Serves 4 as an entrée


1kg blue mussels, scrubbed
100g stale sourdough bread, diced
½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 golden shallot, chopped
1 teaspoon sambal oelek (see notes)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Rock salt, for cooking and serving


  1. Place mussels into a wide frying pan. Place over a high heat, cover and cook for a couple of minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until mussels start to open. As each shell opens, remove to a bowl. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, place bread in a food processor and pulse until it crumbs. Add parsley, shallot, sambal oelek and oil and pulse until well combined.
  3. When mussels are cool enough to handle, remove and discard the top shells, discard any beards, loosen mussel meat from bottom shell and set aside (on the half shell) until needed.
  4. Preheat overhead grill in oven and pour a layer of rock salt onto a baking tray.
  5. Mound bread mixture on top of each mussel on the half shell and place on the baking tray. Place under grill for 3-5 minutes until the topping browns.
  6. Spread some rock salt onto a serving platter, arrange mussels on top and serve.


Sambal oelek is an Asian paste of salt and chillies, a quick way to get a chilli kick into any dish, not just Asian ones; substitute 1 small red chilli finely chopped if you prefer.
Alternative species: Pipis, surf clams.


Visit Sydney Seafood School for more great seafood recipes plus cooking tips, answers to FAQs and the full program of Seafood School cooking classes.



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