Mussels are inexpensive, sustainable and easy to cook. It’s no wonder chefs love to play around with the flavors they use when steaming them.
1. Coconut milk. After sautéing a fragrant garlic-ginger-chile paste, star chef Tyler Florence adds mussels and steams them in coconut milk.
2. Pesto and tomatoes. New York chef Marc Murphy makes white-wine-steamed mussels inspired by the pesto-smothered ones he ate as a kid in southern France.