Curried Cod and Mussels

Chef Way Alain Ducasse cooks mussels, then removes the top half of each shell before serving them with haddock and a curry sauce with mussel jus.Easy Way Home cooks can serve the mussels with both of their shells and replace the haddock with easier-to-find cod. More French Main Courses

Curried Cod and Mussels
Photo: © Johnny Valiant
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms

  • 3/4 cup boiling water

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup minced shallots (about 1 large)

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, finely diced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 pound skinless cod fillets—bones removed, fish cut into 2-inch chunks

  • Crusty bread, for serving


  1. Soak the porcini in the boiling water until softened, 10 minutes. Strain the mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid, and rinse to remove any grit. Finely chop.

  2. In a large pot, heat the oil. Add the shallots, apple, garlic, curry powder, thyme sprigs and porcini and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the shallots are softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the mussels and toss. Add the wine. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over high heat until the mussels have opened, 3 minutes. Add the cream and 1/2 cup of the porcini soaking liquid, stopping before you reach the grit. Bring to a simmer. Nestle the cod in the broth, cover and cook until the fish lightly flakes, 4 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs. Transfer the cod and mussels to large bowls and spoon the broth on top. Serve with crusty bread.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy Sauvignon Blanc.

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