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Marinated Mussels

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When I set foot here in New Zealand I was introduced with this simple yet lovely appetizer called marinated mussels. It is a dish where mussels is marinated in a spice infused lemon and olive oil, served cold this is dish to pair with wine or even beer.


  • 1 kg mussels
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large red chillies, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • olives (optional, garnish)


  1. Cook mussels by placing it in a streamer and cooked until shells have opened. Once cooked set aside to let it cool.
  2. Remove mussels from shells then set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine olive oil, cider vinegar, tomato, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, parsley, red chillies, and garlic.
  4. Place in a container together with the mussels, making sure mussels are covered with the marinade. Chill before serving.