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Fast & Easy Dinner: Mussels With Sherry, Saffron, and Paprika

Fast & Easy Dinner: Mussels With Sherry, Saffron, and Paprika

When you need a meal in a hurry, turn to shellfish: most kinds (mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp) only need 10 minutes to cook. In this recipe, mussels are steamed in a fragrant sauce seasoned with shallots, tomatoes, saffron, and paprika. Serve with crusty bread for mopping the broth, a crisp green salad, and a glass of chilled white wine. It's a luxurious meal that won't break the bank — perfect for ringing in the weekend!

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Mussels With Sherry, Saffron, and Paprika

Mussels With Sherry, Saffron, and Paprika

Mussels With Sherry, Saffron, and Paprika


  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 cup sliced shallots (4 to 5 large)
  3. 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  4. 3/4 cup dry Sherry
  5. 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice (preferably fire-roasted)
  6. 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
  8. 3 dozen mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  9. 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add Sherry, tomatoes with juice, paprika, and saffron; sprinkle with salt and generous amount of pepper. Bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium; boil gently 3 minutes to blend flavors. Add mussels and half of parsley; cover and cook until mussels open, about 3 minutes (discard any mussels that do not open). Stir in remaining parsley.
  4. Divide mussels and juices among bowls and serve.

Serves 2.

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audrina audrina 8 years
This looks really yummy. It reminds me of a dish that I serve at my restaurant. We also add Florida Mahi, scallops and schrimp to it as well. Sauce a little bit different (more of a tomato garlic broth) , but wonderfully made!!!!
chubbieecheeks chubbieecheeks 8 years
Hey guys, they sell saffron at Trader Joe's (if there's one near you) for about $3 for ~1 tsp. I know I know, it's not a lot, but gets the job done.
Food Food 8 years
Trader Joe's does carry a really affordable (under $4) Spanish saffron. That could be an option, too.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Thanks Party!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Thanks Party!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Oh sorry guys I totally forgot about the saffron! I was thinking of the mussels. I think it would be okay to make it without the saffron.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Not a big fan of mussels, so I don't think this recipe will fly. But I do agree that simple shellfish is a good alternative and quick easy dinner. Boil shrimp with a zist of lemon and a salad. Yummy.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I was wondering if there may be any sutible subs for the safforn (since its out of my price range right now)? Everything else sounds so yummy and I love shellfish in broth-y sauces wit crusty bread.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
What do you mean it won't break the bank? Saffron is ridiculously expensive, not too mention near impossible to find in many areas. Does look delicious though.
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