Mmm, mussel fritters. A kiwi staple. Bit like whitebait fritters but a whole lot gruntier. This NZ mussel fritter recipe is soooo easy. Bonus. And this recipe is a great mix of protein, fats and complex carbohydrates.
About Mussel Fritters:
NZ Mussel sizes are quite variable but, as a rough guide, 1kg of farmed green-lipped mussels (15-20) will yield 250-300g of mussel meat. The mussels should be scrubbed well under cold running water (discard any that don’t close) then steamed open in a little water in a pan with a tight-fitting lid. Give the mussels plenty of heat and remove them from the pan in batches as they open. Its easier to remove the beards after the shells have opened.
To make Mussel Fritters, you need:
250g mussel meat (15-20 NZ Mussels)
2 eggs, separated
¼ cup each: flour, milk
1 large handful parsley, finely chopped
1 large spring onion, finely sliced
Vegetable oil for frying
The Mussel Fritter Recipe:
Mince or finely chop the mussel meat – a food processor is fine for this purpose. Combine egg yolks, flour and milk to make a batter. Mix in the minced mussels, parsley and spring onion. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk egg whites until stiff and fold in. heat enough oil in a frying pan to shallow-fry the fritters. Use a dessertspoon to measure dollops of mixture into the hot oil. Cook on both sides over medium heat until fritters are crispy brown and cooked through. Serve with a crisp Kiwi salad made of cherry tomatoes and crispy lettuce with lemon cheeks, wedges or a lemon mayonnaise.
Makes 12 mussel fritters, serves 4-6
Leigh Elder, founder of Eat For Keeps, says “This Mussel Fritters and Salad recipe has a unique mussel flavour and is a great mix of protein, fats and complex carbohydrates”.