Pan Fried Mussels

Pan Fried Mussels

Photo and text by Panos Diotis and Mirella Kaloglou

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One other way to enjoy mussels is to fry them. It's a bit unusual but it's a very tasty appetizer that will impress you (and your friends)! With this recipe we will achieve a very crunchy crust, without loosing the unique taste of the mussels.


- 400gr/14oz mussels (without shells - you can use jar mussels as well)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon oregano, dry, for the mussels
- 3/4 tablespoon mustard, yellow mild
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 230gr/8.1oz flour (11-12 tablespoons)
- 4 eggs
- 240gr/8.4oz fine bread crumbs
- 180gr/6.3oz semolina
- 1 teaspoon spearmint, dry
- 2 teaspoons oregano, dry
- olive oil (or other vegetable oil) for frying

Preparation: It's better to prepare the ingredients that will be used during frying before you start. You will need one bowl with the flour, one bowl with the eggs (beaten) and one bowl with: the bread crumbs, the samolina, the spearmint and the oregano, mixed.

Wash the mussels and pat them dry using some paper towel. Put the mayonnaise, the mustard, the salt, the pepper and the oregano in a bowl. Mix until the ingredients combine. Add the mussels and softly, using your hands. coat them with the mayo mix. Be careful not to crush the mussels.
Take the mussels one by one and follow this process:
First put them in the bowl with the flour, then dip them in the beaten eggs and finally put them in the bowl with the bread crumbs-samolina mix. Place each mussel on a plate and continue until you prepare all the mussels.
Put some olive oil into a frying pan (about 2cm/0.8inch thick), on medium heat. When the oil is hot, start frying the mussels until golden brown. It takes just a few minutes to fry them, so be very careful not to burn them!<
Remove each mussel and put it on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
They 're now ready to serve. Kali oreksi!


Serve with a few drops of lemon juice and ideally you can have some ouzo along with the dish!

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