"Mejillones a la Marinera"
Spanish Mussels in Seaman's Style
During our trip to Spain this summer we had Mejillones a la Marinera in several tapas bars and restaurants, and they were absolutely delicious. These Mussels in Seaman's Style are served as a tapa at the bar, or as an appetizer in a restaurant.
There are many variations on this Spanish recipe, and just as many ways of presentation. The main ingredients of the Marinera sauce are onion, garlic and tomato. For this fast mussels recipe we use the Sofrito, a Spanish basic sauce that we made in advance, and which we also use for the preparation of paellas, for example.
Spanish Mussels in Seaman's Style: Mejillones a la Marinera
For this mussels tapas recipe you will need the following ingredients:
(Tapa for 4 persons)
|Mussels, cooked (for example basic recipe "al Vapor");|
|Cooking Liquid of the Mussels, strained;|
|Sofrito (made in advance);|
|Black Pepper, freshly ground;|
|Parsley, chopped very fine;|
|Lemon or Lime, cut in quarters;|
|Bread (for dipping ;o);|
We cooked these mussels following the basic recipe "al Vapor", we then removed one of the two shells of each mussel. The result is a delicious mussel in its own natural spoon!
The Salsa a la Marinera is a mix of the Base de Sofrito and the own juices of the mussels, with ground black pepper and finely chopped parsley added.
Spanish Mussels a la Marinera Preparation
The preparation method of this Spanish mussels recipe is really quite quick and easy:
Cook the mussels following the basic recipe "al Vapor", allow them to cool down a bit, and remove one of the shells of each mussel;
Mix the sofrito through the liquid of the cooked mussels, add some freshly ground black pepper and finely chopped parsley, and bring to the boil for a few seconds while stirring constantly;
Arrange the cooked mussels on a plate or shallow dish;
Pour the warm sauce over the mussels;
Serve with some lemon or lime, and add some fresh and crispy bread!
Mejillones a la Marinera - Served as a tapa.
These Mejillones a la Marinera taste very good when served cold, but of course they will be at their best when still warm!
Tapas in the Real World...
Mejillones a la Marinera in Spanish Restaurants
We have often eaten these Mejillones a la Marinera in Spain. To give you an idea of the different ways of presentation in Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, here's some pictures taken in the real world:
Mejillones a la Marinera as served in Restaurant El Yate in l'Escala - Delicious!
Mejillones a la Marinera as served in Restaurant El Caliu in Sant Pere Pescador - Delicious!