Baked Mussels (Cheesy Baked Tahong)

Baked Mussels recipe turns mussels into a tasty dish and will make everyone happy as a clam! Cheesy baked tahong with cream cheese and mozzarella to spice up any meal.

seafood with cheese in a plate

There are so many ways to cook mussels like my moules marinière French recipe and tinolang tahong of the Filipinos. Baked mussels on the other hand gives other seafood dishes a run for their money!

Creamy, garlicky and molten cheese stuffed mussels that are the perfect appetizer for any meal. You’ll be surprise why such and easy seafood recipe can be so utterly flavorful!

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Picking the right mussels…

When making baked tahong and your on the fence whether to use fresh mussels or half-shelled frozen mussels, don’t worry, either will work great.

Using frozen mussels is convenient especially if they come in half-shells. I highly suggest though that you thaw and boil the mussels before baking. Boiling the mussels will make them moist and will not dry up and shrink when baked.

If you prefer fresh mussels, here are some checklist to guide you when buying:

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Make sure to buy live mussels, shells should be closed tightly. If you find mussels with open shells, gently tap them on the counter, wait a minute, and see if they close.

Discard any mussels that don’t close, or those with chipped or broken shells.

Another way of checking is submerged mussels in water. If they do not open up, it means they’re dead.

Fresh mussels should smell like sea air and the ocean, in other words, fresh. If they smell too fishy don’t buy them.

seafood with cheese and parsley in a plate

Cleaning and preparing fresh mussels

To remove sand and grit from mussels, soak them in cold water with salt for 15 – 20 minutes.

Remove and discard the beard before cooking. Grab beard and firmly pull away from the shell to remove them.

Using a stiff brush, clean the outside shell in running water and remove barnacles with a paring knife.

Remove the top shell by carefully inserting a knife between the lips of the shell and gently twist to open. Pull away top shell.

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Some tips for an amiable experience

Do not over-bake to avoid the mussels from becoming rubbery and shrinking.

To remove the top shell easier for fresh mussels, you can boil them first. Cool them down a bit and just pull the top shell.

baked seafood with cream cheese

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

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Be prepared to be blown away with this easy yet delicious baked mussel recipe! Adieu, MIA

Baked Mussels (Cheesy Baked Tahong)

Baked Tahong recipe turns mussels into a tasty dish and will make everyone happy as a clam! Cheesy baked mussels with cream cheese and mozzarella to spice up any meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword: baked mussels, baked tahong
Servings: 24 baked mussels
Calories:
Author: Mia

Ingredients
 

  • 800 grams or 24 pcs. Mussels frozen
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or use 1 tbsp. powdered garlic
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup mozzarella grated

Instructions

  • In a medium-big pot with enough water add the mussels and boil for about 5 to 10 mins.
  • After boiling completely drain water then arrange the mussels in baking try with parchment paper. Pre- heat oven in 180°C/356°F
  • In a small bowl add the butter and garlic then microwave for 3-4 minutes or until the butter is melted. If you don’t have microwave you can melt the butter and garlic in a pot over a stove-top. Set aside!
  • In another small bowl cream the cream cheese until creamy. Set aside.

Assembly

  • Pour ½ tsp of butter-garlic mixture into mussels then top or spread ½ tsp of cream cheese on top. Sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese then bake in pre heated oven about 20-30 mins or until little bit golden brown.

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