Classic mussel fritters

Nici Wickes' delicious mussel fritters recipe is incredibly easy to make and fantastic served with lemon wedges and a herby, creamy mayo sauce. Enjoy for a tasty lunch with friends and family
Mussel fritters

This classic mussel fritters recipe is an absolute winner . An incredibly simple recipe, these mussel fritters are delicious on their own, simply served with some fresh lemon wedges for a fresh zing. Adding a side of this creamy, herby mayo also serves as a perfect condiment. The addition of baking soda to this recipe will ensure you have crispy fritters, every time!




Open the mussels by pouring hot water over them or steaming them in an open pan with a little water. Remove them from their shells and clean, then chop finely or whiz in a food processor, leaving them still a little chunky.


With a fork, whisk together the egg, flour, baking soda, salt and pepper to taste, then the herbs.


Add to the chopped mussels and mix, then chill the mixture for an hour if you have the time.


Heat the oil gently in a heavy-based frying pan and fry large tablespoons of the mixture until golden brown, then turn over and repeat.


Drain on paper towels and serve with lemon wedges.

These mussel fritters are also great served with a sauce of creamy mayonnaise, olive oil and finely chopped coriander. Curry powder can also be added. Although steaming makes them easier to shell, they remain more tender if you just pour boiling water over them – and this way they’re only “cooked” once.


Are mussels good for you?

Mussels (or also known as kutai) are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, are rich in vitamins A and B12 and an excellent source of protein and iron, so are a great addition to your diet.

Are green-lipped mussels only in New Zealand?

Yes! Green-lipped mussels are native to New Zealand shores.

How can you tell if a fresh mussel has gone bad?

Normally the first sign is the smell. If the mussel shell is broken or you notice that the mussel is dry, it’s best to discard them.

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