Jaden Hair’s approachable recipes have brought fast, fresh, and tasty dishes to dinner tables time and time again with her wildly popular Steamy Kitchen blog, and the accessible and exciting Asian food in her forthcoming book Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites (Ten Speed Press, February 2013)—all flavor-packed, naturally gluten-free, and including little to no meat—is no exception. The warm, comforting broth that accompanies these mussels from the book is made from Japanese sake, with loads of aromatics like ginger, shallots, garlic, and Thai basil.

Sake-steamed Mussels

Sake-Steamed Mussels

from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair

Serves 4

2 pounds fresh mussels

11/2 cups sake or dry white wine

2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 shallot, sliced into very thin rings

1 handful fresh basil leaves

Scrub the mussels under cool water, discarding any with broken or cracked shells.

Heat a large sauté pan, deep soup pot, or wok over high heat with the sake, ginger, garlic, and shallots. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the mussels and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the mussels open.

Toss in the basil and serve immediately.

For more recipes from Jaden’s new book, check out the Scribd excerpt below–and don’t miss the trailer at the top of the post, made by the wonderful White on Rice Couple!

Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair – Recipes and Excerpt by TheRecipeClub