Mussels and Clams with Lemon Grass Broth and Cilantro

Cooking Recipes Catalogue

Here is a delightful seafood soup that has a light, refreshing citrus flavor from the lemon grass and ginger, with hints of wine and cream. The recipe was created by Suzanne Goin of Luques in Los Angeles, California.

INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):


  • Heat olive oil in a 6-quart saucepot on medium heat. Saute the shallots and garlic until translucent. Add lemon grass and ginger. Cook 1 minute, then add water. Bring to a boil and simmer 3 minutes. Add half of the cilantro, remove saucepot from heat, cover and let broth steep for 5 minutes.
  • Heat broth to a boil. Add wine, salt and pepper. Add clams, cover and simmer 2 minutes. Add mussels, cover and simmer 3 minutes.
  • Add cream and cook 1 minute. When most of the mussels and clams are open, squeeze in juice of 1/2 lemon. Toss in green onions and remaining cilantro. Remove lemon grass stalks before serving.