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Fried Mussels Recipe (Hoi Tod)

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This Thai fried mussels recipe, or hoi tod, makes a delicious Thai seafood meal that’s both easy and delicious. It’s the perfect dish for a quick or light meal, made with a crispy fried egg and lots of fresh bean sprouts.

Fried mussels, hoi tod, served with Thai chili sauce.

This recipe with mussels is the latest in my collection of Thai seafood recipes. Before any seafood dish goes on my blog, my grandmother gives it a thumbs up. She’s a big seafood lover, with pad ped talay and this mussel dish being some of her favorites.

What is hoi tod

Hoi tod is a classic Thai dish with crispy fried batter mixed with fresh mussels or oysters, fried with egg, and served with bean sprouts. It’s looks like a seafood pancake and is a popular street food option in Thailand.


In Thai language, hoi is mussels or oysters, and tod means fried.

Stir-fried mussels

This fried mussel recipe is super easy and perfect for anyone who loves cooking at home. It’s full of delicious Thai flavors but doesn’t take much time to make. It feels like a fancy meal, even if it’s quick to put together.

You can cook it for a Sunday lunch or as a special dish during the busy weeknights. Honestly, it’s great for any time and it fits every occasion.

In my opinion, it’s best as a snack or side dish with other Thai food. If you love seafood, try it with yum talay, a spicy Thai seafood soup. For noodles, I think it’s perfect with a classic chicken pad Thai and homemade pad Thai sauce.

Hoi tod Thai fried mussels served.

Making this mussels recipe is easy, but getting the batter right is crucial.

We start by mixing up a batter and then add in the mussels. This mix goes into a hot pan. Next, we crack some eggs over it and sprinkle on green onions and coriander. After cooking it on both sides until it’s crispy, it’s ready to eat!

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Ingredients for fried mussels recipe labeled: vegetables, mussels, ice-cold water, eggs, tapioca starch, golden mountain sauce, salt, white pepper, tempura flour.
  • Mussels or oysters – You can make hoi tod with either mussels or oysters.
  • Eggs – The eggs fluff up when fried and are signature to this dish.
  • Tapioca starch – Rice flour and tapioca starch creates a light and airy batter that crisps up nicely.
  • Tempura flour – For an extra crispy batter.
  • Ice-cold water – This ensures the batter fries up extra crispy.
  • Golden mountain seasoning sauce – This is a type of Thai soy sauce. You can find it at Asian grocery stores, Asian markets, or at Amazon.
  • White pepper
  • Salt
  • Bean sprouts – An essential ingredient in hoi tod that you shouldn’t skip is bean sprouts. They’re key to this Thai dish, adding a unique crunch and flavor!
  • Green onions
  • Coriander
  • Oil – Use a neutral oil with high smoke point, like canola oil or vegetable oil.

Cooking instructions

Batter prepared in a clear bowl.

Step 1: In a bowl, combine tapioca starch, tempura flour, salt, white pepper, and golden mountain sauce. Gradually mix in ice-cold water until smooth. Allow this batter to sit for 10 minutes.

Mussels in batter in a clear bowl.

Step 2: Mix the mussels into the batter.

Hoi tod prepared in a pan.

Step 3: Heat oil in a flat frying pan over medium heat until hot. Pour the mussel batter into the pan.

Mussels batter topped with raw eggs in a pan.

Step 4: Crack eggs over the batter. Gently spread the egg yolks and sprinkle with coriander and green onions. Cook and flip to brown the other side.

Fried mussels omelette ready in a pan.

Step 5: Continue flipping the omelette until it’s golden and crispy on both sides. Once done, remove from your pan.

Bean sprouts being fried in a pan.

Step 6: In the same pan, fry the bean sprouts until they’re softened to your liking. Once ready, transfer them onto a serving dish and add the fried egg on top. Enjoy!

Kitchenware

  • Mixing bowl for preparing the batter
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Spatula or stirring tool
  • Wok or frying pan

Thai mussel recipe tips and tricks

Avoid overcrowding: Cook in batches if needed. The batter needs some space in the pan to puff up.

Fresh seafood: I like to start with fresh, high-quality pre-shelled mussel meat. If you can’t find it fresh, you can use frozen, thawed in the fridge before using.

How to serve hoy tod

Serve hoi tod immediately for the best texture. Feel free to sprinkle some more bean sprouts on top for extra crunch and try pairing it with Thai hot sauce. You can serve it on its own as a snack, with steamed jasmine rice, or with other light side-dishes like som tum Thai (Thai papaya salad).

Storing and reheating Thai mussel omelette

Storing: Let your leftover Thai mussels cool to room temperature and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Reheating: Reheat in a pan over medium heat until it’s warm. Avoid the microwave.

Frequently asked questions

What do mussels taste like?

Mussels have a slightly sweet, ocean-like flavor. They’re not fishy but have a fresh taste that reminds you of the sea. When cooked, they become tender and juicy.

Are pan-fried mussels spicy?

Pan-fried mussels can be spicy if you add spicy ingredients like chili peppers. But if you don’t add spicy stuff, they won’t be spicy.

What to serve with Thai mussels?

Thai mussels can be served with steamed rice or noodles to soak up the delicious sauce. Adding a fresh salad or some stir-fried vegetables can complete your meal.

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Stir Fried Mussels Recipe (Hoi Tod)

Fried mussels, hoi tod, served with Thai chili sauce.
A quick and easy Thai stir-fried mussels recipe, also known as hoi tod. Made with eggs and bean sprouts.
Praew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Side Dish, Snack
Serving Size 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mussel meat see notes
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons tempura flour
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup ice-cold water
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon golden mountain sauce see notes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 0.35 ounces green onions & coriander mix
  • 5 tablespoons oil

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine tapioca starch, tempura flour, salt, white pepper, and golden mountain sauce. Gradually mix in ice-cold water until smooth. Allow this batter to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the mussels into the batter.
  • Heat oil in a flat frying pan over medium heat until hot. Pour the mussel batter into the pan.
  • Crack eggs over the batter. Gently spread the egg yolks and sprinkle with coriander and green onions. Cook and flip to brown the other side.
  • Continue flipping the omelette until it's golden and crispy on both sides. Once done, remove from your pan.
  • In the same pan, fry the bean sprouts until they're softened to your liking. Once ready, transfer them onto a serving dish and add the fried egg on top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Mussels or oysters - You can make hoi tod with either mussels or oysters.
  • Rosdee seasoning powder - This is a popular Thai seasoning powder. It’s a mix of salt, sugar, and spices that enhances the flavors of the chicken. You can find it at Asian grocery stores, Asian markets, or Amazon.

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