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Crispy Tahong (Mussels) in Garlic Butter Sauce

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Crispy tahong (mussels) in garlic butter sauce

Crispy tahong (mussels) in garlic butter sauce

Tasty Filipino Pulutan Recipe

Tahong, or mussels, are one of the most popular types of shellfish in the Philippines. Aside from its delicious taste, it's relatively inexpensive at P100 (around $2) per kilo.

Filipinos usually enjoy eating mussels in soups (e.g., sinabawang tahong) or as a pulutan (snack). This simple recipe for crispy tahong in garlic butter sauce is an example of a popular pulutan. Try it with a glass of cold beer or a cocktail.


For the tahong:

  • 1 large egg (use egg white only)
  • 1 cup tahong (mussels), cooked and unshelled
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • cooking oil, for deep-frying

For the garlic butter sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced


For prep:

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  • 1 medium bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • 1 medium plate
  • 1 measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

20 min

35 min

2 to 4 servings


  1. Remove the tahong meat from the shells. Wash and drain well. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the egg white, cornstarch, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined. Dredge the mussels pieces into the mixture.
  3. In a pot, heat the oil. Deep-fry the mussels until golden brown.
  4. Remove from the heat. Transfer to a fry rack to drain the excess oil. Set aside.
  5. In a pan, fry the garlic in butter. Add a little oil to prevent the butter from burning. Once it is ready, toss the fried mussels until all pieces are coated. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Tips and Techniques

  • To expel sand from the mussels, soak the mussels in a bowl of salted water.
  • Use scissors to remove the mussel beard.
  • Use a paring knife to remove the mussel meat.
  • Removing the mussel meat will be easier if you cook the mussels first in boiling seasoned water.
  • Do not overcook the mussels. Doing so will cause the mussels to release all of their juices and shrink.
  • Use readily available crispy coating mix.
  • You can experiment by adding other seasonings to the dredging mixture.
Crispy mussels in garlic butter

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