Clean mussels by brushing the outer shell and washing with cold running water. Remove the dark hairy parts!
Boil a pot of water with ginger. ( Make sure it's enough water to soak the fresh mussels)
Add mussels and boil for one to two minutes.
Separate the shells of mussels - discard the empty shells.
Transfer the mussel meat with shell to a tray lined with lightly greased foil.
Any mussels that did not open when boiled, opt to discard them.
In a skillet, melt butter over low heat and fry garlic until slightly golden.
Turn off the heat and add dried thyme and cayenne powder.
Spoon garlic-butter mixture over mussels.
Season with ground black pepper.
Top with grated cheddar cheese.
Bake mussels in a preheated oven of 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley.
Serve & enjoy!