Frutti di Mare al Cartoccio (Baked Seafood Pouches)

Here is an easy recipe that anyone can prepare at home using fresh seafood ingredients, whatever is the catch of the day, thrown together in parchment pouches and baked in the oven. Opening the pouches is a totally wonderful experience as you get a whiff of the flavors of the sea.


  • 2 medium whole fish, scaled, gutted & head discarded then halved
  • 2 cups clams
  • 12 big shrimp
  • 8 mantis shrimp
  • 2 cups mussels
  • 4 small squid, sliced
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 twigs fresh thyme
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 395 degrees F.
  2. Prepare 4 large pieces of parchment paper and 4 food strings to tie them up.
  3. In every pouch, divide all the ingredients equally.
  4. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
  6. Serve immediately.
  7. Notes: You can change the kinds of seafood to put in the pouches as long as they are all fresh. You can prepare this a few hours before your guests arrive making sure that the seafood don’t have excessive liquid that can tear the parchment paper at the bottom part. It is best to serve this as soon as it comes out from the oven.
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