Pesce al Cartoccio

Local Fish Cooked in Parchment Paper

Pesce al Cartoccio

Pesce al cartoccio, meaning fish baked in parchment paper, is a simple and healthy recipe.  The technique of wrapping fish in parchment paper then cooking has been practiced for centuries, allowing the fish to retain its moisture and flavor. When served, the parchment paper is opened, releasing fresh flavors.  Pesce al cartoccio pays homage to the timeless traditions of coastal cooking.

Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. In a large piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper, wrap 1 whole fish, 12 mussels, 12 clams and 6 cherry tomatoes chopped into small pieces. Add half of the chopped parsley,1 clove garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil and salt and close the package well. It must be sealed completely. Repeat with the remaining fish creating a second package.

    Place in a large baking pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (360° F) for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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