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The Best Frutti di Mare Recipe

This classic Italian seafood dish will turn any night into a special occasion.  Perfect for your next date night, this restaurant-style dish is easier to make than you think and the flavors will amaze you.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 844kcal


  • 8 shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 8 scallops
  • 20 mussels
  • 20 littleneck clams
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Basil Chopped
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 ounces white wine optional
  • lb spaghetti or any other long spaghetti style pasta


  • Run cold water over the mussels and clams to clean them thoroughly. Refrigerate until needed
  • Once your seafood is prepped, get the pasta ready, Linguine or Spaghetti will work the best for this dish, it's a little too heavy for angel hair.  Follow instructions on the box, usually around 10-11 minutes for aldente.
    **When you begin cooking the pasta, start cooking the seafood. (you will need 8-10 minutes for the seafood, so time it so they get done about the same time)
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat add the olive oil, chopped garlic, basil and red pepper flakes. Let the garlic saute for about a minute.
  • Add the scallops and shrimp. Cook them till almost done and remove them from the pan. If you would like to add white wine to your sauce, add it now to deglaze the pan before adding the mussels and clams.
    *You can skip this step and add all the seafood at the same time.
  • Next add the mussels and clams, cover the pot and let cook for 5-6 minutes. All the mussels and clams should have opened by then.
    Add the shrimp and scallops back into the pan and reseason as needed.
  • If you have timed this right your linguine will be done just about the time your seafood is ready.  If your pasta still has time to cook remove the seafood from the heat and keep it covered. If needed you can give it a quick reheat as soon as the pasta is done.
  • Serve over pasta and enjoy!



Calories: 844kcal | Carbohydrates: 120g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 793mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 6mg