Sardinian Fregola with Seafood

Sardinian Fregola with Seafood or Fregola Sarda con Frutti di Mare is a dish that reflects the vibrant culinary traditions of the island of Sardinia. Sardinian cuisine is heavily influenced by its coastal location, with an abundance of fresh seafood and a rich tapestry of flavors. Fregola, a type of pasta resembling small pearls, has its roots in ancient times and is believed to have been introduced to Sardinia by the Arabs. In this seafood-centric dish, the fregola is paired with a medley of fresh seafood, creating a symphony of tastes that pays homage to the island’s coastal bounty.


  • Moderate

Wine Pairings

  • Not Available

Servings For :

  • 4 People


  • Approximately 1 hour of preparation and cooking


  • Moderate to high, depending on the availability of seafood

Italy Region

  • Sardegna


  • Not Available


  • 300g (about 2 cups) of fregola sarda
  • 500g (about 1.1 pounds) of mixed seafood (e.g., mussels, clams, shrimp, squid), cleaned and prepared
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 400g (about 1 3/4 cups) of ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)


  1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add the fregola sarda and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wide, shallow pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute until it becomes fragrant.
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes until they release their juices and soften.
  5. Pour in the white wine and let it simmer for a couple of minutes to cook off the alcohol.
  6. Add the mixed seafood to the pan, cover, and let it cook until the seafood is cooked through and the shells of mussels and clams have opened. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Season the mixture with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using) to taste.
  8. Gently fold in the cooked fregola sarda, ensuring that it is well-coated with the seafood and tomato mixture.
  9. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  10. Serve the Sardinian Fregola with Seafood hot, accompanied by a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and additional red pepper flakes if desired.
  11. Enjoy this flavorful and seafood-rich dish that captures the essence of Sardinia’s coastal culinary heritage.

Fregola Sarda con Frutti di Mare is a celebration of Sardinia’s coastal bounty, combining the unique texture of fregola with the briny flavors of fresh seafood. This dish reflects the island’s love for simple yet exquisite combinations that highlight the natural goodness of its ingredients.

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