How to Cook Sicilian Pasta With Fish, Capers, and Almonds

by Fabio Artix


  • 200 Grams Pasta (fusilli or similar, prefer fresh pasta)
  • 300 Grams Grape tomatoes (you can use cherry tomatoes)
  • 2 Amberjacks (you can use other white fish like grouper
  • Capers
  • Crushed almonds
  • Green olives
  • ½ Glass of white wine
  • Fresh basil
  • 1 Bunch Parsley
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • A little bit of red chile peppers
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This recipe is inspired by the cuisine of the Eolian islands, an archipelago of small volcanic islands located a few miles north off the sicilian coast, in the province of Messina.

    Step 2

    Capers are found in many recipes of the Eolian cuisine because they literaly grow up everywhere. But they also are typical ingredient of the overall sicilian cuisine as well as almonds and fish.

    Step 3

    Fish should be already cleaned and cut in small pieces. Ask your fishmonger to do it for you if you're not skilled in fish cleaning. Also boil the tomatoes in water for 2-3 minutes and peel them.

    Step 4

    Start browning the chopped garlic with a little bit of chili pepper in olive oil until golden.

    Step 5

    Stir in the fish meat and let cook until it turns white and firm.

    Step 6

    Step 7

    Add 1/2 glass of white wine and raise heat until the wine evaporates.

    Step 8

    Step 9

    Lower heat and add capers. Stir and cook for about 1 minute.

    Step 10

    Add peeled tomatoes and ...

    Step 11

    ... the basil leaves.

    Step 12

    Salt and pepper to taste.

    Step 13

    add 2 ladles of warm water.

    Step 14

    Let cook for about 20 minutes, occasionally stirring and adding warm water everytime it thickens too much. Mash tomatoes where they're tender to make them release their juice.

    Step 15

    In the meantime slightly toast the crushed almonds. Don't burn them!

    Step 16

    Step 17

    Cook pasta in salty boiling water until it's "al dente"

    Step 18

    Add pasta to the fish sauce along with sliced green olives and cook until the sauce thickens.

    Step 19

    Step 20

    Serve on large plates and spread some crushed almond on top with a little bit of chopped parsley.

    Step 21

    Step 22

    Step 23

    Buon appetito!

    Step 24

    I've been in the island of Salina on last summer and it's simply wonderful with its crystal blue sea,its rocky seabed, its small white villages,its slow and relaxing lifestyle and its wonderful food!