Squid Ink Paella

Coastal Living
Squid Ink PaellaRecipe

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Squid ink is as much a food coloring as it is a flavoring element. Work with gloves or over parchment paper to help keep its stain in your food and not on your hands and tools.

Serves 6


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4 cups seafood stock
1 cup water
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 teaspoon crushed saffron threads
1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 small red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 plum tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
4 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 pound peeled and deveined large raw shrimp, tails on
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3/4 pound whole cleaned skinless squid tubes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon paprika
2 cups bomba rice or Arborio rice
3 teaspoons squid ink
1/2 pound littleneck clams in shells, scrubbed
1/2 pound fresh mussels, scrubbed and debearded
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 lemon, cut into wedges


Active: 20 Minutes
Total: 55 Minutes

1. Combine seafood stock, water, wine, and saffron in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high; cover and reduce heat to low. Keep over low heat until ready to use.

2. Pulse onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped, 6 to 8 times.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a 15-inch paella pan over 2 burners on medium-high. Add shrimp to the pan; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cook until the shrimp are golden on both sides, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove from pan, and set aside.

4. Add the onion mixture, squid, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until nearly all the liquid evaporates, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in paprika, and cook 2 more minutes.

5. Add rice and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is slightly translucent, about 1 minute. Remove 1/2 cup of stock mixture, and reserve for use in Step 6; stir remaining stock mixture into paella.

6. Add squid ink, and stir just until rice is evenly distributed. (Do not overstir.) Cook over medium-high, 15 minutes, without stirring. Rotate the pan to ensure even heating. If paella begins to look dry in parts, add reserved stock mixture to that area, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time.

7. Add clams, hinge side down, equally spaced around the pan. Cover and cook 4 minutes. Add mussels, hinge side down. Cover and cook another 4 minutes. Distribute shrimp evenly in pan, and cook another 4 minutes, uncovered. Increase heat to high, and cook, without stirring, 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover with aluminum foil, and let rest 10 minutes. Top with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.

Created date

October 2016