Black Paella with Squid and Shrimp

Black Paella with Squid and Shrimp


Serves 8-10

This is a simple paella with a deep, satisfying flavor. Squid ink (cuttlefish ink) turns the rice black and lends it sweetness. You can purchase packets of squid ink from a good fishmonger or Japanese grocery. I like to make this dish in the fireplace, but here's the stovetop method. A dab of garlic mayonnaise is traditional; you can use the Aïoli on page 102 of the book.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp in the shell
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound cleaned squid, bodies cut into thin rings
         and tentacles coarsely chopped
  • A pinch of crumbled saffron
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed to a paste with a little salt
  • 1 package squid ink, about 1 tablespoon
  • 3 cups Bomba or Arborio rice
  • 6 cups octopus broth
         (from Octopus Salad with Pickled Onions and Pimentón),
         or Light Chicken Stock (page 73 of the book), or water

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch earthenware cazuela or paella pan over a medium flame. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and saute briefly, just until the shrimp turn pink, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp and set aside.

Add the onion to the pan and let it sizzle in the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes, to brown a bit. Add the squid, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 2 minutes more. Add the saffron, cayenne, tomato, garlic, squid ink, and rice, stirring well to coat the rice. Finally, add a large pinch of salt and the broth. Let the broth come to a full simmer. Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Arrange the shrimp on top, then put the cazuela in the oven. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove and cover the pan with a clean dish towel. Let the paella rest for at least 15 minutes before serving. It tastes best just slightly warm.

  • from:
    A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
  • by David Tanis
  • Artisan 2008
  • 294 pages; Hardback; $35.00(US) $39.95(CAN)
  • ISBN-10: 1579653464
  • ISBN-13: 987-1-57965-346-0
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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