Arróz Negro – Black Squid Ink Rice



This dish is traditionally made with rice, cuttlefish (sepia) and the ink of the cuttlefish. I used squid instead of the cuttlefish.

In Spain when you go to the fish store and you ask for cuttlefish, the fishmonger will ask you if you want the ink. If you are planning on making black rice or black noodles, you will keep it, otherwise you don’t want it.

In the U.S I can’t find cuttlefish, and a lot of you will not even know what it is. But believe me, it is very common in other countries, including Spain. If I am lucky enough to find it, It’s frozen, so there is no ink. I bought cuttlefish ink in a jar (online). It’s perfect and it works really good.

A lot of you might be grilling this weekend, but… if you want a good alternative to the traditional, here is an easy dish to make. Something different, simple, fun and tasty!

Arróz Negro - Black Squid Ink

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Course: dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: spanish
Keyword: blacrice, rice, seafood, squid
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6


  • Paella Pan


  • 1 Large Sweet Onion Grated (or Chopped)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (medium) Grated (or chopped)
  • 2 Large (ripe) Tomatoes, grated or 5-6 small whole tomatoes from a can
  • 2 Tbsp Cuttlefish or Squid Ink
  • 1 Ibs Squid tubes and tentacles
  • 10 Shrimp Optional
  • 2 Cups Bomba Rice
  • 1 Quart Seafood broth/stock. Homemade or the best quality you can find at the supermarket
  • Salt, pepper and olive oil
  • 1 Cup Aioli Optional


  • In a small pan on low heat, cook the grated onion with some olive oil (about 4 tablespoons) until it looks extremely brown. This is one of the most important steps of the entire recipe. Stir it once in a while and let it cook. Cook it for 25 minutes.
  • Add the grated pepper. Let it cook until the onion is brown for 15 to 20 more minutes.
  •  While you are waiting for the onion mixutre to get brown, slice the squid tubes (cuttlefish if you can find it!) into thin strips. Set it aside

At this point you will start usuing the paella pan:

  • Drizzle some olive oil (about 4 TBSP) and cook the shrimp. Once cook, set the shrimp aside.
  • When the onion is ready,  add the grated tomatoes ("tomato sauce"). Season with a pich of salt and stir for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the squid, season and stir. The  squid should take about 10 minutes to cook.  Turn the heat off.
  •  If when cooking the squid, and you get liquid separating from the squid, remove it and add it to your fish/seafood stock. This will add a lot of good flavor.
  • With the heat off, add the rice. Stir and get everything incorporated together.  Now, we want all the flavors to combine. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat the fish broth withthe cuttlefish ink. Stir constantly until the ink is mixed well with the liquid. You can also add a pich if saffron (optional).
  • Turn the heat on medium.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the stock and set aside. (This will only be used if you need it for the rice.) Pour the remainder into the paella pan. Consistency of the rice is important. You don’t want to use too much stock, as you will overcook the rice. Too little stock and you will have crunchy rice. Add the shrimp.
  • Shake the pan every 5-7 minutes. Don’t stir. The black rice will be ready when the rice is cooked and there is no juice left in the pan. It takes about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • It’s ready to serve. Traditionally you serve the rice with some aioli.
  • Bon profit!
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Arróz Negro – Black Squid Ink Rice

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Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Bon profit!

7 thoughts on “Arróz Negro – Black Squid Ink Rice

  1. ¡Hola Ivette! Your squid ink rice looks and sounds amazing! I’ve only had squid ink pasta once but I remember it was absolutely delicious. Does cuttlefish ink and squid ink taste different? I’d love to try this recipe, but I think my supermarket only carries squid ink…
    Just a reminder, don’t forget to add links to this week’s Fiesta Friday post, as well as Petra’s blog and my blog so you can be considered for features next week😉
    Thanks for sharing! Happy Fiesta Friday!!🎉

    1. Holaaaa!! Absolutely! You can use cuttlefish ink, its very similar. I love squid ink pasta, it’s SO good! 🙂 Thank you SO much!

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