Black rice with cuttlefish

Black rice with cuttlefish: one of the few risottos present in Sicilian cuisine, extraordinary alternative to the better known and traditional PASTA WITH BLACK OF SEPIA of which you can also watch VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP. An unusual color the total black, given that not many blacks and blue food in nature, it is in the dough in both the risotto becomes choreography and original. Those who love seafood will surely already tasted the risotto with cuttlefish or at least the pasta.

The rice in Sicily is mainly used for dishes such as symbol ARANCINI BUTTER or AL RAGU’ (or a thousand already existing variants), the RESOTTO TO PESCATORA or the TIMBALLO RICE. The softness of the cuttlefish, the natural flavor of black, the slight hint of wine and the net taste of tomato paste, combined with the creaminess of risotto, they are irresistible. And the squid in black are also a tasty second.


To prepare this dish there are two philosophies: the first, which to me does not excite, It plans to simply boil the rice and then season with black sauce and cuttlefish. A handy option if you hurry, but the taste will be less intense. The second possibility, that is my choice, It is to make a true risotto cooking it with the sauce of cuttlefish in black: in this way the plate will have both the typical risotto creaminess (because the rice during cooking will yield starch), It is an intense taste of cuttlefish because cooking with the flavors amalgamate better. What about? Try to impress your guests with the elegance of this absolute black. Take a look also to all my SICILIAN RECIPES and I wish you good day!


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  • 2 medium-sized cuttlefish (fatevele thoroughly clean but make sure that the bladder containing the black ink is set aside and, especially, remains intact)
  • 320 grams of Carnaroli rice
  • 30 grams of tomato paste
  • 60 milliliters of cup dry white wine
  • a fresh spring onion or shallot
  • extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • a small piece of chili pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1,5 litres of vegetable stock


Black rice with cuttlefish

To prepare the risotto with cuttlefish, wash the squid and cut into small pieces, then divide the tentacles. Chop the onion finely and place in a pan with extra virgin olive oil, pepper and a little hot water: Cook until the onion will not become translucent, then add the squid and fry until they have changed color becoming white milk.

At this point, add the rice and toast along with cuttlefish for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine the tomato paste, then blend with the white wine. When the alcohol has evaporated, add the black of cuttlefish squeezing the bladder plan that contains it. Mix and start the cooking risotto pouring boiling vegetable broth, little by little.

Place the risotto with cuttlefish cooked adjusting, at the end, of salt. When the risotto is cooked and wave, stir in a string of extra virgin olive oil. They should avanzarvi cuttlefish in black, Serve as a main dish or as an appetizer on toasted bread anointed extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately risotto with cuttlefish and good appetite!

THE PAIRING: with this dish we remain in Sicily also for wine and go on Etna, Benanti in cellar, to sample Minnella, a white IGT monovitigno. The Minella is grown only in facility Etna: the color is pale yellow and the scent is fruity, with notes of anise characteristics. On the palate it is a dry wine, mineral (like all the wines of Etna) with a pleasant aromatic persistence.

Black rice with cuttlefish
Black rice with cuttlefish

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Hind December 21, 2013 at 19:18

EC risotto to l'air divin.

Sicilians creative in the kitchen December 21, 2013 at 19:24

Merci beaucoup!et bienvenue!!! ADA

Spoon-stories December 21, 2013 at 13:38

Very nice Ada!Squid is an excellent meal and I am very happy that you used ink also for the recipe. I know that many people don't want it, but between you and me, they don't know what they miss ^^
See you Kisses form Greece

Sicilians creative in the kitchen December 21, 2013 at 17:27

I agree, in sicily we go crazy for squid ink… is a delicatessen
.. cheers,ADA


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