Squid Ink Paella Recipe

With this Squid Ink Paella recipe, you are putting a real eye-catcher on the table with a surprisingly delicious taste. This intensely black-colored Paella is quite easy to make, has a great taste, and features an incredible presentation. At first glance, this intensely black-colored paella may not look very tasty. However, the opposite is true. This Squid ink paella has a very rich seafood taste and is considered to be among the tastiest of paellas.

Squid ink paella recipe

When making this extraordinary and very rich tasting squid ink paella recipe, the use of the right equipment is very important. For example, a good quality paella pan is absolutely essential to achieve a good end result. Also the use of a paella burner is highly recommended because it optimally distributes the heat under the paella pan.

Here you can find out which equipment is recommended for which number of servings.

Equipment for 2 servings

14″ to 15″ carbon steel or enameled steel paella pan
12″ Paella gas burner
Paella pan transparant
Paella skimmer


Equipment for 4 servings

18″ Carbon steel or enameled steel paella pan
16″ Paella gas burner
Paella skimmer


Equipment for 6 servings

20″ Carbon steel or enameled steel paella pan
16″ Paella gas burner
Paella skimmer


Equipment for 8 servings

22″ Carbon steel or enameled steel paella pan
16″ Paella gas burner
Paella skimmer


Equipment for 10 servings

24″ Carbon steel or enameled steel paella pan
16″ Paella gas burner
Paella skimmer


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Ingredients for this Squid Ink Paella recipe

Select the number of servings you want to make of this squid ink paella and check the ingredients and quantities you need right away.

Ingredients for 2 servings

2 tbsp olive oil
6 large shrimps
5 oz squid
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp sweet paprika powder
1 tomato
10 threads saffron
1/2 lb bomba rice
3 cups seafood broth
1 sachet squid ink

Ingredients for 4 servings

4 tbsp olive oil
12 large shrimps
10 oz squid
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tsp sweet paprika powder
2 tomatoes
20 threads saffron
1 lb bomba rice
6 cups seafood broth
1 sachet squid ink

Ingredients for 6 servings

6 tbsp olive oil
18 large shrimps
1 lb squid
3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp chopped parsley
3 tsp sweet paprika powder
3 tomatoes
30 threads saffron
1 1/2 lb bomba rice
9 cups seafood broth
1 sachet squid ink

Ingredients for 8 servings

8 tbsp olive oil
24 large shrimps
1 1/4 lb squid
4 cloves garlic
4 tbsp chopped parsley
4 tsp sweet paprika powder
4 tomatoes
40 threads saffron
2 lb bomba rice
12 cups seafood broth
2 sachets squid ink

Ingredients for 10 servings

10 tbsp olive oil
30 large shrimps
1 1/2 lb squid
5 cloves garlic
5 tbsp chopped parsley
5 tsp sweet paprika powder
5 tomatoes
50 threads saffron
2 1/2 lb bomba rice
1 gal seafood broth
2 sachets squid ink

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Preparations for this Squid Ink Paella recipe

Good preparation is essential when making paella. Once the heat is on, it is important to focus all your attention on cooking and not on peripheral issues such as too much wind, a wobbly paella pan, an empty gas bottle or ingredients that still appear to be in the fridge…

Preparing location and equipment

Before you can start cooking this wonderful squid ink paella recipe, it is important to find a suitable location and make sure all materials and ingredients are in order and ready. The following checklists may help you with this:

Heat source checklist

  • Is there enough gas in the gas bottle, do you have enough charcoal for the BBQ or do you have enough wood for the wood fire?
  • Is the heat source solid enough to carry the paella pan and is it properly mounted?
  • In case of a paella burner or gas barbecue, is the gas bottle well connected and is the gas bottle far enough away from the heat source?
  • Is the paella burner solid and not wobbling?
  • Is the heat source positioned in a wind-free/sheltered place?
  • Is the heat source placed where ( grease ) splashes can’t do any harm?
  • Is the paella burner level as much as possible? (tip: pour some water in the paella pan and place the pan on the heat source. If the water stays in the middle of the pan, the pan is level).

Checklist for the paella pan

  • Is the paella pan clean, free of dust, and are any rust spots removed?
  • Does the size of the paella pan match the number of portions of paella you are going to make?
  • Does the paella pan fit the heat source you are going to use? Is the entire paella pan heated and is the heat evenly distributed under the pan?
  • Is the paella pan positioned firmly and level on the heat source?

Checklist other matters

  • Are all the cooking utensils you need within easy reach?
  • Are the heat source and the paella pan placed out of reach of children and pets?
  • Are the ingredients cleaned, cut and prepared as described in the recipe?
  • Are the ingredients within easy reach?
  • Do you wear suitably fitted and solid clothing that won’t easily catch fire?
  • Do you have any fire fighting equipment nearby in case something catches on fire? Such as a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher or a fire blanket.

Preparing the ingredients

In addition to choosing a suitable location and preparing all equipment, the ingredients also need to be prepared.

Of course, you can do it earlier, but at least half an hour before you start cooking the paella, it’s time to prepare the remaining ingredients for this squid ink paella recipe. After all, you want to have all the ingredients prepared and at hand when the paella pan is put on the heat source.

The ingredients of this squid ink paella recipe should be prepared as follows:

Olive oil  – measure and set aside.
Shrimp – rinse with cold water and peel two-thirds of the shrimp.
Squid – rinse with cold water and cut into cubes of about 1 inch.
Garlic – chop finely.
Parsley – chop finely.
Sweet paprika powder  – measure and set aside.
Tomato  – grate and keep the pulp.
Saffron threads  – soak in a little bit of hot water.
Bomba rice  – measure and set aside in a dry container.
Seafood broth – preheat in a lidded pan (do not let boil).
Squid Ink – add to the seafood broth.

When the preparation of the ingredients is ready, collect them all and, together with a nice cold drink for yourself, move them towards the paella pan and heat source. This way, you have everything at your fingertips, and all you have to do is add the ingredients to the paella in the right order.

Instructions for this Squid Ink Paella recipe

  1. Heat the paella pan over medium heat and add the olive oil.
  2. Briefly sauté the shelled shrimp, add some salt, and remove them from the paella pan. They don’t have to be cooked through yet.
  3. Put squid, peeled shrimp, garlic, and parsley into the pan and stir fry for about one minute.
  4. Now make space in the middle of the pan and sprinkle in the paprika powder. Immediately after that add the grated tomato and mix it with the paprika powder.
  5. Fry the tomato for about two minutes and mix it with the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Add the soaked saffron (including the liquid) and mix immediately with the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Pour the bomba rice into the paella pan and sauté for about one minute, so the paella rice can absorb the flavors and moisture from the other ingredients.
  8. When the paella rice starts to look translucent, add the seafood broth, including squid ink.
  9. Distribute the ingredients all over the pan, bringing them to a boil, and cook over high heat for about eight minutes.
  10. After a few minutes of cooking, add the shelled shrimp. Place them neatly to create a nice presentation.
  11. Cook the paella over high heat until the first layer of paella rice almost rises above the liquid. This usually takes about eight minutes.
  12. Turn down the heat and let the paella simmer until all the liquid has evaporated. This will take another eight minutes or so. Make sure the liquid stays at a boil!
  13. When you hear that the paella starts to fry, all the moisture has evaporated.
  14. Now turn off the heat and let the paella sit for about five minutes.

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