Black Calamari Rice ( Arroz con Calamares)

Juliann Esquivel Recipe

By Juliann Esquivel Juliann

15 Min
45 Min

In the Latin food section of your supermarket you will see look for canned seafood from Spain, Portugal, and sometimes from Italy. You will want to purchase either one of the following brand names "Iberia", or "Goya", or "Palacio de Oriente", You will be looking for "Calamares en su Tinta", translation: Squid Chunks in their own Ink, a known delicacy. This rice is delicious. and Spanish/Italian in orgin. Enjoy

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2 can(s)
4 onces each can, squid chunks in their ink. brands goya, or iberia, or palacio de oriente.
1 lb
cleaned squid cut in rounds, as if for frying. you can buy frozen squid cut in circles and ready for frying.
1/2 large
fresh sweet green pepper, diced small
1 medium
sweet vidalia onion or sweet onion diced small
3 clove
fresh garlic smashed or put through a garlic press
1/4 c
good white dry table rwine (not a sweet wine)
1/2 small
can of tomato sauce such as hunts or delmonte
1/2 tsp
dried oregano
1/4 tsp
ground cumin powder
2 small
sprigs parsley diced small
1 small
packet goya sazon with culantro & achiote
1/2 tsp
garlic powder ( not garlic salt)
2 1/2 c
long grain white raw rice rinsed twice in cool water
1 tsp
all natural asian fish sauce
1/4 c
olive oil
3 c
water or fish broth if available
1/4 tsp
fresh ground black pepper
1 or 2 tsp
salt or to suit your taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat olive oil in heavy pot add and saute garlic, onions, green peppers, parsley, until onions and pepper are limp. Next add white wine, and stir for one minute then add tomato sauce, and two cans of squid complete with ink sauce in the cans. Stir again gently.
Next add all the dry seasonings oregano, cumin, packet of Sazon seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper, Reduce flame and let simmer 2 minutes. while sauce is simmering rinse your rice in cool water twice draining all the water when done.
Now add Asian fish sauce, to the sauce and put in the rinsed squid rings in the sauce cover sauce and cook for 2 minutes only. (Time 2 minutes only) Any longer and your squid will be tough.
After two minutes add the rinsed raw rice, and 3 cups water or fish broth. Stir well add a teaspoon of salt or taste if salt is enough. Cover & lower flame to simmer and cook for 35/45 minutes. After done uncover fluff rice and serve with fried fish or just a nice salad. This dish is delicious some people might be put off because of the squid ink but it truly is a delicacy. Pass the chilled wine Enjoy.. Buen Provecho
Note: When my husband catches fresh fish I take the fish bones after he has filleted the fish. Head and skelton rinse good and put into a pot with a bouqet of garni, spice in a piece of cheese cloth tied together and dropped in the pot for added flavor. Also add a carrot an onion and 5/6 cloves garlic smashed, sprigs of parley, a cup of white wine and simmer for at leat three hours. I then let cool and strain. I discard the fish bodies and bones. I freeze in pint containers and use when I am making Paella, or Mariners Soups or Seafood rice dishes like this dish. Also great for French Bouliabase. But thats another recipe. Enjoy..

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Lucy Barrios lucyb718
Sep 13, 2010
Genial Juliann !!!! I made this for my husband today and loved it...gracias por compartir (tx for sharing)..I am Cuban and reside in Miami, and loved glancing through your recipe file. Saludos!
Juliann Esquivel Juliann
Sep 13, 2010
Thank you Lucy, I am so glad you liked the dish. Me alegro que disfrutaron el plato. Gracias, thank you Juliann
Maria Sanchez MCS2010
Oct 4, 2010
This used to be my dad's favorite dish. I made it for him for the 1st time when I was about 13 & it turned out horrible... but he still ate it & proclaimed I was on my way to be an excellent cook. How do I miss my daddy!!!!! Thanks for the memories=)
Juliann Esquivel Juliann
Oct 4, 2010
Hi Nena, Your papi sounds like a wonderful loving person. I too miss my dad. He passed away 15 years ago. I was very close to my dad. He gave me my first cook book when I was sixteen. He new I loved to cook and he aksed me what I wanted and I told him I wanted a real nice fancy cook book Like the Betty Crocker books I had seen in the store. He bought me my first book. I was so happy i read the book from cover to cover and I think I tried every recipe in the book over the years. I still have it. It is old and tattered and with yellowed pages. I have it covered and have never let it out of my hands. I know exactly how you feel. What beautiful memories. Bendiciones and LOL
Jul 19, 2011 - Marina Neff shared this recipe with discussion group: Share Our Strength Cookbook Project
Dec 1, 2011 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: Rice is Nice Group