Black Calamari Rice ( Arroz con Calamares)

Juliann Esquivel


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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15 Min
45 Min


  • 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

How to Make Black Calamari Rice ( Arroz con Calamares)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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..

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