Squid Ink Pasta with Baby Squid

– 30-minute recipe | serves 4 –

a black plate sits on a granite bechtop filled with black squid ink pasta and garnished with red baby octopus.

Squid ink pasta with baby squid is better known in Spain as ‘Fideua negra’ and can be found most prominently up and down the Mediterranean coast. 

The Squid Ink flavor is delicious, and best of all, this recipe is quick and very easy to make.  It’s ideal for a midweek dinner or for when you need something fast and flavorsome. Our Squid ink pasta recipe serves 4 people and can be made in around 30 minutes.

Serving:

4 people

Ready in:

30 minutes

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Allioli and bread

About This Recipe

Squid ink pasta is traditionally made in Spain with a small fine pasta that resembles small sticks of spaghetti called fideo no.1 noodles. In this recipe, we’re going to use normal spaghetti and a few other easy-to-find ingredients to make a stunning recipe that’s perfect for a midweek meal, or looks great for a quick and easy dinner party recipe!

This recipe is quick and easy to make and can be prepared with minimum fuss. Our Squid ink pasta recipe is made to serve 4 people, but can easily be resized to suit any number of guests.

If you’re looking for an authentic Spanish recipe, we’ve got you covered too.

Our Fideua Squid ink pasta recipe can be found here and is one of our favorites on the blog!

Other Popular squid ink dishes include

  • Squid ink pasta (Spain, Italy, Greece)
  • Black rice and black risotto dishes (Italy, Greece)
  • Black rice sushi dishes (Japan)
  • Ink soups

What does squid ink taste like?

The Squid ink flavor is quite neutral and is best described as savory and slightly briny in taste. Squid ink taste also has a slightly earthy taste and texture, but it’s very subtle and is ideal for cooking. Squid ink is not a powerful flavor but adds a subtle earthiness and seafood flavor to your pasta recipe.

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Equipment needed to make Squid ink Pasta

  • 1 large 12 inch (30cm) frying pan with deep sides at least 3 inches (7.6cm).
  • 1 large pot for boiling the spaghetti.

Ingredients

Method (step-by-step)

(Serves 4)

  • 14 Oz. (400 grams) baby squid (tubes or whole)
  • 0.5 Oz. (12 grams) of black squid ink 
  • 300 grams of Spaghetti
  • Rind and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 large red onion, sliced fine.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced. (optional)
  • A handful of fresh parsley chopped fine.
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (for seasoning)

Method (step-by-step)

Step 1 – Prepare the baby squid

Note: If you’ve bought frozen or cleaned baby squid, you’ll only need to cut up the tubes to suit, then fry the squid till golden and move onto step 2. 

  • First, clean the baby squid in some fresh water. 
  • Remove the head and tentacles and clean out the inner part of the tubes. Cut the tubes into ½ inch thick rings. Leave the heads whole and trim off any tentacles that are too long. 
  • Give everything a rinse in some fresh water and then place to the squid on some paper towel to remove the excess water. 
  • In a large frying pan on high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the prepared baby squid and fry for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Around halfway through cooking the squid, add the garlic. Once the squid has begun to become lightly golden, remove it from the heat ad set it aside for use later.

Step 2 – Prepare the base sauce

  • In a large pot, add some water and a pinch of salt bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente (around 10 minutes on medium-high heat). 
  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan on medium heat, add the olive oil and red onion and fry for around 5 minutes or until golden. 
  • Reduce heat to medium, remove the pasta from the water, strain all excess water and add the pasta to the frying pan with the red onion with the remaining olive oil. 
  • Add the black squid ink and stir through thoroughly. Allow to simmer for around 5 minutes.

Step 3 – Seasoning

  • Next, add the cooked baby squid and season with salt and pepper as required.
  • Remove from the heat and garnish with some juice from half a lemon (optional).

Step 4 – To serve

  • Ensure the squid ink is evenly mixed throughout the pasta before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Serve with some freshly made allioli and some fresh bread.

Traditionally in the Valencian region, Squid ink pasta is called Fiduea negra and served with some fresh bread and some allioli verde.

(You’ll find the allioli recipe here). 

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plated squid ink pasta with baby octopus

Squid ink pasta with baby squid

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Squid ink pasta with baby squid is better known in Spain as ‘Fideua negra’ and can be found most prominently up and down the Mediterranean coast. The Squid Ink flavor is delicious, and best of all, this recipe is quick and very easy to make.  It’s ideal for a midweek dinner or for when you need something fast and flavorsome. Our Squid ink pasta recipe serves 4 people and can be made in around 30 minutes.
4.80 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, Main Course, main meal, seafood, Spanish
Cuisine Mediterranean, pasta, Seafood, Spain, spanish
Servings 4 people
Calories 496 kcal

Equipment

  • 12 inch frying pan with deep sides
  • large pot for boiling the spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 14 Oz. 400 grams baby squid (tubes or whole).
  • 0.5 Oz. 12 grams of black squid ink.
  • 300 grams of Spaghetti.
  • Rind and juice of ½ lemon.
  • 1 large red onion sliced fine.
  • 3 garlic cloves minced. (optional).
  • A handful of fresh parsley chopped fine.
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning.

Instructions
 

Step 1 - Prepare the baby squid

  • Note: If you’ve bought frozen or cleaned baby squid, you’ll only need to cut up the tubes to suit, then fry the squid till golden and move onto step 2.
  • First, clean the baby squid in some fresh water.
  • Remove the head and tentacles and clean out the inner part of the tubes. Cut the tubes into ½ inch thick rings. Leave the heads whole and trim off any tentacles athat are too long.
  • Give everything a rinse in some fresh water and then place to the squid on some paper towel to remove the excess water.
  • In a large frying pan on high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the prepared baby squid and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Around half way through cooking the squid, add the garlic. Once the squid has begun to become lightly golden, remove from the heat ad set aside for use later.

Step 2 - Prepare the base sauce

  • In a large pot, add some water and a pinch of salt bring to the boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente (around 10 minuteson a medium-high heat).
  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan on medium heat, add the olive oil and red onion and fry for around 5 minutes or until golden.
  • Reduce heat to medium, remove the pasta from the water, strain all excess water and add the pasta to the frying pan with the red onion with the remaining olive oil.
  • Add the black squid ink and stri though thoroughly. Allow to simmer for around 5 minutes.

Step 3 - Seasoning

  • Next add the cooked baby squid and season with salt and pepper as required.
  • Remove from the heat and garnish with some juice from half a lemon (optional).

Step 4 - To serve

  • Ensure the squid ink is evenly mixed throughout the pasta before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Traditionally in the Valencian region, Squid ink pasta is called Fiduea negra and served with some fresh bread and some alloli verde (You’ll find the allioli recipe here).

Nutrition

Serving: 150gCalories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 52.2gProtein: 27gFat: 19.8gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 317mgSodium: 489mgPotassium: 465mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 1.5gCalcium: 59mgIron: 4mg
Keyword easy to make, mediterranean, mediterranean cuisine, pasta, Spanish cuisine, Spanish seafood, squid, Squid ink