Valencia Arroz Negro V2

Arroz negro (squid and rice)

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Arroz negro is a Valencian and Catalan dish made with squid, prawns, rice and seasoned with herbs and spices. Squid ink gives it its distinctive black appearance and can be bought from most fishmongers or online at


Try this recipe for arroz negro, then check out our classic paella and vegan paella.

Looking for more squid recipes? Check out our squid stewsalt and pepper squidcalamari and plenty more.



  • olive oil
  • onion 1, finely diced
  • celery 1 stalk, finely diced
  • bay leaves 2
  • squid 500g, cleaned, patted dry and sliced
  • light fish stock 1.2 litres
  • squid ink 4 x 4g sachets
  • garlic 1 fat clove, crushed
  • smoked paprika 1 tsp
  • flat-leaf parsley a bunch, finely chopped
  • paella rice 300g
  • white wine 125ml
  • whole raw king prawns 8
  • lemon 1/2


  • egg yolk 1
  • olive oil 125ml
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • cayenne pepper a pinch


  • Step 1

    Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion, celery, and bay leaves for 3 minutes until soft. Add the squid and cook on a low heat for 20 minutes until the squid is tender.

  • Step 2

    Heat the fish stock in another pan, and add the squid ink. Keep on a gentle simmer.

  • Step 3

    Add the garlic, paprika and 1/2 the parsley to the squid and fry for another minute. Remove the bay leaves, very finely chop them, and add them back to the pan along with the rice. Stir until the rice grains are coated in the oil.

  • Step 4

    Add the wine, stir briefly and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the inky stock, and season well. Simmer without stirring. After 10 minutes, push the raw prawns down into the rice. Cook until the liquid is absorbed, the rice tender and the prawns are cooked, another 5-10 minutes.

  • Step 5

    To make the aïoli, put the yolk in a tall glass and using a stick blender whizz with seasoning and 1 tbsp water. Blend in the oil a little at a time until the mixture emulsifies and thickens. Stir in the garlic, lemon juice and cayenne.

  • Step 6

    When the rice is done, remove from the heat and cover. Leave to rest for 5-10 minutes. Scatter with the remaining parsley, squeeze over the lemon and serve with the aïoli.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 756
  • Fat 32.2g
  • Saturates 5g
  • Carbs 61g
  • Sugars 5.5g
  • Fibre 4.6g
  • Protein 48.2g
  • Salt 1.7g