How to make squid in its ink

The products of the sea offer us a lot of possibilities when it comes to unleashing our culinary talent. From clams, mussels, octopus or squid, we have many options to  prepare healthy, simple and tasty dishes. Squid are an excellent option, and if we also cook them in their ink, the result can be exquisite. Known as “txipirones” in the Basque Country, where it is considered a typical dish, this cephalopod can be cooked in different ways, either grilled, battered or fried. If you want to surprise your friends, family or couples, in this article we give you the steps to cook squid in their ink without spending hours in the kitchen. Let’s do it!


  • 1 kilo of squid.
  • 2 sachets of squid ink.
  • 2 onions.
  • 2 cloves of garlic.
  • 1 ripe tomato.
  • 1 glass of white wine.
  • Olive oil.
  • Salt.
  • 200 grams of rice (optional).

Steps to follow to make this recipe:

  1. The first step that we must carry out is cleaning the squid. To do this, we remove the gut, mouth and eyes. If we want the final result to be ten, the squid must be fresh and of quality. In the event that the squid are not very fresh, we can choose to also remove the skin. To remove the inside of the squid, we must stretch the tentacles in addition to making sure to remove the feather that it keeps inside.
  2. Once we have finished cleaning the squid, we pass them through water to finish removing any remains that remain inside. Now that we have our clean cuttlefish, we cut the onion and take it together with the garlic; we can choose to cut the squid into not very small pieces or cook them whole. In parallel and optional, you can also prepare rice to accompany your baby squid.
  3. We fry over medium heat in a pan with olive oil onions with tomato and garlic. We let the onion brown while we stir from time to time. Once we see the golden color in the onion, add the squid and stir the content well.
  4. When we see that the squid begin to change color after cooking them for a while, we add the two ink bags together with a little salt to another casserole, to cook it separately. This step is very important, since if the ink is not cooked it can be toxic. At this point we will see how we approach the final stretch to see our plate ready.
  5. After a few minutes since we have added the ink, it is time to add a glass of white wine to the casserole. We let all the content cook for a few minutes, trying to stir from time to time. Let the ink boil along with the wine for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. After 10 or 15 minutes, we use a mixer to remove all the lumps that may remain in the ink. Depending on whether we want it to be more or less thick, we can choose to add a little water; it is your free choice. When the squid are tender, add the ink and stir with the fire off. We already have our squid in their ink ready!
  7. We place the squid in its ink, and in case we have decided to accompany it with rice, we serve it too. In total it should have taken about 40 minutes to cook and the result is a scrumptious dish.

Did you know…?

  • This dish only contains about 300 calories per serving.
  • Squid provides a high content of quality protein that provides essential amino acids for the body.
  • Being considered a food low in fat and calories, it is great for a balanced diet.
  • Provides minerals such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.
  • It provides vitamins A, B3 and B12.

SeaFoodTasty Staff

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