A pan serving Spanish rice with squid, prawn & fennel

Spanish rice with squid, prawn & fennel

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

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Serves 4

Make this Spanish paella-style dish with squid ink for dramatic black rice – but if you can't find it, use saffron instead for the more familiar yellow look

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal473
  • fat17g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.7g


  • 300g cleaned squid (ask your fishmonger to do this for you)



    From the same family as the octopus and cuttlefish, squid may look jellyish and unappetising but…

  • 8 large king prawns, head and shell on
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, toasted
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 onions, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 fennel bulb, half finely chopped, half finely sliced using a mandoline if you have one, fronds reserved
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate – its strong aniseed…

  • 200g paella or risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 125ml white wine
  • 3 sachets squid ink (available from souschef.co.uk)
  • 500ml chicken or fish stock
  • chopped parsley, to serve



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Slice the squid into rings and tip into a mixing bowl with the tentacles, prawns, 4 tbsp olive oil, fennel seeds, the lemon juice, half the garlic and some seasoning, then set aside.

  2. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 6. Heat the remaining oil in a shallow, wide ovenproof pan. Fry the onions and chopped fennel for about 10 mins until soft and starting to turn golden, add the remaining garlic and cook for another 5 mins. Scatter in the rice, stir and cook until it just starts to crackle. Pour in the wine, ink and stock and bring up to a simmer, giving everything a gentle stir to incorporate the ink. Stir through most of the sliced squid, keeping a few rings and the tentacles back.

  3. Transfer the pan to the oven, cook for 25 mins, then place the prawns and remaining squid on top and drizzle everything with the oil from the marinade. Put back in the oven for another 10 mins or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice and seafood are just cooked. Scatter over the sliced fennel and fronds, lemon zest, and the chopped parsley. Place in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves.

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