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The Most Exquisite Seafood Rice from Spain | Arròs Negre Recipe

This Seafood Rice, known as Arròs Negre in Spain, is possibly the most exquisite rice dish ever. It´s packed with so many great flavors, easier to make than you think and done in about 40 minutes. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for the ultimate dining experience.

Seafood Rice from Spain
This rice dish hails from the region of Valencia, but also has origins in the region of Catalunya. You will find it served at many seaside restaurants on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, as well high-end restaurants all over the Iberian peninsula.

Seafood Rice from Spain
To make this recipe I used cuttlefish, which is very similar to squid. If you cannot find cuttlefish in your area, you can substitute for squid. If squid is not available, you can use shrimp or scallops. What gives this dish its distinct black color is squid ink. Which you can easily get on amazon or in the freezer section at specialty supermarkets.

Seafood Rice from Spain

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: All the cooking times on the recipe card are based on using Spanish round rice. If you use any other type of rice, the cooking times will be different. As well as the amount of broth that is needed. So make sure to check package instructions on your rice.

Seafood Rice from Spain

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Seafood Rice from Spain | Arròs Negre Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 cups fish broth 710 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 1 cuttlefish
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 Italian sweet green pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked Spanish round rice 220 grams
  • .14 oz squid ink 4 grams
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add 3 cups fish broth into a sauce pan, pinch in 1/4 tsp saffron threads and heat with a medium heat

  2. Finely chop 1/2 onion, roughly chop 4 cloves garlic, finely chop 1/2 Italian sweet green pepper, finely grate 2 tomatoes and cut one cleaned cuttlefish (tentacles removed) into medium sized cubes

  3. Heat a paella pan with a medium heat and add in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  4. After 1 minute season the olive oil with sea salt and add in the pieces of cuttlefish, mix with the olive oil, after 2 minutes and the cuttlefish is lightly sauteed, remove from the pan and set aside

  5. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the chopped onion and Italian sweet pepper, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the chopped garlic and continue to mix, after 30 seconds add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the finely grated tomato (about 1/2 cup - 115 grams), mix together and simmer

  6. After 3 minutes and the tomato sauce has thickened, add in 1 cup uncooked Spanish round rice, 1/4 oz squid ink and season everything with sea salt & black pepper, mix continuously for about 2 minutes, then pour in the saffron infused fish broth, the cuttlefish we cooked earlier and turn up the heat to a high heat, give it one final mix so everything is evenly distributed, do not mix again

  7. About 8 to 9 minutes after turning up the heat, and a lot of the broth has been absorbed by the rice, but there is still some left, lower the fire to a low-medium heat, simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed, then hit back to a medium-high heat and go for 90 seconds, to achieve the socarrat, then remove the pan from the heat, cover with a dishcloth and let it sit for 5 minites

  8. Uncover the pan and garnish with lemon wedges and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Spain -Discovering New Flavors and Regional Specialties

    […] thyme soup, and caragols a la llauna. Fish dishes include Suquet (fish stew), cod stew, and arròs negre. The most famous vegetarian dishes are calçots and escalivada (roasted […]

    01 . Dec . 2023
  2. Elenita M.RegalaFrancisco

    5 stars
    Always cooking your recipes asap after i read it and i have the ingredients on hand and its amazing thanks so much …

    10 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      11 . Jan . 2022

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