Black risotto

Ready in: 1.5 h
Serves: 4
Complexity: medium
Origin: Istria and Kvarner, Dalmatia

Black cuttlefish risotto is a dish which you will see on all menus along the coastline from Istria to Dubrovnik. It is a dish with a special flavor which will captivate your taste buds.

Black risotto


  • 750g cuttlefish
  • 300g risotto rice (ex. Arborio)
  • 3dcl fish broth
  • 1dcl olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 30g butter
  • 0,5dcl wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: squid ink if your cuttlefish is not fresh/already cleaned


Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Sauté the finely chopped onion and garlic. Slice the cuttlefish (without the tentacles!!) into small bits and add into the pan. Cook on medium heat until lightly golden and add the rice. When the rice is clear,start drizzling it with the broth and cook until you get a sticky mixture.
Aside, mix the ink with the vinegar and butter and add into the pan. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste.

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a separate pan and add the tentacles. Cook for a minute or two and serve with the risotto. You can also add a bit of chopped parsley or Parmesan.

Suitable Drinks

White wine

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