Spanish-Styled Squid Risotto with Herb Oil

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Spanish-Styled Squid Risotto with Herb Oil

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This dish embodies Spanish flavours with saffron and chorizo sausage complemented by hints of sumac, coriander and cumin. It’s a rustic and hearty risotto made with an  aubergine puree, grilled Patagonica squid and specs of sweet yellow pepper which is  served with a fresh herb oil – the perfect comfort food!

Recipe by: Kelly Mitchell

Image by: Liebe de Klerk

Wine pairing by: Chene Reader

1-2 hours


For the aubergine puree, pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Prick the aubergine and roast, 20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the cumin and coriander, 1 minute. Add the garlic and thyme and sauté, 1 minute. Add the squid wings and sauté, 2 minutes. Scoop out the aubergine flesh and add it to the saucepan. Add the lemon juice and blend until smooth. Pass through a sieve, if preferred. Set aside.

For the herb oil, whisk the ingredients together, season to taste and set aside until needed.

For the risotto, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onions until tender, 3 minutes. Stir in the rice and sauté, 1 minute. Add the garlic and sauté, 2 minutes. Add the wine and stir until fully absorbed, 2 minutes. Add the fish stock, one ladleful at a time. Stir after each ladleful until all of the stock has been absorbed before adding the next ladle of stock. Add the saffron and sumac half way through the cooking process. Continue until all of the stock has been absorbed. Add 125ml (½ cup) of the aubergine puree. Whisk in the butter, Parmesan and salt.

To serve, heat a griddle pan until smoking hot. Cut each squid into rings. Grill each piece of squid until charred, 15 seconds per side. Season with the salt and drizzle with the lemon juice. Slice into rings.

Spoon the risotto into serving dishes and top with the herb oil, grilled squid, chorizo, yellow pepper and red chili. Scatter some basil leaves on top.


TIP: For a cheat’s version if time is of the essence, the aubergine puree can easily be replaced with a tub of readymade baba ghanoush found at delis and selected supermarkets.


Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc, Paarl region

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Recipe for 3 people


  • 1 (200g) large aubergine
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) sunflower oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp) cumin seeds
  • 5ml (1 tsp) coriander seeds
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) garlic, finely chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) thyme
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) squid wings
  • 5ml (1 tsp) lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) basil pesto
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp) lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 180ml (¾ cup) onions, finely chopped
  • 180ml (¾ cup / 120g) Arborio rice
  • 5ml (1 tsp) garlic, finely chopped
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) dry white wine
  • 500ml (2 cups) fish stock
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) saffron
  • 3.75ml (¾ tsp) sumac
  • 60ml (¼ cup) salted butter
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 150g Pescanova Patagonica squid, cleaned
  • pinch salt
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) lemon juice
  • 125ml (½ cup) Chorizo, sliced and grilled
  • 125ml (½ cup) yellow pepper, grilled and cubed
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) red chili, grilled and finely chopped
  • handful basil