Crispy Baby Squid With Squid Ink by Pintura Kitchen and Bar


baby squid with squid ink paella


Having recently returned from a fabulous holiday in Marbella courtesy of James Villas, I’ve had an ongoing craving for tapas.

Home or abroad, tapas is the perfect dish for entertaining family and friends  – accompanied by a big jug of sangria, naturally!

In particular I have a penchant for seafood tapas and 2 of my favourite dishes that I enjoyed in Marbella was the gorgeous Gambas Pil Pil (which I made myself whilst I was out there – check out my recipe here) and also an incredibly tasty dish of crispy baby squid with squid ink paella.

Fortunately my tapas craving has been satisfied by the latest addition to the Leeds dining scene, Pintura Kitchen and Bar.

Located in Trinty, Pintura’s menu is inspired by the food-crazed Basque region –  an area of Spain that is famed for having more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in the world and is renowned for its outstanding cuisine.

Their talented Head Chef, Greg Lewis, has very kindly shared his own recipe for crispy baby squid with squid ink paella.

And I’m also excited to announce that one lucky Honest Mum reader can win a meal for two with drinks at Pintura via the Rafflecopter below.

This dish oozes the ‘WOW factor’ and is guaranteed to impress at a dinner party – but the great thing is that it’s actually pretty simple to make and you’ll be able to find all the ingredients at your local market or supermarket.

pintura crispy squid paella

Crispy Baby Squid With Squid Ink Paella – serves 4


  • 40ml olive oil
  • 250g paella rice
  • 4 banana shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • 100ml white wine
  • 700ml fish stock
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 sachet of squid ink
  • 500g of fresh baby squid
  • 1/2 cup of flour (I use gluten free, but Greg recommends using a 50-50 split of corn flour and plain flour)


Finely dice the shallots and garlic and sweat in a large pan with 20ml of olive oil until soft and they lose colour.

Add the paella rice and paprika to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.

Add wine and then 350ml of the hot fish stock. Gradually add the remaining stock half a cup at the time as you would when cooking risotto rice.

Whilst the paella rice is cooking, make a start on the squid and separating the tentacles (putting these to one side for now) from the body and slicing the body into rings. When the paella is about 5 minutes away from being cooked, add the squid rings to the pan to be cooked.

To cook the tenticles, toss them in flour and then drop them into a shallow chip pan of hot olive oil. Fry for 30 seconds until batter is crispy.

When paella is cooked, add fresh parsley and top with crispy squid. Serve in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Delicious!

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55 Responses

  1. Laura VItty

    I love the look of the squid dish… I really like seafood of all kinds 🙂

  2. AG

    Never had tapas before but I like the sound of Patatas Bravas, Enselada de Narajna, Risotto Vasco and Berejena Asadas.

  3. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    Such a shame Mr E & I eat as vegetarians. Though we do love taps, loads of small tasters. So much better than trying a large main meal only to find you don’t like it!
    Angela x
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  4. Richard

    Great Linky as always Vickie, thanks for hosting – sorry it’s taken me this long to comment lol #TastyTuesdays

  5. Lisa M Smith

    The Chorizo Con Sidra sounds incredible! Would love to try that dish!

  6. Dawn Henson

    I would love to try the Squid as I do like Squid – Looks tasty

  7. susankmann

    Looks amazing. I will have to give this a go. x
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  8. Stephanie Robinson

    I love tapas – and it’s just as well they’re designed to be smaller portions as we always like a huge variety! Thanks for hosting x
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  9. Corina

    I’ve never cooked with squid ink before. I think I’m a bit scared of it but this sounds gorgeous.
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  10. Mandy

    Ah, well I’m veggie so squid’s off the menu for me but I love tapas and it sounds like a great restaurant.

  11. Ali

    I would just love to serve this up to my boys, not sure ho they’d feel about eating deep fried squidward but I’m going to give it a try.
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  12. Heather Macklin

    I’d have home-baked bread, followed by a selection of tapas including meatballs and risotto, and if I had any room left, a Basque brioche pudding.

  13. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill (@Businessmum)

    Have entered the giveaway – we love eating out, especially at Trinity Leeds. We’d really enjoy a tapas night – it’s been ages since we had that!
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  14. Eileen Teo

    OMG! They look and sound brilliant! I love squid and this is so gorgeous that i could eat not just one! off to enter the giveaway!
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  15. Joanna Butler-Savage

    I would anything that was cooked for me -I haven’t eaten out anywhere but pizza express for over a year!

  16. Alison

    I have never actually tried squid. This does look tasty
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  17. Polly Mixtures

    Oh my that dish sounds heavenly. Squid is one of my very favourite things! I will definitely be trying it out, with gluten free flour of course!
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  18. Eat Your Heart Out

    Oh that looks amazing! I’d be too scared I overcooked squid. I should really have a go sometime x
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  19. Isabella

    This recipe looks delicious! I adore squid, need to try out cooking with squid ink and this looks like the perfect recipe! Yum!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks for your comment Isabella, it looks amazing doesn’t it, fab restaurant, great to share their brilliance here x

  20. Coombe Mill

    I love squid, this looks wonderful, shame they are not in Cornwall
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  21. Stephen Fowler

    I know a yummy mummy who would love to share a yummy meal for two at Pintura Kitchen in Leeds.

  22. jenny paulin

    sounds like an amazing restuarant and dish. i have never tried squid or black ink used in a meal but it does look good x
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  23. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    That looks incredible. I’m always too scared to cook with squid but I really should give it a try as I always order it in restaurants.
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  24. Mummy Tries

    As you know I’m usually grain free, but would definitely be tempted by this dish. Can’t beat a good risotto xx
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