Alma Mediterranea by Marcia Barrington

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Squid, chorizo, black rice, blood orange and mint

Squid, chorizo, black rice, blood orange and mint


Squid, chorizo, black rice, blood orange and mint 

Serves 4

 320g black rice

250g cherry tomatoes sliced through the moon and slow roasted; or Sun-blush in oil work in winter. 

1 small red onion, very finely sliced + juice of 1 lemon

4 small blood oranges, segmented 

Grated zest and juice of another 2 unwaxed lemons

1 small clove garlic, crushed to a paste with salt

A few fresh mint leaves and a little picked dill

Olive oil 60ml/ ¼ cup 


250g excellent quality chorizo sliced into coins. 

1k cleaned squid, cut into 1-2inch pieces and scored with diagonal lines.

Prawns would also work well as would any firm white fish.

Seasoning to taste


First make the black rice salad:

Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the rice until just tender.

Drain well and transfer to a bowl to cool slightly (5 minutes). 

Add tomatoes, finely sliced red onion, blood orange segments with their residual juice, lemon zest and juice (to taste), pasted garlic and 2 tbsp/30ml olive oil. Season to taste.

Add herbs and gently mix through with your hands; lifting from the bottom of the bowl and gently turning the ingredients over once or twice.

Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and fry chorizo, turning once until starting to crisp (2-4 minutes). Add to black rice mixture.

Wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper, pop back on the heat. When hot add the remaining 30ml/2Tbsp olive and fry the squid in batches (without overcrowding pan) until just cooked (3+ minutes). The squid will become opaque when cooked and curl up in the pan. You want to caramelise a little but do not overcook it. 

Serve the black rice salad on a platter (or individual bowls/plates). Lay the squid on the top and serve.

 ©Marcia Barrington January 2019