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Squid and chorizo

Updated: Thu, 8 June, 2023

Are you ready for some amazing food? Because today I have a special treat for you: a delicious and easy recipe for squid with chorizo.

squid and chorizo

Why you’ll love this squid with chorizo recipe

Squid with chorizo is one of my favourite dishes ever. It's simple, yet elegant. It's rustic, yet sophisticated. It's hearty, yet light. It's everything you want in a dish, and more. It combines the tender and succulent squid with the spicy and smoky chorizo, creating a mouth-watering explosion of flavours.

You will love how the squid absorbs the juices from the chorizo, and how the chorizo adds a nice crunch to the dish. Plus, it only takes thirty minutes to make, so you can whip it up in no time.

pan fried calamari with chorizo

How to make squid with chorizo: an easy and delicious Spanish dish

This dish is perfect for any occasion. You can serve it as a main course for a cosy dinner with your loved ones, or as a tapa for a festive occasion with your friends.

You can pair it with some crusty bread to mop up the sauce, or with some salad to balance out the richness. You can enjoy it hot or cold, depending on your preference.

You can even make it ahead of time and reheat it when you are ready to eat. It's versatile, adaptable, and always delicious.

chorizo sausage and spring onions

The origin of this amazing dish

I first discovered this dish when I was traveling in Spain a few years ago. I was in a small town in Galicia, where they are famous for their seafood.

I stumbled upon a local restaurant that had a sign that said "Pulpo y Chorizo" (Squid and Chorizo). I was intrigued by the combination, so I decided to give it a try.

And boy, was I glad I did. It was one of the best meals I ever had in my life. The squid was fresh and tender, the chorizo was spicy and smoky, and the sauce was rich and flavourful. I was in heaven.

Ever since then, I have been making this dish at home whenever I crave some Spanish flavours. And every time I make it, I am transported back to that little restaurant in Galicia, where I had one of the most memorable culinary experiences of my life.

And now, I want to share that experience with you.

pan fried squid and chorizo sausage

The squid issue

I love eating squid, I just hate cleaning it. The fishmonger in my local market usually sells cleaned up, gutted and scaled fish, but the squid sits there, all inky and covered in the awful sticky membrane, with the random piece of plastic they call ‘the bill’ inserted in the middle.

Once you get rid of all that, just about, you still have the snot inside the tube. So my favourite way of cutting it - into rings - means you have to clean each ring individually, scraping the snotty bits from the inside.

Forget about tentacles: the eyes glaring at you need to be removed and, as with many seafood creatures, you never quite know where to cut off the inedible bits. Beak. Ink sac. Urghh. I know - shop in the supermarket, woman.

How to clean squid in 6 easy steps

So if cleaning squid seems intimidating, find out how to get the hang of it. Here are the basic steps to follow:

- Rinse the squid under cold running water and pat them dry with paper towels.

- Pull the head and tentacles away from the body. Cut off the tentacles just below the eyes and discard the head and the beak.

- Squeeze out the innards from the body and remove the quill (the transparent plastic-like spine). Peel off the skin and any membranes from the body and the tentacles.

- Cut open the body and scrape off any remaining innards. Rinse the body and the tentacles again and drain well.

- Cut the body into rings or leave it whole, depending on your preference. You can also score the body with a knife to create a crisscross pattern if you like.

- Your squid is now ready to cook.

cleaned squid

So without further ado, let me show you how to make this amazing dish of squid with chorizo. Trust me, you will not regret it. And if you do try it, please let me know how it turned out in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

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calamari rings with chorizo

Squid and chorizo

Servings: 2Time: 15 minutes


  • 60g (2 oz.) spicy cooking chorizo
  • 5-6 spring onions
  • 2 large or 4 small cleaned squid tubes
  • 1 tsp butter
  • salt and pepper


If you can’t get cooking chorizo, the dry-cured, ready to eat type will do as well.

1. Slice the chorizo into 3mm/¼ inch thick discs. Trim the spring onions and cut them into 4cm/1 inch sticks. Rinse the squid tube, pat it dry and slice into 2cm/½ inch rings.

2. Place the chorizo in a non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat. Cook it for a couple of minutes until it crispens slightly and releases the fat. Add the spring onion with the knob of butter and saute for a few more minutes.

3. Season the squid rings with salt and pepper, turn the heat up to high and add the squid to the pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, tossing and turning the squid frequently until it turns opaque and firms up.

4. Serve immediately, with crusty bread.

Originally published: Sat, 18 February, 2017

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