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Cuttlefish stewed Venetian style, a second course of fast fish

Venezian cuttlefish

If you are looking for quick and easy recipes based on fish, we recommend you try the cuttlefish alla veneziana, an amazing Venetian recipe.

With all the kilometers of coastline that Italy has it is really impossible to know all the fish recipes that exist. For example, we have recently discovered cuttlefish alla veneziana, one of the delicious second courses of the Venetian tradition which involves cooking the cuttlefish directly with their black . The result is a very particular dish not only in appearance but also in taste that lends itself well to being served with polenta .

The most complex part of preparing Venetian black cuttlefish is cleaning the fish. For this you can get around the problem by asking the fishmonger to do it for you but make sure that you keep the bag with the black! However, if you do not find fish with its bag, you can opt for a defrosted or frozen product and buy the squid ink separately, which can be found in the most well-stocked supermarkets.

Venezian cuttlefish
Venezian cuttlefish

How to prepare the recipe for Venetian cuttlefish

  1. To prepare this typical product, start by detaching the cuttlefish tentacles. Remove the beak, the bag with the black (to keep) and the inner bone. To do this, you can easily open the book bag. Alternatively, ask the fishmonger to clean the cuttlefish for you.
  2. In a pan, sauté the chopped onion, the garlic clove and the chopped parsley with a knife in oil.
  3. Add the cuttlefish cut into strips of one centimeter on each side and leave them tasteless for a couple of minutes before blending with the white wine.
  4. When you no longer smell alcohol rising from the pan, add the tomato puree, cuttlefish ink and a ladle of water.
  5. Cook with the lid on for an hour and a half over low heat, adding more water if necessary and, if necessary, salt. Serve hot.

We recommend serving the Venetian sepiolite with polenta : you will feel like you are catapulted into the Veneto! Another typical recipe that you cannot miss are the Venetian-style folpetti , the undisputed protagonists of cicchetti . To prepare the cuttlefish in white Venetian style, instead, proceed as per the recipe but omit both the tomato sauce and the cuttlefish ink. To cook the fish you will have to help yourself with water or vegetable broth, but it will take 30-40 minutes for them to be ready.


Venetian black cuttlefish can be kept in the refrigerator for a maximum of one day . We advise you to heat them in a pan before consuming them.

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