Pan-fried Smoky Chorizo, Squid and White Beans

, from Issue #102. March, 2022
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Pan-fried Smoky Chorizo, Squid and White Beans

My go-to recipe when I need a quick tapa for a light meal. Stretch it out with a bowl of tasty olives, a wedge of cheese and plenty of warm crusty bread.

Serves: 4-6


3 tablespoons olive oil
500 grams medium squid tubes, sliced into 1/2cm-thick rings
200 grams chorizo, sliced 1/2cm thick
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
400-gram tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
sea salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley


Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, cook the squid in batches for 30 seconds each side. Immediately remove to a plate and repeat until all the squid is cooked.

Add the chorizo to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the paprika, garlic and sherry vinegar and let it bubble up. Stir in the beans and let warm through, then add the squid and any juices back to the pan and toss everything together. Season with salt and pepper and add the parsley.

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