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Squid Sofrito

Squid Sofrito

Sofrito is easy to make, but take the time to gently sauté the ingredients if you want to make a great one. This squid version is also great with shrimp.


  • 2 large onions, chopped fine
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 lbs squid, cleaned
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp paprika or smoked paprika
  • Pepper to taste
  • Chile flakes to taste (opt.)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ cup white wine or sherry
  • ¼ cup basil


  1. 1

    Place onions and oil in a large pan and sofreir on low heat until onions are translucent, 15-20 minutes. 

  2. 2

    Meanwhile, rinse squid. Slice into rings and pat dry with a paper towel. 

  3. 3

    Place saffron in a small glass and pour 3 Tbsp boiling water on it to infuse. 

  4. 4

    When onions are just cooked, add garlic, paprika, salt, pepper and chile. Stir well. 

  5. 5

    Grate tomatoes and pour pulp into the pan. Sofreir 15 more minutes.

  6. 6

    Pour in wine, saffron and water infusion. Bring to a boil and incorporate squid. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes or more, then garnish with a splash of olive oil and shredded basil leaves.

A variation of the Cod Sofrito from The Spice Trekkers Cook at Home