Recipe Calamari In Zimino – Squid Recipe In Zimino

Cooking calamari at a festival in San Francisco – Eugene Kim CC BY 2.0

Recipe Calamari In Zimino – Squid Recipe In Zimino

Cuttlefish in zimino is a specialty of Genoese and Ligurian cuisine that draws its ingredients from the mountainous land and its sea and roots in its maritime and colonial past. It would be best if you ate cuttlefish in zimino should be eaten with bread croutons (toasted bread with extra virgin olive oil) and white wine.

The “zimino” is cooking some fish by cooking them with previously boiled chard and spinach.

The preparation called zemino or zimino is widespread in Liguria. The word Zimino derives from the Arabic “samīn” which means “fat, buttery,” in Genoa and Liguria, zemino is referred to as a thick and “accommodated” soup and is found in many recipes (chickpeas in zemino, snails in zemino, tripe in zemino).


  • 2 lbs. Swiss chard
  • 7 oz. tomatoes
  • 1 medium-size onion, finely minced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely minced
  • 2 oz. olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 lb. squid
  • 1 oz. parsley

How to make Recipe Calamari In Zimino – Squid In Zimino:

Remove the outer larger leaves, wash the Swiss chard and cut into pieces, then set aside. Peel, seed, and strain the tomatoes. Saute the onion and celery in a saucepan in 2 oz—oil till tender but not brown. Add the Swiss chard, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Stir, cover, and let cook over medium heat for 30 to 40 mins. Then add the squid, and continue to cook for ten more mins, over medium heat. Sprinkle generously with the chopped parsley and serve directly from the saucepan.

You can also apply this recipe to cuttlefish.

Serves 4

Recipe Calamari In Zimino – Squid In Zimino is a regional recipe from Liguria

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