ingredients
  • Cuttlefish 500 grams
  • Cannellini beans 500 grams
  • Onion 1
  • chilli as much as needed
  • Extra virgin olive oil as much as needed
  • Parsley as much as needed
  • Salt and black pepper to taste as much as needed

Cuttlefish with beans is a simple and at the same time very tasty dish, a fresh and light alternative to the classic cuttlefish with peas recipe. A preparation that expertly combines the flavors of the sea with those of the earth, creating an irresistible mix of aromas too.

Cuttlefish with beans can be served as an appetizer or main course of a fish-based lunch (or buffet), but also as a single dish for a more informal dinner; just accompany it with a few slices of toasted homemade bread and your meal is complete. This dish is great both hot and at room temperature, therefore perfect for both the winter and summer seasons. Quick and easy to make, let’s find out how to prepare cuttlefish with beans by following our recipe step by step. 

How to prepare cuttlefish with beans

Collect the dry cannellini beans in a pot, cover with cold water and cook until soft. Once cooked, drain, pour into a container and let them cool (1).

Peel the onion and cut it into thin slices (2); collect them in a bowl and cover them with cold water for 15 minutes.

Chop the chilli (3) and keep it aside.

Clean the cuttlefish and remove the beak, entrails and wings (4). Rinse them under cold running water and dab them with a sheet of absorbent kitchen paper.

Cut the cuttlefish in half (5) and make two other rectangles from each.

With the tip of a sharp knife, make light cross cuts on both sides of the cuttlefish (6).

Heat a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan, arrange the cuttlefish (7) and grill it on both sides until it is golden and slightly curled. Add salt and pepper as you wish.

Add the cooked cuttlefish to the beans and season with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil; add the chopped chilli and a handful of fresh parsley (8).

Drain the onion from the water, add it to the other ingredients (9) and mix well.

Place in a plate and serve (10). Enjoy!

How to store cuttlefish with beans

Cuttlefish with beans can be stored in a refrigerator, in an airtight container, for about 2 days.