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Arròs negre
Arròs negre with crab, shrimp and squid
Alternative names Arroz negro, paella negra, black risotto
Course Main course
Place of origin Spain
Region or state Valencia, Catalonia
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients White rice, cuttlefish or squid, cephalopod ink, cubanelle peppers
Variations Fideuà negra
Other information Also popular in Puerto Rico

Arròs negre ( Spanish: arroz negro) is a Valencian and Catalan dish made with cuttlefish (or squid) and rice, somewhat similar to seafood paella. Some call it paella negra ("black paella"), although it is traditionally not called a paella even though it is prepared in a similar manner.

Arròs negre should not be confused with black rice, the collective name for several cultivars of heirloom rice that have a naturally dark color.

The traditional recipe for this dish calls for squid ink, cuttlefish or squid, white rice, garlic, green cubanelle peppers, sweet paprika, olive oil and seafood broth. However, many cooks add other seafood as well, such as crab and shrimp.

The dish's dark color comes from squid ink which also enhances its seafood flavor.

In addition to Valencia and Catalonia, this dish is popular in Cuba and Puerto Rico where on both islands it is known as arroz con calamares ("rice with squid" in Spanish). In the Philippines, it is considered to be a subtype of the Filipino adaptation of paelya and is known as paella negra (or paelya negra). Black rice dishes with cuttlefish or squid ink are also made in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro, where they are known as "black risotto".

Fideuà negra ("black noodles" in Valencian) is a variation made with noodles instead of rice and is usually served with aioli.

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