Seppia al pomodoro (Cuttlefish in tomatoes)

Most people think that as Shanghai is close to the coast of China (thus its name Shang = on Hai = Sea) it has amazing seafood…well, clearly all these people have never been to Shanghai.

The water that surrounds China is so highly polluted that I doubt there is anything alive down there. Therefore most of the fish come from far away and for obvious reasons, it’s not fresh.

For someone like me, who comes from the pristine coasts of Salento (Southern Italia) not being able to having sea fish is a torture so sometimes I just go to the fish market and grab whatever looks better.

Yesterday I found these nice cuttlefish. Since I doubt they hadn’t been frozen first I decided to give’ em a bit more flavor my making a light tomato sauce and dress some pasta.

It turned out pretty good!

Give this a try, with fresh fish if you can get your hands on some 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend! Valentine recipes coming up tomorrow

Ingredients (for 3 servings):

  • 600 g cuttlefish
  • 1 can tomatoes (400 g)
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 200 g spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • fresh chopped parsley

Wash and clean the cuttlefish

then cut it into pieces

Take 1/2 onion

and chop it up

take one clove garlic

and crash it

In a pot heat up 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

and saute’ the onion and garlic till soft

Add in the cuttlefish and stir well

Pour in 1/2 cup of white wine

turn on the heat and let it evaporate

meanwhile grab some cherry tomatoes (we are just going to use about 5)

wash’ em and cut each in 4 halves

Add them to the pot

Next up, grab a can of Italian tomatoes (Italian = good stuff, you just have to trust me here) and add them in the pot with the fish

Add 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper

Next grab some freshly chopped parsley and add it in

Cover with a lid and let simmer for about 30 min or until fish is tender

Yummy! You could even eat it like that but…


Grab some spaghetti pasta and cook it according to package instructions

Serve your spaghetti in a plate

and ladle the cuttlefish sauce on top

Serve immediatelly

Delicious! Makes me homesick!

One serving provides:

  • Calories: 410
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Protein: 21 g

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.