Squid in Zimino

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Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45-60 minutes

Total Time: 1 and 1/2 hours


This is a famous Tuscan dish that is also found in other regions, such as Liguria. It is excellent served as an accompaniment to polenta. “In Zimino” means that the squid is cooked with vegetables – usually spinach or beet greens.


1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 dried red chili pepper, minced

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1/2 celery stalk, chopped

1 lb squid, cleaned and cut into rings, including the tentacles

1 tsp all purpose flour

1/2 cup dried mushrooms, soaked for 30 minutes, drained and chopped

2 tomatoes chopped

1 lb fresh spinach, chopped

1 cup dry white wine

salt and pepper


1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, chili pepper, parsley and celery and saute until the onion is lightly colored.

2. Add the squid and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour, and stir to blend. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and wine. Season with salt and pepper. cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Uncover and simmer until liquid is thickened to sauce consistency. Transfer to a platter and serve hot.