Calamari with savoury rice paired with Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé

Pinot Noir with calamari & savoury rice

Calamari with savoury rice paired with Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé

We're celebrating Pinot Noir all month! Enjoy our food and wine recipe & pairing at home.

With Pinot Noir being so versatile and loving elegant pairings, our chef has created an easy at-home recipe paired with the food-loving Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé.

Calamari with savoury rice paired with Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé


For the calamari

  • 800 g calamari tubes and tentacles, cleaned
  • Smoked paprika, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil for cooking
  • 1 large lemon


For the rice

  • 250 g white basmati rice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 large baby marrow, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 50 g butter
  • Canola oil for cooking


For the sauce

  • 500 ml cream
  • 100 g butter in small cubes (leave in the fridge – required cold)
  • 15 ml chili fakes
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 50 g fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped  



For the vegetables with the rice | Sweat the vegetables & garlic in a pan with some oil and the butter until soft. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Once complete, remove from the heat and set aside.

For the rice | Add enough cold water in a small pot to just cover the rice, cook on medium heat until the water as cooked off. Remove from the heat and leave the lid on to allow final self-steaming. Now add the vegetables and gently mix through.

For the sauce | In a small pot add the lemon juice & bring to the boil. Add the cream and reduce by a third. Remove from the heat and add chili flakes & season. With a stick blender or whisk, blend in the butter. You should end up with a smooth silky sauce that covers the back of a spoon. Keep in a warm place to avoid splitting until ready to serve. You can add half the herbs & spring onions when ready to serve.

For the calamari | Season with salt, pepper and paprika. In a large hot pan with a little oil to coat the base of the pan, fry in batches of 1- 2 portions, about 2 minutes per batch. The aim is to cook it quickly, hence batches. You may consider cooking portion for portion. Once each batch is taken off the heat, season with lemon juice.

To plate | Heat up the rice, place on each plate, sprinkle the calamari over the rice, drizzle the sauce, garnish with the remainder of the herbs.  

TIP | Add some additional chili sauce of your choice to taste, for added bite!

Calamari with savoury rice paired with Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Rosé
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