Squid with Butter Beans

Griddled squid comes with creamy garlic-spiked butter beans in this flavoursome combination from Tom Norrington Davies
By Tom Norrington-Davies
Squid with Butter Beans
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: medium


For the butter beans

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, diagonally sliced
  • 1 x 400 g tinned butter beans
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • black pepper
  • pinches dried red chilli flakes, optional

For the squid

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, for frying
  • 600 g squid, cleaned and gutted
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 10 - 12 basil


1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the garlic for a minute or so.

2. Add the spring onions and fry for a further minute.

3. Add the beans, plus all their liquor and stir in the tomato puree.

4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the mixture is creamy, adding a little water if the consistency seems too dry. Season with salt and black pepper and a little dried chilli.

5. Lightly oil a griddle pan and set over a high heat. Cook the squid for 1 minute on each side.

6. Toss the squid with the lemon zest, juice and extra virgin olive oil.

7. Stir in the basil and season. Spoon the beans onto a warm platter, top with the squid and serve straight away.

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