Black Risotto recipe is a highlight of Croatian coastal cuisine

Croatia - Black Risotto finished with a marinated cuttlefish salad. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel)
Croatia - Black Risotto finished with a marinated cuttlefish salad. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel) /

While the lush image intrigues, the flavors in this Black Risotto recipe from Gordon Ramsay brings a taste of Croatian coastal cuisine to the plate. A classic dish in many Croatia restaurants, this Gordon Ramsay Uncharted recipe highlights the umami flavors that the cuttlefish ink offers. Ready to take a trip to a new flavor adventure?

Throughout Gordon Ramsay Uncharted, the various locales offer more than just a culinary adventure. Although many people long to see the celebrated chef in precarious situations and laugh as he has to each challenging food, the truth is that the final meal presents dishes that are worthy of being on the menu at a Ramsay restaurant.

Celebrating the local ingredients and customs, the recipes from Gordon Ramsay Uncharted might not necessarily be the first choice for home cooks to make, but they do offer important cooking techniques, spark a conversation about ingredients for recipes and show home cooks that dishes can evolve based on highlighting the food that is available.

Even though Ramsay has the opportunity to use some of the world’s best ingredients, the reality is that the lessons in this recipe are more than just the use of special ingredients. This recipe showcases using natural ingredients, all of the fish, to flavor a dish. Sometimes natural ingredients are the best possible options to make a dish a memorable one.

What can the home cook learn from Gordon Ramsay’s black risotto recipe?

While Gordon Ramsay’s black risotto recipe might be the highlight of the Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Croatia recipe, the truth is that dish has applications to the home cook. Even if there isn’t cuttlefish ink readily available at the local market, it presents the idea of using natural ingredients to flavor and color a dish. The possibilities of using natural ingredients to color and flavor a dish are many.

Overall, this recipe is relatively straightforward. It is a classic risotto recipe except for the cuttlefish ink. But, that ingredient adds the bold punch of flavor. Sometimes a little change in a recipe can change the enjoyment immensely.

Here’s how to make Gordon Ramsay’s black risotto recipe.


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 springs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cuttlefish ink
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups fish stock warm
  • 2 ounces grated parmesan
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper


  • In a heavy pot, add butter and cook shallots until translucent.
  • Add garlic, rice and thyme. Toast rice for about 2 minutes
  • Add cuttlefish ink to coat rice.
  • Add wine to deglaze the pan and reduce.
  • Add ladles of stock, stir to all liquid is absorbed, repeat until most of the stock is used and the rice is al dente.
  • Once cooked add parmesan and season.

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What do you think of this recipe? What ingredients do you use for both flavor and color?