Seafood Ramen With Squid Ink, Mussels, and Salmon Roe Recipe

A ramen bowl of jet-black squid-ink spaghetti, squishy mussels, and lurid orange salmon roe makes a Halloween dish that's actually good to eat.

Seafood ramen with squid ink, mussels, and salmon roe
Perfect for Halloween, and also every other day of the year, this seafood ramen is as tasty as it is dramatic. Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Squid ink, not food coloring, is the secret to the dramatic black color of the broth and noodles.
  • Cooking mussels in gelatin-rich chicken broth creates a quick and flavorful broth with plenty of body.

Darkened with squid ink—not food coloring—and loaded with seared squid, plump mussels, and salmon roe, this seafood ramen takes Halloween food to a whole new level, capturing the spirit of the holiday while being legitimately good enough to eat any other day of the year. Even Dracula would lay off the blood for a day just to get some of this.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 4 1/2 quarts (4.3L) homemade chicken stock or store-bought low-sodium broth

  • 4 packets unflavored gelatin (1 ounce; 28g), optional (see note)

  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) squid ink (see note)

  • 6 tablespoons (90ml) vegetable, canola, or other neutral oil, divided

  • 1/2 pound (225g) squid bodies, split open lengthwise and sliced lengthwise into thin strips

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 pound (450g) cremini mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced

  • 2 pounds (900g) mussels, washed, beards removed

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) miso

  • 4 tablespoons (72g) baking soda

  • 4 quarts (3.8L) boiling water

  • 1 pound (about 450g) dried squid-ink spaghetti

  • 2 ounces (55g) salmon roe

  • Micro greens, arugula, or other tender leafy green

  • Sheets of nori, for serving (see note)

  • 1 recipe black garlic oil


  1. If using store-bought chicken broth or homemade broth that doesn't gel when chilled, add broth to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin all over; let stand 10 minutes. Transfer broth to a large pot or Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to low. Stir in squid ink until fully dissolved. Cover and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons (30ml) oil in a large skillet over high heat until lightly smoking. Season squid with salt, add to skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through and browned in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer squid to a plate and keep warm. Add remaining 4 tablespoons (60ml) oil to skillet, heat until shimmering over medium-high heat, and add mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned. Season with salt and transfer to a plate; keep warm.

  3. Return broth to a simmer, add mussels, and cook until opened, about 5 minutes. Stir in miso and season broth with salt.

  4. While mussels are cooking, dissolve baking soda in the 4 quarts (3.8L) boiling water and season with salt. Boil spaghetti until just al dente. Drain.

  5. Transfer spaghetti to bowls. Ladle broth on top. Garnish with mussels, squid, mushrooms, salmon roe (spoon roe into an empty mussel-shell half for best presentation), micro greens, and nori. Drizzle black garlic oil on top and serve.

Special equipment

Large mixing bowl, large pot or Dutch oven, large skillet


Use the gelatin only if using store-bought stock or if your homemade stock remains watery even when chilled; homemade stock that's naturally high in gelatin, which sets when it's chilled, does not need additional gelatin. Squid ink is available from good fishmongers and specialty food stores. For Halloween, feel free to have fun with the nori by cutting it with scissors into a bat shape, or skip the special shapes and just garnish each bowl with a small sheet of nori.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
428 Calories
23g Fat
20g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 428
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 174mg 58%
Sodium 1192mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 875mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)