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Old 06-03-2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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Squid help, please.

I bought squid tubes yesterday and have some questions. I've fried quite a bit of rings in the past but I'm trying to eat healthier.

Last year I grilled a few pieces according to directions (1.5 min on each side - hot fire) and my squid was still almost raw. When I popped them back on the grill, I over-cooked them.

Do sqiud benefit from marinating, or brining? I had brushed evoo on them to prevent sticking.

The squid I bought last year were cleaned but there was a membrane inside that caused the squid to curl. Should I cut that out?

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Old 06-03-2007, 10:44 AM   #2
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Clean out the squid so the tube is empty. There is a semi-hard membrane that has to be removed along with a few other bits and pieces.

No need to brine or marinate.

Try stuffing them and simmering in a tomato sauce.
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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We had some delicious squid rings at Jimmy Buffet's restaurant in New Orleans. They were sauteed with strips of hot and sweet peppers, and were outstanding!
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:58 AM   #4
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I have purchased squid that weren't cleaned before and know how to do 'all that' but there seems to be a very thin membrane left on the inside of the tube which caused the squid to curl. I'll see if I can describe it better after I prepare these.

Thanks for the information regarding no marinating or brining.

...and I have stuffed the tubes and baked them in tomato sauce in the past. Those are terrific.

Constance - that sounds great!
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:25 PM   #5
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wonderful in a seafood chowder, or a paella, or a seafood arrabiata over pasta. Also very nice quickly sauteed and tossed on a salad with shrimp or other shell fish.
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:47 PM   #6
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Thank you, Robo!
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:30 PM   #7
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My favorite ways of cooking squid are 1) in a spicy marinara sauce over linguini, 2) in a spicy Thai stirfry, 3) in paella, or even just "mixed seafood over yellow rice", & 4) shallow fried - i.e. just dusted with flour or cornstarch & quickly panfried in some extra-virgin olive oil.
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:34 PM   #8
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My favorite ways of cooking squid are 1) in a spicy marinara sauce over linguini, 2) in a spicy Thai stirfry, 3) in paella, or even just "mixed seafood over yellow rice", & 4) shallow fried - i.e. just dusted with flour or cornstarch & quickly panfried in some extra-virgin olive oil.
Lol, #4 is my favorite and I've made it often. I'm just trying to stay off fried foods for a bit.
I'll peruse some Thai books to get ideas for #2
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:49 PM   #9
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If you are trying to eat healthier and mean "not fried rings" then braise them in a marinara sauce and serve over pasta. Use lots of garlic too.
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:19 PM   #10
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Half Baked - while I can understand you wanting to cut back on fried foods (I rarely fry things these days) - using olive oil & just a light dusting of flour or cornstarch rather than a batter makes these squid rings quite good for you. Remember - olive oil is one of the "good fats". : )

Unless you're eating this every day, it's a fine & healthy way to enjoy squid.
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