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Squid rings, sometimes know as calamari – image: dreamstime

This cuttlefish is best known for squid rings; apart from them, I have never given it further thought.

Squid is also known as calamari.

It’s an ungainly looking ugly beast, and most would immediately discard the idea of eating one.

However, squid rings, battered or crumbed have proved acceptable, if a little rubbery, for most.

Squid - image: Mama's Tavern

Squid, an ugly beast – image: Mama’s Tavern

How to clean squid – A good post on Mama’s Tavern

But here’s a recipe for you:

Nigel Slater’s squid romesco recipe

Tuck into some flavoursome seafood

“Look for Cornish, responsibly caught squid. Avoid any whose provenance is unclear”: Nigel Slater on squid romesco. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin for the Observer

The recipe

Make the sauce first. Into the bowl of a food processor, put 450g drained weight of canned or bottled red peppers, 5 anchovy fillets, 20g of fresh white bread, 3 tbsp of sherry vinegar, 5 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tsp of smoked paprika. Blitz to a smooth, brick-red sauce. Then prepare the squid. Score the body sacks of 4 medium to smallish squid, which have been cleaned and trimmed, cutting lightly into the flesh in a lattice pattern. Warm a little olive oil in a nonstick pan then add two cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced. Once the garlic has softened, add the squid and cook quickly. Transfer the squid to a plate, put the romesco sauce into the pan, stir briefly to heat, then spoon around the squid. Serves 2.

The trick

If possible look for Cornish, responsibly caught squid. Avoid any whose provenance is unclear, or fish that are too small. Cook the squid for seconds rather than minutes. Once it is opaque and starts to curl in the pan, it is cooked. You can grill, peel and purée your own peppers, but the difference in flavour is negligible.

The twist

Use prawns instead of squid. Grill the squid on a hot griddle pan or over a barbecue instead of frying it. Make a spicy romesco by adding a fresh red chilli to the sauce as you blitz it.


Here’s how it starts – image: squid-world

Other ideas:

Stuffed squid

Stuffed squid – image credit

Stuffed squidrecipe

BBQ squid - image 123RF

BBQ squid – image: 123RF

BBQ squid – no recipe

Calamari Stewed with Tomatoes – image: Simply Recipes

Calamari Stewed with TomatoesRecipe

Ojingeo Bokkum – image: Korean Feast

Sauteed Squid and KimchiRecipe

It can be served with pasta, in a salad, on rice, even on a pizza or simply pan-fried. Entirely up to one’s imagination.

Sushi, anyone?



Or sashimi or makimonos…


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