Friday, May 20, 2011

Squid or calamari - call them what you will



It had been perhaps a dozen years since we had shopped at the waterfront seafood markets in DC. Well, we went there yesterday. It was hard to know what to buy - so many choices. But I got attached to the idea of squid. They were whole and uncleaned. That's not a problem for me. I know how to clean them. After that all you have to do is heat some oil, dredge them in cornstarch, and buzz some kosher salt in your spice grinder (kosher salt by itself is too big to stick). About 1 1/2 minutes in the (really) hot oil did the trick. We served it over Israeli couscous we got at Trader Joe's (just discovered one at an amazingly convenient location for us). With the addition of a salad, we were in heaven.

5 comments:

Jenn said...

I LOVE calamari... heck, even Chris likes calamari if you can believe it! Not as much as me, but he'll eat it at least :)
When I was in Hawaii with my family 4 years ago, we ordered calamari at this one restaurant and they came out looking like mozzarella sticks, I kid you not...they were AMAZING! Best I had ever had.

Pam said...

Drooling, drooooling! Calamari is incredible but not easy to find in the stores here; it's not like we have any waterfront seafood markets, unfortunately. Bet this was a great meal!

Pam said...

Calamari is one of my very favorites but I have never made it myself. It looks perfect!

Michael Toa said...

Love calamari and I'll be very happy if served a plateful of them with garlic mayo and lemon wedges. I often buy them whole and clean them myself. It's rather fun strangely.

Create. Snap. Eat. said...

OMG! Do you offer lessons?! I have ruined many a batch of calamari because I do not know how to "dredge."

*whimpers*

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