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#1 Bent_Rod

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:49 PM

hi fellas
I was always cooking my calamari by adding batter and shallow frying them. Most of the time i would get so full from the batter. I really enjoy the taste of the calamari so i decided to cook the squid using the george foreman grill. I marinated the calamari pieces in olive oil, cracked pepper, ground pepper and tiny bit of lemon. It didnt take long for them to cook, but when they did they smelt like eggs???? I didnt use any sauce or side dishes, i just ate it by itself, and it tasted good. A good fresh quick meal.

Anyway i searched the internet for nutritional facts about squid and found that there was very little. Besides high protein, they contain very high cholestrol levels. Information was very hard to find about squid meat, so i thought i might ast the pro's.

What are the health benefits of eating fresh squid?if any??
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#2 egi zed

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 12:23 AM

Seems to be alot of info here. Google is your friend :)
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:43 AM

hi fellas
I was always cooking my calamari by adding batter and shallow frying them. Most of the time i would get so full from the batter. I really enjoy the taste of the calamari so i decided to cook the squid using the george foreman grill. I marinated the calamari pieces in olive oil, cracked pepper, ground pepper and tiny bit of lemon. It didnt take long for them to cook, but when they did they smelt like eggs???? I didnt use any sauce or side dishes, i just ate it by itself, and it tasted good. A good fresh quick meal.


I also enjoy fresh squid in a light beer batter... no doubt its yum, but like you, i get sick and full eating so much batter.

I know that egg smell you talk about, i got that last time a cooked a really thick piece of squid (was 1cm thick)

Another way i have done it to be healthy and tasty is to cut the tube open and make it flat.
Then score deep cross hatching in it with a sharp knife.
Marinate in olive oil, fresh choped chili, sea salt and cracked pepper, you can also add garlic to the mix.

Pan fry in a clean dry hot pan (enough oil still on the squid from marinade) cut side down first
Then flip over onto to unscored side and press down firm with an egg flip while its cooking.
When you release the egg flip, the squid will spring into a tight ring.

Once cooked, you can either eat as it is or cut it into slices and add to your favorite salad.

Very Healthy meal indeed.
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#4 Salty_Dog

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 07:04 AM

Nice Idea ceejay

My friend makes an insane Tom Yum soup with Chicken or Prawns... It would be ok with squid to i guess.
Although not sure on the texture, might be a bit firm.

Another recipe i do with chicken, is a Malaysian Chicken Curry, now last time a swapped the Chicken for Abalone, it was awesome.
No reason you couldn't add squid in the same way.

I make my curry from scratch, then at the point where you have added the coconut milk and bring to the boil then let simmer for 45min, you just add the Squid (or Abalone) and let that sit in the simmering curry. I've also done it with fresh fish, but only add that in the last 7minutes.

Instead of experimenting on what time to drop the squid in, i think you'll find its just better to tenderise it before cooking, that way its soft no matter how long you've cooked it.

Since then, i have been passed these amazing little ready to go packets from an Indian Deli, they are a premade curry, all you add is 2.5 cups of water and either Fish, Chicken or Meat (there is a different pack for each). Flavour is amazing and preparation is dead easy.

I'll try and find the product and post it here.

Stirfrys would be another good way to cook it. Quick and fast.

Edited by Salty_Dog, 29 January 2010 - 07:07 AM.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 05:32 PM

Ok, I found a packet of this Curry Mix i have been speaking of.
http://www.manjilas.com/

It is made by Double Horse (i sure hope that is not a reflection of whats in the packet)

The one i am using tonight is Kerala Fish Curry Mix
Here is the web site: http://www.manjilas....readytocook.htm
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By all means you can still make your own curry, but these are quick, easy and 90% as good as a curry you spent 2 hours making.
I found these Curry Mixs in a Indian Supermarkets in Melbourne. I'm sure any good Asian Grocery shop should have something similar.

Just a different way to enjoy your squid... and something different from the norm.
The smells coming from your kitchen will have them running to see what you've cooked.

Edited by Salty_Dog, 29 January 2010 - 05:41 PM.

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#6 bluewaterhunter

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:49 PM

Squid is a staple diet in japanese cooking....they have the healthiest diets in the world.
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