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Posted 21 February 2003 - 02:12 PM

hello,

can anyone tell me if cuttlefish is the same as calamari? and if not, then which one tastes better?

i have an italian friend who catches cuttlefish at portsea. i haven't had a chance to eat them yet but he says they are great.

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#2 supersquid

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Posted 22 February 2003 - 11:45 PM

G,day
Martin
Cuttlefish are best stewed to tell you the truth I have never had it fried
when some one has caught one mum has always cooked it in a pressure cooker . Ive been told frying it makes it tougher than an old boot.
I would say its because a cuttlefish is a bit thicker and tougher in the flesh as
compared to squid ,the same can be said about Arrow squid ,they are a lot tougher than calamari and have nowhere near the same taste I find then to be bitter and tough
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Posted 11 March 2003 - 01:41 PM

The European approach to Cuttlefish differs to calamary.

If you going to make a Pasta Marinara, substitute the calamari with cuttle.

The way I enjoy serpia (cuttle) is simply to ;

"Pasta Serpia"

Make a Napoli sauce (i.e plan tomatoe sauce with basil) Or just buy a jar from s/market.

Clean and dice cuttle fish;

lightly fry (~5 minutes) with some parsley, garlic salt, pepper olive oil.

Note:

cook till all flesh turns white, at this point the cuttle will melt in you mouth, I have always found cuttle to be more tender than calamari.

Then add this to the napoli sauce (heated) and then serve with pasta of your choice, I prefer linguini.


sorry, I havent provided proportions for ingredients but just use common sense and you taste buds to detirmine if you need extra this or that, thats the way I was taught. Ive never been a strict follower of recipies. Be creative!

Enjoy!
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Posted 16 July 2003 - 01:51 PM

Too right cuttle fish is tastier and tenderer than Calamari!!.
Freeze,soak in Milk and Bi carb for 4 hrs min.and fry supper hot ,super quick. Fantastic.
With flyers, tow them in a scalling bag for 5 minutes then clean! No slime and very tender once cooked.
They are stronger tasting than Calla's but have that rubber band buit still top eating.
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#5 Jazman

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Posted 21 July 2003 - 05:12 PM

This is a pic of a 6.2 kg Australian Giant Cuttlefish that my mate Steve caught is Tasmania in '97. Thought you guys might be interested.....don't know how he caught it though!
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Posted 22 July 2003 - 08:21 AM

Wow that is a massive beast Jazman. :blink: You should ask your handsome friend just how he got that one in the boat.... I wonder how big the bone in the middle of the cuttlfish was. Did he keep it, i could give it too my budgies.

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PS: Why have all the colours dissapeared in the cuttlefish. I thought they were colourful animals. Do they loose their colour like squid do when they die?
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Posted 22 July 2003 - 05:03 PM

Yes, I think that cuttlefish also lose their color after they die. Speaking of losing things, looking at the photo makes me realise how much hair my mate has lost since this pic was taken....poor man :ink
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Posted 23 July 2003 - 11:18 AM

On the subject of colour i have also observed that they loose it after they die.

Awseome creatures when you see them in your ice box with half the hood white, colour of the box, and the other half a brown, colour of the flathead that were under it! :ink

Not touching the hair situation,... :ink

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 04:35 PM

Well I am just envious of that monster. That would be enough to scare the pants off any bait fish in the water.
Would a cuttlefish of this size taste the same or would it be tougher than a normal size one?
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Posted 23 July 2003 - 04:44 PM

My friend said it was beautiful to eat, not too tough, and that the flesh was 2cm thick!! That would make for some serious calamari rings! :D
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Posted 25 July 2003 - 08:53 AM

Mmm 2cm thick cuttlefish meat. You wouldnt want to overcook it, if it went rubbery you would never get your teeth through it. Be like chewing on a piece of car tyre. Did your friend say if it was easy to clean this cuttlefish? I have never tried, but imagine it would be a bit harder than cleaning squid.

It is a shame about your friend loosing his hair. Twas indeed a fine mop. I wonder if he will attempt to grow a comb over. They look so good on blokes. Do you know that in some parts of the world, having a cow lick your bald spot is supposed to promote re-growth... Does your friend have any cows? Just an idea.... :ink:
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Posted 26 July 2003 - 02:10 AM

Wooo hooo
Thats one big mother of a cuttlefish and I mean big
That cuttlefish would have been like lifting a bag of housebricks on your rod
Imagine the mess after cleaning that bugger

As far as the hair situation goes you can tell ya mate
that youve seen more hairs on a bar of soap in a caravan park


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Posted 28 July 2004 - 10:21 PM

:th Don't forget people .... cuttlefish has bigger and wider bodies along with larger back-bone(I forgot what they call them ... it's at the tip of my tongue). :wh Got it .... cartlidge!!! :beer :beer :th :woot:
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Posted 16 May 2005 - 06:14 PM

:th :ink

thats the biggest cuttlefish i have ever seen caught.

the biggest i ever caught was a 4.5 kg one i had to use my crab net to secure my catch but they are so cool when they are in the water. they also lose there colours when they die
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Posted 07 April 2015 - 01:31 PM

That is the species known as the giant cuttlefish. Only found around Australia. They grow to about 60cm long and 5kg. They die after spawning and I often see dead ones floating at sea during the winter. Seagulls and snapper feast on them. Most years I catch one or two while fishing. I cut the flesh thinly like calamari and it is indistinguishable from calamari. Its supposed to be great fish bait but I find fish only go for the tentacles (especially the candles) and won't touch the flesh from the mantle. Perhaps they only like it rotten!


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