Saturday morning was my alone time. I went to Whole Foods to do a little shopping. Along the fish section I saw a lot of great things including lobster, scallops, and squid. Lobster was ten bucks a tail, so that was a no go for me. I chose the squid because it would be a new adventure in cooking. Three quarters of a pound turned out to be around $6.50.
Grab some flour, salt, and pepper. Mix it up. Cut your squid bodies into 1/2 inch rings or whatever thickness you are happy with. Toss the rings in your flour mixture.
|Frying the Calamari|
Drop the rings into oil. I used vegetable oil. I read that the oil should be 350 degrees. I didn't check the degrees and just put the oil on medium heat. Calamari cooks fast! The first few rings I put in were cooked too long and that was only a minute. So just keep your eye on them and do a few test batches.
|Fried Calamari with a Soy Chili Sauce|
The end result...yummy! Normally Fried Calamari is served with marinara sauce. My husband mixed some San-J Organic Shoyu with chili sauce. It made a nice, slightly spicy dipping sauce.
|Calamari in Olive Oil|
There was a few bodies left and I decided to try it another way. I heard on the Dr. Oz show that calamari cooked with some olive oil is a cancer preventative food. They did a whole episode for all the good things to buy. Here is a link to the list. I actually loved this way of cooking the squid. Addicted to olive oil? Yes, just a little bit.
Are you a seafood lover like me? What will you try or not try?