Doctors call squid heart balm. And skillful housewives can make it a feast for the belly. This diet seafood can be turned into a delicacy, and you can hopelessly spoil. We share the secrets of "squid studies" - how to choose the squid, how much time to cook and how to turn this simple seafood into a culinary masterpiece.
And the growth of a squid can be hoo! Some instances grow to 10-12 meters! By this and to the most you can get to lunch. Therefore, a person prudently engaged in fishing for squid weighing up to 750 g (in fact, the giant species of this mollusk are simply inedible).
All the vital organs of the squid are hidden under the mantle, which, in fact, is what we eat. Together with the mantle, the tentacles and the head are used as food. The head of a squid is one name, but what ears!
By these ears, by the way, you can determine whether the squid you bought was subjected to re-freezing. If your ears are stuck, you have a frozen product. Put it back! The picture is not the first freshness complement the mantle, which has lost its whiteness. We are not talking about the skin, but about the body itself! The skin of fresh squid should be pinkish-purple. Yellow or pale gray skin is also an unhealthy symptom.
Squids fall on the counter peeled and not. Give preference last. And we will tell you how to "undress" them quickly and easily. The fact is that the peeled squids were thawed at least once more. Loss of taste is inevitable.
How to quickly clean the squid?
The hostess, who at least once had to scrape the tender body of this cephalopod with a knife, would curse everything, go the next time and buy the purified product. Or never buy it at all. But to remove the purple skin with squid is very easy.
Fold the carcasses of squid in a large bowl and pour boiling water out of the kettle. From such heat, squid instantly "undresses" itself. Do not overdo it! And then cook it ahead of time.
It remains to remove all that the squid inside, and rinse it under running cold water.
How much time to cook squid?
A question whose answer is ambiguous for several reasons. First, you should take into account whether you used the cleaning method described above. If after you poured squid with boiling water, they have almost halved in size, consider that you have almost cooked them.
Squid cooks very quickly. As soon as his little body is completely white, he is ready. But you need to look at the thickest places. This is where the ears grow. Thawed carcass is cooked for about 2 minutes.
The question of how much to cook frozen squid is not entirely correct. If it is an uncleaned carcass, then heat treatment during cleaning must be taken into account. And if peeled, then perhaps this procedure was done before you. Therefore, it is better to focus on color.
How much to cook squid after boiling - depends on the amount of water. Approximately 3 medium-sized carcasses need to take 2 tbsp. water. In this case, cooking takes 2-3 minutes under the lid. There is another way - turn off the fire immediately after boiling and leave in this water for 5 minutes.
If you bought frozen peeled squid rings, then you need to cook them after defrosting for 1 minute.
Be sure to consider whether the product is subjected to subsequent heat treatment in the process of cooking. Perhaps pre-cooking is not required at all!
How to cook squid for salad? For the salad you need a fully prepared squid. If you need to cook quickly, you can simply drop it for 30 seconds in boiling water. At the same time, the carcasses almost do not decrease in size.
If the ready-made squid for salad is cut into rings and sprinkled with a small amount of lemon juice, its taste will become brighter.
If squid is overcooked ...
Then it will be like rubber. But all is not lost. Continue cooking squid to be soft. How many? This time about 20 minutes. There is a chance that they will regain their softness again. But for this you will pay their size. Approximately 3 times.
The microwave will help!
With the help of this kitchen assistant you can get an even more delicious product. To do this, fold the carcasses into a bowl and sprinkle them with lemon juice. You can grease a little and sprinkle with spices. After 1 minute at full capacity, you get ready-made squid in its own juice.
Cooking in other kitchen appliances
- Multicooker cooks them in 2 minutes.
- Pressure cooker - for 1.
- Diet cooking in a double boiler takes you 5 minutes.
How long can boiled squid be stored?
In the refrigerator, ready-made squid can retain its freshness for up to 2 days. Keep it while it should be without water, in which it is boiled, and under the lid.
You can freeze it. But, of course, the taste of this will worsen. And it may appear "taste of the refrigerator."
Serving options and secrets of culinary masterpieces
How and how much time to cook squid, we found out. Now find out what it is eaten with.
There are dishes with squid for any occasion, and there is - a special one. And there is altogether an amateur.
This "sea reptile" is not so simple as it seems. But, knowing the compatibility with other products and the principle of cooking, invent recipes from it can be infinite. Squids can act "solo", and can harmoniously complement a complex dish.
- Squid is very good friends with fried onions, sour cream, tomato sauce, eggs, boiled potatoes and even pickled cucumbers.
- It can be used in salads. From it light dietary soups are cooked. And you can make a nourishing hodgepodge.
- Ringed squid rings or fried breaded are invariably popular.
- They can be stuffed with almost anything.
The proud name "sea delicacy" is often the merit of not taste and utility, but only a high price. For this reason alone, we undeservedly put inexpensive squid at the very end of their list. But precisely because of this, we can always have on your table an affordable, tasty and healthy seafood - a generous gift from the depths of the sea!