March 25, 2021

Squid Feast: 3 Ways To Cook Your Squid

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  • Squid is a versatile seafood that can be utilized in so many styles of cooking. Deep fry, grill, stew, you name it, you can cook anything using this tentacled wonder. To give you an idea how well-rounded this ingredient is, the Philippine Primer is showing you three ways to cook this so-called real chicken of the sea.    

    Thai Stir-fried Squid with Garlic
    (Good for 4 people)

    1 squid
    35 g garlic
    10 g ginger
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 tablespoon oyster sauce
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon sake
    2 teaspoons sesame oil
    Aji -Shio
    6 g chili pepper

    Image by Philippine Primer

    Cooking directions:
    1. Remove the innards of the squid and wash it well using water mixed with potato starch. After cleaning the squid, slice it into rings and marinade them in sake.
    2. Heat sesame oil in a pan and saute the garlic and ginger in it. When they start browning, add the squid. 
    3. Add the rest of the seasonings and saute until the squid is fully cooked.

    This is a Thai dish called Plumuk TotIts richness and sweetness makes this dish go really well with beer and rice.


    Spanish-style Squid in Ink Sauce
    (Good for 4 people)

    1 squid
    1 small onion
    2 cloves garlic (coarsely chopped)
    2 small ripe tomatoes
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    6 g Aji-Shio Garlic
    1 laurel
    2 tablespoons white wine

    Image by Philippine Primer

    Cooking directions:
    1. Remove the innards from the squid without breaking the ink sac and put it on a small plate. Squeeze the ink from the ink sac and dissolve it in 1 tablespoon of white wine.
    2. Slice the squid’s body and tentacles into small pieces and wash them with water mixed with potato starch.
    3. Finely chop the onions and tomatoes.
    4. Put all the ingredients in a pan, and simmer over medium heat until the squid is fully cooked.

    There are many great Spanish restaurants in Manila, so you should try the authentic dishes first before recreating them. You can buy squid anywhere in Manila. “Squid Adobo,” a dish stewed in ink, is a staple in Filipino restaurants.


    Filipino-style Grilled Squid
    (Good for 4 people) 

    2 pcs large squid
    1 medium garlic
    2 small ripe tomatoes
    30 g garlic
    50 g red bell pepper
    30 g bread crumbs

    4 g Aji-Ginisa
    1 tablespoon salad oil
    1 small onion

    5 calamansi
    Juice from 5 red bell peppers
    1 tablespoon soy sauce

    Image by Philippine Primer

    Cooking directions:
    1. Remove the tentacles and innards of the squid, then wash its body thoroughly with water containing potato starch. After draining it, marinate it in the calamansi and red bell pepper juice and soy sauce.
    2. Finely chop the garlic, onions, red bell peppers, and tomatoes.
    3. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan,  then saute the ingredients for the stuffing. Turn off the heat, then add the bread crumbs and Aji-Ginisa.
    4. Stuff the squid with the mixture and secure its end with a toothpick, then grill it to perfection.

    “Sofrito” is a preparation in Spanish and Latin cooking in which garlic, onions, and tomatoes are sauteed in advance and used as a base for various dishes. The umami of the squid and vegetables meld together, turning this into a wonderful grilled squid dish.

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