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A Perfect Way to Cook Calamari

By May 12, 2009

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Spanish squid with saffronCalamari, or squid, has a problem: You need to either cook it very quickly, or for a long, long time. There is no happy middle.


While I like long-simmered calamari dishes, now that the weather is warming, I prefer the flash-cooking method. It is easy and surprising: All you do is plunge the cleaned squid rings into salty boiling water for 30-45 seconds -- that's all. No more than that.


The result is meltingly tender, fully cooked, delicious calamari. It's awesomely easy. Toss the now-cooked squid with your favorite sauce and you are good to go. Here are a few recipes that use this method:

Photo copyright 2009 Holly A. Heyser


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