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How to cook tender calamari?

I can cook. I'm passionate about cooking (and food) and have learned how to do most things. But I CANNOT cook tender calamari. I've heard you have to soak it in milk/cold water, pat it dry, fry it on a high heat, don't overcook. I have borne all these things in mind, yet every time I try to make calamari it gets tough. On the weekend my husband caught fresh "chokka" which was young and tender. We soaked it in cold water, patted it dry with kitchen paper, flash-fried in olive oil and garlic with fresh lemon for less than 2 min. It was in a word inedible (like rubber). What am I doing wrong??? 69 mths ago

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My late mother-in-law (God bless her soul) taught me as follows : defrost the calamari completely. Dry it thoroughly with paper towels. Mix flour, fish spice and aromat in a plastic bag, throw the calamari pieces in the bag and shake well.Take it out gently and palce in a flat colander to get rid of the excess flour. Heat oil in a pan ,using the back of a wooden spoonto dip into the oil to ensure the heat is right (small bubbles on the edge of spoon) Gently put calamari in oil and allow to brown for a few seconds. Drain on paper towel and enjoy straight away. She however also taught me that you can keep it crisp in the oven untill you are ready to eat. Works perfectly and is not that much trouble at all.I am a Valie but can give some Capetonians lessons in preparing delicious calamari

69 mths ago

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I'm also a cooking fan, but I've never heard about the soaking thing - have you tried leaving that step out? I do know that with calamari steaks, you're meant to score the flesh on both sides - but I believe that's more so that they don't curl, rather than from the tenderness aspect... But otherwise, it certainly SOUNDS as though you are doing everything right! Why not sign up on the BBC Food forum and ask the participants there? They may be better informed than either of us? Good luck!

Source: http://community.bbcfood.com/community/category.jspa?categoryID=14

69 mths ago

i also cook and luuuurve food, but I'm no expert, HOWEVER - like what has been said - ive also never heard of the soaking bit. I always just spice mine however I feel like and braai it in a little butter and olive oil, heat not too high, otherwise I do believe it will go tough. I cook calamari quite often, i especially like the small Patagonian ones, and they've never been tough, hope it helps! it'll go tougto

69 mths ago

When we moved down here we bought calamari and fried it , man we could not bite through these things , our neighbour a friendly old lady whom I adopted as my mother told us to put it into a bowl of water with staketenderiser over it and man what a feast the stuff melts in your mouth , please try it and let me know how you liked it

69 mths ago

ek het gehoor jy moet dit in koeksoda laat lĂȘ om sag te raak. (Bicarbonate of Soda)

69 mths ago

Sorry thats what Ocean Basket is there for I don't do cooking

69 mths ago

Calamari should be seared for +/- 25 seconds a side and then baked for 2 min. I am not sure that will help any but it works for me. I am definately going to follow all the other advise on this questions. Keep cooking

69 mths ago

experiment with different types of oil

69 mths ago

Sorry I've never tried to make it myself.

69 mths ago

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