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