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How to make stewed squid, an amazing fish second course

Stewed Calamari

Stewed squid is a simple but highly effective recipe, perfect for bringing a fragrant and inviting dish to the table.

The stewed squid recipe is perfect if you are looking for a second fish dish that is easy to make but very tasty at the same time. It is a preparation where the baby squid are embellished with a sauce that temptingly invites to the slipper !

The only difficulty with this recipe lies in the patience to wait for the squid to be cooked! They must be very tender , and for them to be tender, the squid must be cooked for several minutes. One thing is important in this recipe for squid with sauce: if they are not yet cooked and the sauce tends to dry out, add a few spoonfuls of hot water!

Stewed Calamari
Stewed Calamari

How to cook stewed squid

  1. Put a pot full of water on the fire and bring it to a boil. Wash the copper tomatoes and make a very light cross incision on their bottom with a knife. You just have to nick the peel. When the water boils, add the tomatoes and remove them with a slotted spoon after thirty seconds.
  2. Now that you've made them very easy to peel, start right at the incision and remove the peel. Cut them into quarters, remove the watery part with the seeds and mince the pulp, finally set them aside .
  3. Wash the squid under running water and, if the fishmonger hasn't already done so, clean it by removing the innards and the beak. Cut the bag into rings and the tentacles into two or more pieces according to the size of the squid.
  4. Pour the oil into a saucepan or large frying pan and add the oil, the peeled and finely chopped clove of garlic and the chilli pepper, whole or minced depending on whether you want to remove it at the end of cooking or keep it.
  5. Add the calamari and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Pour in the wine and raise the heat so that it quickly evaporates for 1-2 minutes.
  6. It's time for the tomatoes, pour them into the pan and turn. When it comes to a boil again, lower the heat and simmer slightly for 15-18 minutes . Season with salt and pepper. If you left it whole, remove the pepper. Check the cooking of the calamari: they must be very tender and times can vary according to their size and consistency .
  7. Wash the parsley leaves, dry them with absorbent kitchen paper and chop them finely. Add them to the preparation when there is only one minute left before the squid is perfectly cooked. Switch off and serve hot accompanied by slices of toasted bread in the oven at 180°C for five minutes .

For other ideas, discover all our recipes with squid and also try the cuttlefish with peas , it's a dish that will amaze you !

The variants of stewed squid

And here we are telling you, in a few lines, the other recipes for preparing stewed squid rings (or tufts). You can very simply prepare stewed squid in white: just chop the parsley very finely and put it to cook in a pot with a generous drizzle of oil, then add the squid, deglaze with the white wine and cook for about 30 minutes. -40 minutes with the lid on and on a very low flame. Be careful that we are never dry so add hot water as needed.

There is not only this variation of the recipe. In fact, you can prepare squid in a red stew, and therefore with tomato sauce, also adding peas and/or potatoes as desired. Cook everything together in a pan with the tomato, always making sure that the stew does not dry out too much .

Finally, you can also try a similar recipe for cooking and main ingredients, but totally different in taste: stewed stuffed squid. Do not cut the bag into strips but leave it whole and stuff it with a filling made up of tentacles sautéed in a pan with a drizzle of oil, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley and, if you like, an egg yolk to bind everything well (which however it can be omitted and replaced with a vinaigrette of emulsified oil and lemon). Close the squid pockets with a toothpick and put them in the pot with the tomatoes.


Keep the stewed squid in an airtight container for about 2 days ; if necessary, heat them in a pan.

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