Marinated squid


Use some chili and apple cider vinegar to make this marinated squid super delicious and tender. Grill them for even more deliciousness! 

25 minutes 2 people Starters
Marinated squid


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  • 3 fresh squids* or if you can't find any, use frozen ones
  • 5 tablespoons breadcrumbs (panko)
  • 2 tablespoons coarse chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • olive oil
  • pepper and salt to taste
Marinated squid ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • 2 large bowls
  • grill pan


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Preparation -- 20 minutes + waiting time

Tip: you can ask your fishmonger to clean the squids for you.

It always sounds kinda scary to clean a squid yourself, but to be honest it's easier than you might think. CLEAN the squid by slowly pulling the head out of its body, the innards will come out too. 

You can now save the black squid ink, for example, you can use it to colour your risotto. PLACE your knife behind the eyes and cut it through. Now you divided the head from the tentacles. Inside the tentacles there's a little piece you have to remove, that's its beak.

Now you can clean the tail. There's a hard piece inside, that's called the cuttlebone. REMOVE the cuttlebone, it looks sort of like a thin piece of glass. PEEL off the skin, it's easy when you use your fingernail to grab it.

Clean the tentacles and tail under running cold water. SLICE the tail into the desired size rings. Add the squid tentacles and rings to a large bowl and add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, pepper and salt.

PLACE it back into the refrigerator to let marinate for about 1 hour. 

Marinated squid
Marinated squid

Baking the marinated squid -- 5 minutes

HEAT a grill pan and add the squid rings, after about 1 minute you can also add the tentacles. Because otherwise, the tentacles will become tough, they have to cook a bit shorter than the rings. After grilling the squid for 2 minutes total, transfer them to a bowl and add panko and chilli. Throw them back into the grill pan and cook for another minute. GARNISH with a few thyme leaves and enjoy this lovely marinated squid!

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