The Best Recipes for Stuffed Squid
Stuffed squid is such a tasty dish and it is often one people order at restaurants but for some reason never try to recreate at home. If you have some squid and you want to know how to prepare a tasty filling, stuff the squid and cook it to tender perfection, read on for all the best recipes and tips. There is nothing difficult about this dish and the ingredients are easy to come by.
Choose from mild or spicy recipes, let yourself be inspired by a Greek or Spanish recipe, or try something from Asia or beyond. Compare various recipes to see which one resonates with your palate the best and then follow one of our easy step-by-step recipes and prepare a dinner which is sure to impress the whole family.
There is more than one way to make stuffed squid so if you have only had it cooked Italian style you might wish to try a spicy Asian recipe. If you have only had it filled with a rice mixture, try making a couscous or breadcrumb based filling instead.
What to Expect
If you are one of the unfortunately people who has not eaten squid recently because of a bad experience with rubbery squid, you might be heartened to know that squid is only rubbery or chewy when it is not cooked properly!
You would not quit eating beef because someone served you a dried-out burger, so give squid another chance. Cooked correctly it is succulent and tender. Your knife will glide easily through it and chewing should be minimal.
Ideas for the Stuffing
Because there are so many ways to prepare this dish, you might like to think about what type of stuffing you fancy. Cheese features in many recipes because it melts and it tasty with the seafood.
Rice is also good for stuffing and this eliminates the need to serve rice or potatoes on the side. Do you want to serve the stuffed squid with a rich sauce? If so, you might like to have a more solid filling. Serving it without a sauce means you can have a running kind of filling, so the moisture levels are balanced.
I buy frozen squid bodies and frozen tentacles separately then I chop the tentacles and use them as part of the filling. Whether you can buy it this way depends where you live, and you might live somewhere you can get fresh squid, which is of course the best choice for a fresh flavor.
Fresh or Frozen
Squid is not something most of us eat every day or even every week, but if you live somewhere fresh seafood is abundant and affordable that might make a difference to your diet.
I usually buy it frozen here but thawed correctly it can be just as tender and flavorful as fresh squid, so don’t worry if you can only get frozen seafood because you can use that for any of these recipes.
Squid for Any Occasion
Serve stuffed squid if you want to impress your family or if you have enjoyed it on vacation and want to recreate your favorite dish and bring back all those great memories of eating seafood by the beach.
Choose one of these recipes if you have guests coming to dinner and you want them to be impressed with your cooking skills. You can often prepare the squid in the morning and then just start to cook it on the stove or in the oven when your guests arrive.
Take your pick from spicy to mild stuffed squid recipes, choosing whichever cuisine appeals to your palate.
Greek, Italian or Asian squid recipes all offer their own merits and it is fun to experiment with different recipes using delicious squid.
What is better than reading a recipe on the screen? Watching someone actually make the dish, of course.
If that idea appeals to you, take a look at some of these video recipes for squid and see for yourself how the best dishes are made.