A Fishmongers Guide: How To Clean Squid

Squid, with its tender, sweet flesh, is a seafood delicacy enjoyed worldwide. Preparing squid at home may seem daunting, especially when it comes to cleaning. But fear not, cleaning squid is a straightforward process that can be mastered with a little guidance. In this short blog post, we'll walk you through the steps to clean squid so you can enjoy it in your favourite dishes.

What You'll Need:

  • Fresh squid
  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • A bowl of cold water
  • Paper towels or a clean kitchen towel

Step 1:

Gather Your Ingredients Start by getting all your materials ready. You want to have everything within reach to make the process smoother.

Step 2:

Remove the Head Hold the squid firmly and grasp the head with one hand. With your other hand, gently twist and pull the head away from the body. Discard the head or set it aside for other uses if you like.

Step 3:

Remove the Innards Inside the body, you'll find the ink sac and other innards. Reach into the body cavity and gently remove these parts. Be careful not to burst the ink sac, as squid ink can stain your hands and surfaces.

Step 4:

Rinse the Body Under running cold water, rinse the squid body inside and out to remove any remaining bits. Use your fingers to ensure all the innards are gone.

Step 5:

Remove the Skin Peel back the skin of the squid. You can do this by gently pulling it away from the body. If it doesn't come off easily, you can use a knife to scrape it off. The skin may be a little slimy, but this is perfectly normal.

Step 6:

Clean the Tentacles The tentacles are a delectable part of the squid. To clean them, separate them from the head and remove the beak, which is a hard, sharp part at the center. Rinse the tentacles under cold water to ensure they are clean.

Step 7:

Cut as Desired Now that your squid is clean, you can prepare it in your preferred way. Slice the body into rings or leave it whole, depending on your recipe. The tentacles can be left as they are or chopped into smaller pieces.

Step 8:

Pat Dry Before cooking, it's important to pat the squid dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Excess moisture can cause splattering when you cook it, so ensure it's as dry as possible.

And there you have it! You've successfully cleaned your squid and are ready to create a delicious seafood dish. Whether you're grilling, frying, or sautéing, cleaning squid at home allows you to enjoy this delightful seafood in a variety of culinary delights.

Squid Recipes:

Salt and Pepper Squid Recipe 


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