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Old 08-04-2013, 12:29 AM   #31
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I beleive Alton Brown once explained that freezing squid and octopus actually helps tenderize it.

They are very interesting to cook because there is no middle ground to cooking. To keep the flesh tender you either cook them very quickly or stew them for a long time. Anything in between and you get rubber bands.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:50 PM   #32
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Looks like the 2014 grilling season is saved: I just picked up 5kg of baby octopus, waiting in my freezer for a sunny day and a bottle of ouzo!

 
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:43 PM   #33
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I love Octopus and Squid. I had octopus smoked a couple of times when I was living in Hawaii in the late 70's. The first time was delicious and the second time was like eating strips of dried rubber. don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the flavor both times but that second time took a heck of a lot of chewing.

I really want to check out the takoyaki that tcapmidnoces was talking about.
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Hey Podz, you (or anyone else) got any tips for grilling squid/octopus and/or a suggestion as to a seafood grilling cookbook? I have access to squid & was thinking about trying stuffed squid tubes on the grill again & would like to up my squid game.
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Biggest issue I've ever had with stuffed squid is the filling has to be something that cooks very quickly (or is precooked) which is why I think you see a lot of spinach and feta and that kind of thing stuffed in squid. Getting either overcooked squid or undercooked stuffing makes for sadness.
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Hey Podz, you (or anyone else) got any tips for grilling squid/octopus and/or a suggestion as to a seafood grilling cookbook? I have access to squid & was thinking about trying stuffed squid tubes on the grill again & would like to up my squid game.
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I wouldn't personally try to grill squid and I don't like stuffed squid in any case. Best way to eat squid is the tried and true deep fried rings. Those are just great!

 
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I wouldn't personally try to grill squid and I don't like stuffed squid in any case. Best way to eat squid is the tried and true deep fried rings. Those are just great!
I see your fried squid and raise you squid stewed in red wine with mirapoix. Gorgeous stuff...
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I wouldn't personally try to grill squid and I don't like stuffed squid in any case. Best way to eat squid is the tried and true deep fried rings. Those are just great!
Last time I cleaned the squid, & separated the tubes from the tentacles. Boiled the tentacles with some shrimp & chopped it all after it cooled. mixed that in with long grain & wild rice along with chopped morels and a few herbs & spices. Stuffed that mix into the tubes & secured with a toothpick. Then they went on the grill, using indirect heat. I brushed them with sesame oil to keep them from drying out, but some of them did anyway. It was my own recipe & I like it, but it needs improving. I just thought maybe some of your octopus tips could be adapted to my stuffed squid tubes recipe.
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EDIT: BTW, this is smaller squid, the longest, with tentacles included is only about 8 or 9 inches long.
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One tip I can give is to use olive oil, kalamata if available, instead of sesame oil. Lots of garlic and oregano as well.

I've had stuffed squid a few times at a small taverna on an island in Greece and I didn't really like it much.

Anyway, the difference between octopus and squid is that you don't need to throw much of the octopus away, whereas about 50% of the squid is cartilage. If the price is equal, buying octopus instead of squid is a no-brainer.

 
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One tip I can give is to use olive oil, kalamata if available, instead of sesame oil.
Other than flavour, does the olive oil do anything differently than the sesame oil?
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