How to Tenderize Calamari

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How to Tenderize Calamari
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Calamari, a delicacy of cooked squid, is a staple in many Greek, Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Calamari is light, tasty and inexpensive, making it an ideal seafood dish for any budget-conscious family. The process of tenderising calamari is easy.

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Things you need

  • calamari
  • cooking utensils
  • milk
  • wooden mallet
  • lemon juice

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    How to Tenderize Calamari

  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup of whole milk and marinate the calamari overnight in the refrigerator (1 cup of milk per pound). The lactic acid will begin the tenderising process.

  2. 2

    Soak the calamari in lemon juice for approximately five minutes before cooking.

  3. 3

    Gently pound the calamari with a tenderising hammer or mallet just before cooking. This works for any type of preparation, whether pan searing, broiling or frying.

  4. 4

    Cook the calamari according to your recipe, being careful to take the squid off the heat source when it turns white.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not overcook or overheat the calamari, as the temperature will affect its tenderness. Medium or medium-low heat works best.

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