How to clean and prepare squid? If you have bought one, or you have been given one that someone you know has caught, we will explain here, how you should clean the squid ready to add to your recipe.
Squid are rich in protein and low in calories, a healthy and cheap option to prepare a multitude of recipes such as sushi or stuffed squid. They can be bought clean but sometimes you even save by buying them without cleaning. You do it at home since it is not difficult at all.
Use some plastic gloves since otherwise it gives a little “thickness” when touching certain parts of the squid that have a gelatinous texture, and you can also get ink stained.
1- Stretch the tentacles outwards, remove the skin by stretching it back, for this you can help yourself with a small knife such as the one to peel potatoes.
2-Now we have the clean body touch remove the “squid feather” which is a bone that looks like a piece of plastic, you can remove it with your fingers without difficulty.
3-Now we rinse the inside of the squid with cold water.
4-We continue with the cleaning of the squid, now we separate the tentacles from the head with a knife and cut below the eyes. Discard the guts of the squid. We will find a bag of ink that we can save for if you make black rice or risotto.
5-In the head remove the eyes and a small ball, everything is removed. You can now cut the squid into rings, or cubes according to the recipe you are going to cook.
These mollusks can be cooked in many ways, grilled with sauce, battered. The meat is light since they have more than 70% water and approximately 16 grams of protein per 100 grams. Its carbohydrate content is low, only 3 grams.
They have vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folates, vitamin B12, a good dose of pantothenic acid and choline.
Among the minerals they have iron, magnesium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, some sodium and zinc.
They have polyunsaturated like Omega 3 and Omega 6 thanks to its content of niacin or vitamin B3, squid help stabilize blood sugar levels. In addition, vitamin B12 or riboflavin is beneficial in reducing migraines.