Life Hack: How To Properly Peel Squid

Squid contains a lot of protein and iodine, and it is also the most dietary seafood. They contain vitamins of groups B and C and other trace elements that are useful for digestion.

Squids can be deep-fried, grilled, stewed with vegetables. They are added to pasta, risotto, pizza, soups, or salads. But to cook squid, you first need to peel them. This can be done in several ways.

How To Peel Frozen Squid

Frozen squid is a finished carcass from which entrails and films need to be removed.

  • Remove the squid from the freezer and thaw.
  • Boil water in a saucepan and prepare a bowl of cold water (you can add a few ice cubes).
  • Using a slotted spoon, immerse the squid in boiling water for a few seconds and immediately transfer to cold water.
  • After the temperature drop, the skin on the squid carcass bursts and shrivels. It will need to be carefully removed.
  • Cut the peeled carcass on one side, remove the chitinous plate and entrails. The squid is now ready to cook.

How to peel squid without boiling water

Life Hack: How To Properly Peel Squid
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To free the carcass from the film, you can use the cold method.

  • Remove the film from fresh or quick-frozen squid with a stocking. If it does not come off immediately and with a jerk, do it little by little, pulling slightly with a knife.
  • Finally, remove the entrails and chords from the squid.

How to cook squid correctly

The main secret of cooking squid is not to overcook. Otherwise, they will become tough and rubbery.

Squids are boiled in boiling water for 1-2 minutes under a lid. Or you can cook squids according to this rule; cook for half a minute after boiling, turn off the heat, and brew for 10 minutes.

Defrost the frozen squid rings and cook for 1 minute.

Adapted and translated by Wiki Avenue Staff

Sources: Today Lifestyle