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Grilled Calamari recipes?

Thinking about switching from fried to grilled this Christmas Eve, I never grilled calamari though. I am mostly concerned with not over or under-cooking. it Any ideas, insight, recipes, etc.? I'll be using a Weber if it matters.

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  1. I am all-ears on this subject as well! Any tenderizing ideas - unusual maybe?

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      This one might not go down too well but... Freezing squid helps to break down some of the colagen(???) Well whatever the stuff that makes squid squid is. Not too popular with the purests but... (Besides I normally get squid in a 5kg box so...)

    2. I've grilled stuffed calamari before. It doesn't take very long, maybe a few minutes each side. You can stuff them with just about anything. Some things I've tried and liked are feta and sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta and spinach, Couscous, even chopped clams, or scallops.
      Use tooth picks to close them up. Brush with a little olive oil and grill.
      Be creative.

      1. There's only two ways to cook calamari - quick and very, very well done. Anything in between is like rubber bands.
        I sometimes stuff it with a precooked shrimp "paste" (shrimp, scallions, garlic and ginger) and then grill it quickly. The other way is the usual 'rings' and tenacles. just enough to get grill marks.

        1. Two different kinds of "calamari".

          Steaks cut from jumbo squid and whole from market squid.

          1. Cleaning calamari yourself is a nighmare from hell. If you want tubes and the squiggly bits, it's well worth paying someone else for that part.

            To keep them from being tough, sear them on high heat QUICKLY - not much more than a minute on each surface. To keep the tubes from getting too curly, gently score them. They're delightful, particularly over a salad of mixed baby greens, lightly dressed. Jamie Oliver uses them a lot - check out his recipes, for example:

            Marinated Squid with Chickpeas and Chilli
            Ingredients
            6 medium-sized squid, gutted and cleaned 1 (14-ounce) can of chickpeas or use 6 ounces dried ones, soaked and cooked until tender
            1 small knob of fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced
            About 4 glugs of extra-virgin olive oil
            Juice of 2 lemons
            2 fresh red chillies, seeded and finely sliced
            Salt and freshly ground black pepper
            1 handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
            1 handful of fresh cilantro, torn

            Instructions
            You can ask your fishmonger to clean the squid for you and score it in a crisscross pattern. This will allow your marinade to get right in there. In a hot griddle or frying pan, or over the grill, sear and char the squid. It should take about a minute for the white flesh and a little longer for the tentacles. Remove and slice the white flesh of each squid into 3 or 4 pieces, leaving the tentacles whole. Put the rest of the ingredients, except the herbs, into a bowl, then add your squid while still hot and toss everything together. Just before serving, throw in your herbs and check again for seasoning.

            Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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            1. re: rcallner

              how long are you marinating?

              is squid one of those things where the longer your marinate the better? or does it 'cook' like ceviche if you leave it too long?