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Where can I buy calamari to cook at home?

bmore_flavor Apr 30, 2008 09:00 AM

I want to try a few recipes that call for calamari, fresh or frozen. Any place (balto co. or city) that carries good calamari? Or can I go to just about any seafood counter and buy it?

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    sas RE: bmore_flavor Apr 30, 2008 09:41 AM


    1. monkeyrotica RE: bmore_flavor Apr 30, 2008 09:47 AM

      I've found that freezing doesn't affect the flavor of calamari (at least to me anyway). As with octopus, freezing seems to tenderize the meat. It's available in most frozen seafood sections in boxes. Whole Foods usually has it fresh.

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        Hal Laurent RE: bmore_flavor Apr 30, 2008 09:54 AM

        I'm pretty sure I've seen calamari at the seafood stand in Broadway Market.

        1. uac1530 RE: bmore_flavor Apr 30, 2008 09:55 AM

          I saw some very nice looking calamari at H Mart on Rt. 40 in Catonsville on Sunday.

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            Pappy RE: bmore_flavor Apr 30, 2008 10:23 AM

            Virtually every ethnic market I have been in sells 2.5lb frozen packages for $6.99. The bodies are whole, and intact, the tenticles are separated, but included. It makes no sense to pay more out of the fish case, because all they have done is thawed it from the same package. Buy a pack, break it in half, use half and keep the other half in the freezer.

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              lrebetsky0423 RE: Pappy Apr 30, 2008 01:46 PM

              I've purchased calamari from Trader Joe's.

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              Jason1 RE: bmore_flavor May 1, 2008 05:56 AM

              H-Mart in Catonsville.

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                lawhound RE: bmore_flavor May 1, 2008 06:25 AM

                Lexington Market or Cross Street Market, you should be able to buy them whole (and not frozen), and cleaning is easy (much easier than scaled fish, for example).

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                  MartinDC RE: bmore_flavor May 1, 2008 06:43 AM

                  Do you mean squid? The word "calamari", in this country, seems to be reserved for the ringlets that are breaded and deep-fried. But it is a prettier word than "squid."

                  I find squid in almost any seafood market. When I lived in Baltimore, I used to get it at Whole Foods, Safeway, Cross Street, etc. It's pretty common. The freshest squid might come from asian markets, but I would be pretty choosy about which one -- I think you would have to go out to the burbs.

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