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Where can I buy calamari to cook at home?

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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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  1. Wegmans

    1. 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.

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Pappy

              I've purchased calamari from Trader Joe's.

            2. H-Mart in Catonsville.

              1. 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).

                1. 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.