Many of you have tried squid meat in salads, so there is no need to explain how interestingly its taste is combined with other ingredients. But how to cook his meat so that it remains tender and fragrant? In supermarkets it is almost impossible to purchase chilled squid, and only frozen carcasses. In this regard, often the hostess ask themselves the same question - am I doing the right thing? In order to dispel all your doubts once and for all, we will briefly shed light on all the secrets of cooking squid.
First, try to buy uncleaned squid, or at least those that are still protected by a peel film. Remember that fresh squid will surely smell like sea, something resembling the smell of crabs. If this smell is absent, then keep in mind - these squids have already been frozen. You can eat such meat, but, unfortunately, you will not get the taste you need. Squids are defrosted in the usual way - from the refrigerating chamber they are transferred into cold water. And while they are not completely defrosted, remove all the insides of the body, chitin plates and the outer skin. It should now easily detach. To keep the squid meat tender, we do not recommend scalding the squid with boiling water before cleaning. And when you have already learned how to properly clean squid, we can proceed to the preparation of salads, the main ingredient of which will be their meat.
Recipe 1. Salad with squid and corn
- squid - 200 g;
- canned corn - 150 g;
- Onions - 1 pc .;
- cheese - 120 g;
- egg - 3 pcs .;
- mayonnaise - 2 tbsp.
In order to make tasty meat, we recommend you to make marinade. Pour 400 ml of water, add 3 tablespoons to it. spoons of sugar, 2 tbsp. spoons of salt, 5 pieces of black pepper peas, vinegar 2 tbsp. and a leaf of laurel. Bring the marinade to a boil and continue to boil for another 5 minutes. Then dip the peeled squid carcass in the marinade and cook another 1 - 1.5 minutes. Do not increase the cooking time, because instead of a fragrant and tender fillet, you risk getting tough meat. Do not choose the meat from the hot marinade, and leave to cool with it. Naturally, you can cook squid only in salted water, but try to cook it according to our recipe, the result of this easy process will pleasantly surprise you. The meat was boiled, now cut it into rings, and then in arbitrary pieces, as you like. Try the meat - it is tasty even without additional ingredients.
Now cut the onion into half rings and fill them with boiling water. After 2 minutes, drain the water. Boil the eggs, cool them and after cleaning, cut them into arbitrary pieces. Open a jar of corn and enter into the salad. Mix everything, add grated cheese and season with mayonnaise. Before adding salt to the salad, taste it. This salad is served to the table only chilled.
Recipe 2. Salad “Tropics” - with squid and corn
- squid - 300 g;
- tinned canned corn;
- Pineapple - 200 g;
- Lean mayonnaise - 150 g;
- onions - 0.5 heads;
- Fresh herbs and salt.
Drain the liquid from the jar of corn and from the jar of pineapples. Boil the squid meat, cool it and cut into cubes. Pineapples cut into cubes and mix with corn and squid cubes. Shred half of the onion and, in order for the onion to release its bitterness, pour boiling water over it for 2 minutes. Drain and add the onion to the salad. Crush the fragrant fresh greens, which will give freshness to our exotic salad, and add to the salad with spices. Fill with mayonnaise, mix, and our salad with squid, corn and diced pineapple is ready. This salad is an excellent find for cooks who usually include it on the menu during fasting. If you cook a salad not in the post, you can use any mayonnaise!
Recipe 3. Squid and Corn Salad
- corn - 200 g;
- squid - 0.5 kg .;
- eggs - 10 pcs .;
- salmon caviar - 150 g;
- a pack of crab sticks;
- fresh greens and mayonnaise.
The exquisite and rich taste of this in truth royal salad can not be overestimated. Try it yourself. First boil the squid meat according to the above recipe. Cool it and cut into strips. Open a can of caviar and place the caviar on a thick sieve to let the glass fluid. Boil chicken eggs for 10 minutes and immediately transfer them to cold water. Peel, separate the yolks from the whites. We only need proteins for salad! Rub them on a medium grater. Crab sticks freed from the film and cut into pieces. It remains to drain the water from the jar of corn and combine all the ingredients. Leave half of the red caviar to garnish and add half to the salad. Stir gently, add chopped greens and season the salad with mayonnaise. Before adding salt to the salad, we recommend that you taste it first, and only after that you will be able to correctly navigate the amount of salt.
Put the salad in a salad bowl and garnish with salmon caviar.
Recipe 4. Salad with Squids and Corn
- squid - 300 g;
- sweet bell peppers of different colors - 100 g;
- 1 pc. orange and apple;
- corn - 1 bank;
- cheese - 40 g;
- green salad leaves.
For salad dressing:
- Vinegar - 1 tbsp. l .;
- vegetable oil - 2 tbsp. and chili powder.
First, clean the squid carcass, cook the marinade and boil the meat. Cool and cut it into strips. Peel the orange, cut off the white film with a knife and cut it into slices. Peel the peppers and apples and cut them into strips. Cheese rubbed on a coarse grater.
Refueling. We need to mix the vegetable oil with vinegar, whip them with a dipping blender and add chili powder. Now the plate on which we are going to put the salad, rubbed with a slice of garlic and grease with olive oil. Let the lettuce leaves in cold water for 2 minutes and dry. Beautifully lay out a pillow under the salad and sprinkle the leaves with balsamic vinegar. Put the salad in layers. The first layer of salad - squid meat. Then put a layer of peppers and sprinkle with grated cheese. Next - a layer of apples and put slices of oranges at the very top. Cover salad with cheese and pour over cooked dressing. Garnish the lettuce leaves on a platter with lime slices and that's it — the salad is ready!
Salad with squid and corn - secrets and useful tips from the best chefs
- Boiled squids in marinade can be stored in the refrigerator for another day. Only at the same time do not choose it from the pan, but put it in the fridge along with the marinade.
- If you boil squid meat only in salted water, the cooking time should be increased to 5 minutes.