Octopuses are mollusks that people eat all over the world. You can eat it grilled, stewed, like sashimi. Either way it will be great! In fact, today we want to share a recipe for fried squid with garlic and parsley, which is light and delicious.
There are about 12 edible species of squid, oysters and mussels. The squid meat is firm and it has a sweet taste that goes well with any sauce or spice. We recommend taking a look at this recipe and give it a try!
Recipe for fried squid with garlic and parsley
People all over the world eat breaded and fried squid, also known as calamari. But in places that place more emphasis on their gastronomy, you can also find various other dishes and stews with squid.
Due to its firm texture, you can cook it quickly and in many different ways. For example, you can grill or sauté it. In addition, it is delicious in stews that have more juicy sauces.
Squid are also full of nutrients. They are known to have high protein levels as well as minerals such as selenium, iodine, phosphorus and vitamins B and E
For all these reasons, we recommend making this recipe for fried squid with garlic and parsley. It is a quick dish to cook and does not take very long to make, so there is no excuse for not trying this easy and tasty dish.
Ingredients for fried squid with garlic and parsley
To make 2 servings of this dish, use the following:
- 2 cloves garlic
- Extra virgin olive oil
- A few sprigs of fresh parsley
- 5 small fresh squid
Course of action
As we share the step-by-step instructions for this recipe, you will see how easy and quick it is to make. We also recommend making it all at once, so you can get the optimal consistency and taste.
Follow these steps:
- First clean the squid. To do this, separate the tentacles and remove the entrails. Another option is to get the butcher to do this for you before you buy the squid.
- Place a pan on the stove, add a splash of olive oil, then add the squid. You can also add the tentacles you removed when you cleaned it because they are also edible.
- Once the squid is browned, peel and chop the garlic. Then rinse the parsley and chop the leaves very finely. Put them in a bowl or cup and mix them with one or two tablespoons of olive oil.
- After 5 or 6 minutes, turn the squid over and then pour the mixture of garlic and parsley on top. Fry for another 5 minutes. Turn off the stove, and if you want, you can add a little salt and a splash of lemon juice before serving.
Now that your squid is ready to serve, you can serve it with a salad, white rice, baked potatoes or roasted vegetables.
Contraindications to squid
In general, doctors recommend eating seafood as part of a healthy diet. However, this is not the case for everyone, as eating seafood can be dangerous for some people.
For example, one of the biggest concerns when it comes to eating squid is that it has a relatively high cholesterol content. It contains 230 milligrams per 100 gram portion. As a result, it is one of the molluscs that has the highest cholesterol content.
However, experts’ opinions on dietary cholesterol have changed over the last few years. The Harvard School of Public Health says that while it is important to control the amount of cholesterol you ingest, especially if you have conditions like diabetes, it is not as problematic as we previously thought.
Furthermore, when it comes to fat content, it is best to focus on quality rather than quantity. Squid contains a small amount of saturated fat, which are fats that you should only eat in moderation. However, it also contains omega 3 fatty acids, which are very beneficial for the body.
You should also keep in mind that like all other seafood, squid can cause an allergic reaction. This is because it contains tropomyosin. However, this allergy is less common than an allergy to crustaceans.
If you are allergic to a particular type of crustacean (crabs, lobsters, shrimp) or molluscs (mussels, oysters, scallops), we recommend consuming a small amount of squid to see how you react to squid. You should only perform this test under the advice and guidance of a physician.
Last tip for this recipe for fried squid with garlic
As you can see, this recipe for fried squid with garlic is very easy to make even if you are a beginner in the kitchen. We guarantee that you will be successful in making it, but we would like to share a few tips to make it even easier.
First, we recommend buying fresh squid instead of frozen. Fresh squid will have a much softer texture. In addition, pay attention to cooking times. You need to cook smaller pieces for 5 minutes and larger pieces for 7 or 8 minutes.
If you also want to make this recipe as an appetizer, you can cut the squid into rings or slices before placing it on the pan. If you do, fry them for only 3-4 minutes. Regardless of the size of the squid and how long you cook it, make sure that your oil is very hot and that you leave the heat on medium while you cook.
We strongly recommend making squid a part of your diet as a source of protein. If you eat it in moderation and cook it properly, you can include it in your diet with other nutritious foods like eggs, tofu, lean fish, fatty fish and lean meats.
So the only thing left to do is get started cooking and enjoy this amazing recipe. Whether you make it as an appetizer or as part of a more complete meal, it will definitely make anyone who tries it fall in love with it!