I am one hell of a big squid lover! I know that it does not look like the most appetizing creature on the planet – frankly, I even find it quite scary- but these little ugly fellas are by far the tastiest things that come out of the sea.
Confession nr. 2: I hate people who don’t know how to cook squid properly!
Squid is of course notorious for being difficult to cook, because it can get all tough and rubbery when cooked too long…
So here’s a tip: STOP OVERCOOKING IT! And then you won’t get rubbery squid! It’s as simple as that!
Confession nr. 3: I hate people who think that squid equals fried calamari rings!
Since I’m already lecturing all of you food nitwits, I would also like to add that squid is not the same as fried calamari rings! I repeat: it is NOT THE SAME! Fried calamari is only one of the many many many possible squid dishes! And all the other dishes are even better!
This teriyaki squid tasted out of this world. It was sticky and incredibly aromatic thanks to the home-made teriyaki sauce and it was cooked to perfection. And let’s be honest here: I’m not a trained chef, so if I can do it, so can you!
Teriyaki squid with udon noodles
For the teriyaki marinade:
• 3 clove of garlic, grated
• 3cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
• 2 tbsp brown sugar
• 4 tbsp soy sauce
• 2 tbsp mirin
For the noodles:
• Mix of vegetables: pak choi, leeks, peppers, carrots, spring onion, bean sprouts,…
• 250gr udon noodles
• 4 squid tubes, cleaned and kept whole
• 3 tbsp peanut butter
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 4 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tsp chilli powder
• 1 tbsp brown sugar
• Fresh coriander
1. Mix the ingredients for the marinade together in a bowl. Put a sharp knife in the tubes of the squid and cut through the side, open it out, then lightly score every ½cm in a criss-cross fashion. This means the squid will absorb extra flavour. Now slice the squid into strips. Put the squid in the bowl with the marinade and set in the fridge for at least one hour.
2. Cook the udon noodles according to the instructions on the packet.
3. Put the peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce and chilli together in a bowl and mix until you get a smooth paste.
4. Add the vegetables to a screaming hot wok and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the peanut butter paste. Stir in the cooked noodles and season if necessary.
5. Take the squid out of the fridge and toss the squid and the marinade into a hot pan. Stir fry the squid for 2 minutes until the squid is just tender and the marinade is getting all sticky and wonderful.
6. Serve your delicious squid on top of your noodles and finish with some fresh coriander.