How to Cook Calamari Steaks

Not many people know that for steak recipes, calamari steaks can be a rare yet delightful treat. For fear of avoiding underdone calamari dishes, most people just overdo them making the meat taste rubbery in the process. However, when done properly, calamari steaks are truly mouth-watering. Something you can truly enjoy!

Buying Calamari Steaks

For someone not very familiar with calamari dishes yet, the best thing to try is one that is frozen. It is easy to defrost and you can avoid the hassles of making the meat tender and you can have plenty of time preparing the steak to be cooked. You can find frozen calamari steaks in the frozen seafood section of your local grocery store.

how to cook calamari steaks How to Cook Calamari Steaks

You can thaw the frozen calamari steaks using cold water or it can also be done overnight in the refrigerator. Letting it soften in water or other liquids would help soften the fibrous tissues of the steak. You should bear in mind that for a novice in cooking calamari steaks, texture could sometimes be more important than flavor.

Preparing Calamari Steaks

For someone who has access to local fish merchants, you can buy fresh calamari there. These fish dealers make calamari steaks from giant squid meat which is tenderized before being sold. Consequently, most people would prefer additional tenderizing before cooking the calamari because it will have a better taste and above all else, the texture would become a lot better.

Cooking Calamari Steaks

One of the things that would surprise people about calamari (and this applies to other seafoods as well) is the versatility. Most people love the fried calamari; however, there are many other ways to prepare it, together with you favorite vegetables to have a complete dish. So here’s a recipe you and your family would surely enjoy!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Canola oil
  • Breadcrumbs (Italian seasoned)
  • Flour
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Eggs – 2 pieces
  • Calamari steaks – 4 pieces (get the pre-pounded ones)

How to Cook Calamari Steaks

  1. Use a big frying pan and place oil in it.
  2. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs well.
  3. Prepare flour in a separate shallow pan.
  4. Pour the seasoned bread crumbs in another pan.
  5. Add salt and pepper to the calamari steaks. Then dip into flour first, next into egg and next into seasoned bread crumbs.
  6. Place the steaks in the frying pan. Let the first side to turn brown before turning the other side.
  7. Serve with your favorite sauce or gravy.

Warning: Do not overcook calamari steaks because they will get tough. The meat cooks fast.

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