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Dinner Tonight: Fried Squid with Marinara Sauce

I was searching for the ultimate fried squid recipe, or calamari as it was dubbed by all the restaurants around my hometown. Most times I've had the dish, the squid has been rubbery and tough, necessitating some kind of tomato sauce to get it down. For help I turned to James Peterson's What's a Cook to Do? where I pulled this helpful quote: "The secret to good fried squid is to fry it for only one minute." That seemed impossibly short, but I backed it up with this recipe from the New York Times.

Peterson is right. The rounds don't come out stunningly golden-brown, but the squid is so tender and light that it's really not an issue. They tasted like no squid I've ever had. In fact, they're so good, the marinara isn't really needed even if it does work. I chose to use it simply because it's how I grew up eating the dish. Some aioli wouldn't be bad. But honestly, with a nice squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of salt, these are set.

When is the last time you've heard that about calamari?

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