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Grilled Squid With Olive Oil and Lemon

Grilled squid with olive oil and lemon juice is one of those incredibly simple dishes that captures all the best of coastal Mediterranean cooking—it's economical, uncomplicated, and pristine (assuming your squid is pristine...and it should be). One bite and you'll be transported to a beach in Portugal, drinking cold vinho verde from the bottle and spearing juicy grilled squid bodies with your fork. More

Crispy Pan-Fried Noodle Cakes With Seafood

Crispy and a little saucy, egg noodles pan-fried until they form a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-in-the-middle cake is a classic Hong Kong and Guangzhou dish. A nest of egg noodles are fried in a wok until golden brown and topped with a combination of stir-fried meat, seafood, or vegetables. Here's how to make my favorite version, topped with seafood in a light gravy. More

Seafood, Fennel, and Lime Salad from 'Ottolenghi'

Like stuffed mushrooms, seafood salad isn't a terribly common dish in the US these days. Sure, you'll see ceviche on every other "Latin-inspired" menu, but other than this raw preparation, chilled seafood lovers are often left salad-less. This version from Ottolenghi combines raw fennel and red onion with barely-seared squid and tail-on prawns for an even balance of crunch and chew. To brighten it up, they add a generous squeeze of time, a flurry of its zest, and a spoonful of citrusy sumac. Dill, cilantro, and parsley give the salad an herbaceous finish. More

Sausage Stuffed Squid

Sausage and cephalopods are two ingredients that, to me, always work together. And if you use your imagination it's not a far leap to think of a cleaned squid body as the ocean's sausage casing. Squid are creatures that need to be cooked hot and quick, or low and slow to get the best results, so once you add the squid to the tomato sauce, make sure to give it the time it needs. The best test of when the squid is done cooking is taking it out of the pan and giving it a try. To me, fork-poking a slow cooked squid doesn't give an accurate portrayal of its state. More

Fried Squid Po' Boy with Avocado and Black Chile Oil

Usually when I find myself frying up pieces of squid it's for some kind of Mediterranean dish. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) But this stunning sandwich from Tom Colicchio's 'wichcraft instead looks to New Orleans and Mexico for inspiration. The po' boy is drizzled with black chile oil and layered with avocado slices before being topped with handfuls of crispy squid. More

Dinner Tonight: Warm Squid Salad

Cooking squid requires some special patience, as it needs to be cooked until white, but if you wait too long it'll turn into a rubbery little monster. But in this recipe from Jonathon Waxman's A Great American Cook, the squid just needs a few seconds in the scorching skillet, so it's easy to whip up. The sauce is made from rice wine vinegar, oil, and a whole bunch of aïoli, which gives each bite a garlic kick. Everything is then tossed with crisp greens. I found some amazing mizuna at the market, which worked perfectly. More

Dinner Tonight: Fried Squid with Marinara Sauce

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. More

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