Our fish focus for January is Squid.
These colour changing, ink shooting Cephalopods date back to the Jurassic era! Our common squid Loligo Vulgaris is one of 300 species across the world.
As a rule of thumb we say cooking times are either very quick or very slow and nowhere in-between.
Check out this recipe for a delicious warming squid stew. Perfect for those cold winter nights in.
Give it a go and let us know.
4 tbsp olive oil
4 mixed red, yellow or orange peppers, deseeded and sliced
1 red onion, finely sliced
100g soft cooking chorizo, finely chopped
½ tsp chilli flakes, (optional)
4 sprigs thyme
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 bay leaf
50ml red wine vinegar
25g caster sugar
400g squid, cleaned and sliced
400g tin butter beans, drained and rinsed
½ small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the peppers and onions over a medium heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very soft and tender – add a splash of water if they start to catch, as you don’t want them taking on too much colour. Add the chorizo and chilli flakes, if using, and fry for 5 minutes until the chorizo releases its oil. Add the thyme, garlic and bay, and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the vinegar and sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Tip in the passata, then swirl a splash of water through the jar and add this, too. Season and bring to a simmer.
Stir in the squid, then cover and cook over a low heat for 1 hour. Add a splash of water to cover the squid, if needed. Check it after 1 hour – the squid should be tender but not mushy.
Fold in the butter beans and check the sauce for seasoning – it should be sweet and sour. Simmer, uncovered if needed to thicken the sauce slightly. Cook for 10 minutes more, stir in the parsley and serve with crusty bread or an orzo salad.
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