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Squid with Herbs | Easy Fish Recipes

Squid with Herbs | Easy Fish Recipes

Squid should be cooked for the shortest possible time – overcooking makes it tough and inedible. It can usually be bought ready-prepared, but if you need to prepare it yourself, this is how you do it. Draw back the rim of the body pouch to locate the quill­shaped pen and pull it out. Separate the body from the tentacles by pulling gently apart just below the eyes – the inedible head and inksac will come away together. Slip a finger under the skin and peel it away gently.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Seafood
Servings 4


  • 2 lb (1 kg) prepared baby squid
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges, to garnish


  • Score the squid in a criss-cross pattern arid cut the tentacles in half if they are large. Heat the oil in a wok, add the garlic and cook gently until browned, then discard. Season the squid with salt and pepper.
  • Increase the heat, add the squid to the wok and cook briskly for just under 1 minute. Sprinkle with the herbs and lemon juice. Serve immediately, garnished with the lemon wedges and accompanied by crusty bread.
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