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How to clean Kalamari (Squid)

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If you get fresh kalamari, also written calamari, aka squid, which we usually do in Greece, you will have to learn how to clean it first, in order to cook it.

Frozen kalamari are usually sold cleaned.

Kalamari is a popular food in Greece and you will find it on the menu of almost all the restaurants.

However, at the restaurants, you usually get fried kalamari but why limit it to that when you can cook it yourselves, in so many other ways.

You can stuff the body with rice and herbs, you can make risotto, grill it, make battered kalamari, etc.

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How to clean Kalamari

To clean the kalamari, remove the part where the head and the tentacles are, by holding the tail and pulling the tentacles.

Cut the head off.

Keep just the tentacles making sure not to break the ink sac and then remove the white small ball in between the tentacles, which is the mouth (jaw).

The ink from the sac can be used in many recipes as an additional flavouring, so if you like, you can keep that as well.

Remove the cuttlebone from inside the body of the kalamari (squid).

Remove the innards of the Kalamari sac and wash it well.

The body of the kalamari has two fins.  If you are going to stuff the kalamari, you can either leave them on or use them together with the tentacles in the filling.

If you are going to fry them, remove the fins and skin and cut the body into round slices.

Other relevant posts:

Kalamaria Tiganita (fried) and Gemista (stuffed)

Three recipes with Thrapsala (short fin squid)

Kalamaria Gemista (stuffed calamari)

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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