Calamares – How to Make Squid Rings

calamaresSquid is popular food in many parts of the world. Squid is called “calamari” (from Italian word “calamaro”). Normally a calamares is a fried squid. It consists of batter-coated, deep fried squid, often fried for less than two (2) minutes to prevent it from becoming too tough. It is usually served plain with salt and lemon on the side.

In Chinese cuisine, the squid is often dried, coated in a salt and pepper batter and served with spicy hot garnishing of chili and salt.

Calamares is now considered as street food in the Philippines. One (1) kg of pusit cost P200.00. One (1) kg of pusit processed as calamares gives a yield of 120 pcs. which is sold at P3.00 per piece. 120 pcs of calamares x P3.00 will cost P360.00. Production cost per ring is approximately P2.00.

Calamares (Squid Rings)

You will be needing:
Salt – 1tsp
Ground black pepper – 1 tsp
Vetsin (MSG) – 1/2 tsp
Egs, medium – 2 pcs
All purpose flour – 1 cup
Chilled water – 2/3 cups
Onion, chopped – 1 medium
Garlic, chopped – 2 Tbsp
Meaty ginisa – 1/2 tsp
Cooking oil – 2 cups

1. Clean squid very well. Remove the internal organs and cut into strings (120 rings/ kg).
2. In a separate bowl, add well beaten eggs and all purpose flour. Add chopped onions, garlic and meaty ginisa.
3. Deep-pot fry until golden brown.
4. Serve in a platter.

Source: Lourdes S. Rivera, Marid Agribusiness Digest Photo: goldenseafrozenfoods.com

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