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Squids in tomato sauce can be served as an independent dish or you can mix seafood with pasta for a delicious and satisfying second dish. This simple recipe will help budding chefs clean and cook squid without much hassle. Try it once - you will definitely like it! The recipe is suitable for lean and vegetarian menus in cases where it is permissible to include seafood and fish in the diet. It is better to use homemade tomato sauce, without additives and preservatives, and if there is no such thing, then grind the peeled tomatoes in a blender and boil the tomato puree for several minutes without oil and without salt, for color and aroma, you can add a couple of teaspoons of sweet paprika to the puree.
- Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Servings: 3-4
Ingredients for squid in tomato sauce
- 3 Pacific squid;
- 2 onions;
- 2 cloves of garlic;
- 20 g butter;
- 10 ml olive oil;
- 150 g tomato puree;
- a bunch of dill;
- salt, sugar and pepper.
Method for cooking squid in tomato sauce
It takes a little time to defrost seafood for cooking squid in tomato sauce - 20 minutes before cooking, we take out the squid carcasses from the freezer, put it in a saucepan or bowl filled with cold water.
We take a large saucepan, fill it with boiling water, add 2-3 teaspoons of table salt. In boiling water, one by one, put the squid. As soon as the water boils again, cook each squid for 2 minutes. If you load all the seafood at the same time, then the water will cool down sharply and will not boil again soon.
We put a bowl with cold water next to it, remove the carcasses from boiling water with tongs and put them in cold water - this will stop the cooking process, the squid will remain tender and juicy.
We thoroughly rinse the cooled seafood under a stream of running cold water - wash off the remnants of the curled skin, remove the insides and chord (a thin transparent strip located inside the carcass).
Cut the carcasses of boiled squid into rings about half a centimeter thick, cut the tails into thin strips.
In a frying pan, heat the butter and olive oil, put finely chopped onions and chopped garlic in the melted butter, salt, pepper, add a pinch of sugar.
When the onion becomes translucent, put the chopped seafood in the pan.
Then add the tomato puree. In this recipe for squid in tomato sauce, homemade tomato puree without salt and sugar, you can also use peeled tomatoes canned in your own juice.
Fry the contents of the pan over high heat for 5-7 minutes, shake the pan from time to time.
Chop the dill with a sharp knife very finely or grind it in a mortar with a pinch of salt. Add chopped dill to the rest of the ingredients.
Stir, heat the dish for another 1-2 minutes, and remove the pan from the stove.
Serve hot or warm squid in tomato sauce with fresh white bread with a crispy crust. You can also boil spaghetti, mix with squid and sprinkle with grated Parmesan - delicious!