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If you want tender calamari, there are two ways to go about it: either cook them quickly (from 4 to 8 ...
 
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September 16, 2014
Cooking Calamari

If you want tender calamari, there are two ways to go about it: either cook them quickly (from 4 to 8 minutes, depending on the amount of calamari and how you cook them), or braise them slowly for 30 minutes or more. Anything in between and the calamari will remain tough. The quick method of cooking calamari focuses more on the texture and fresh flavor of the sea and the calamari themselves. I recommend quick cooking if you want to enjoy the calamari as the prime ingredient or as part of a Zuppa di Pesce-type dish (see recipe online), where the texture of the fish is very important. The long braising method focuses more on the flavor of the sauce by extracting the flavor of the calamari into the sauce, and is preferable if you want to make a calamari sauce to dress pasta, risotto, or polenta.