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Fast & Easy Recipe For Grilled Squid With Ginger, Celery, and Apple Slaw

Sunday BBQ: Grilled Squid With Ginger, Celery, and Apple Slaw

After eating my way through the tasting tents at SF Chefs. Food. Wine this weekend, I'm looking forward to sitting down to a dinner that's light and healthy, but still full of flavor. I'm going a bit off the beaten barbecue path: I'll throw some marinated calamari on the grill and serve it while it's still tender, warm, and freshly charred, with a bed of sweet-tart slaw.

If you've never cooked with squid before, don't be daunted. You can ask your fishmonger to clean it for you. Take a break from your standard meal tonight when you read more.

Grilled Squid With Ginger, Celery, & Apple Slaw

Grilled Squid With Ginger, Celery, & Apple Slaw

Fast & Easy Recipe For Grilled Squid With Ginger, Celery, & Apple Slaw

Ingredients

Marinade
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons white or light miso paste
3 tablespoons sake
2 teaspoons mirin
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
8 calamari (bodies only), rinsed and dried
Slaw:
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Coarse salt, to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
5 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and sliced diagonally into 2 1/2-inch pieces
1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise and sliced into 2 1/2-inch matchsticks
3/4 cup sunflower sprouts
1 serrano chile, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced crosswise
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Make the marinade: Cook garlic, miso, sake, mirin, soy sauce, and oyster sauce in a pan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Let cool slightly.
  2. Using a kitchen mallet, pound both sides of calamari a few times to tenderize. Insert a sharp knife into calamari, cut along seams, and then open like a book. Lightly score inner sides at 1/4-inch intervals. Add calamari to marinade, and let stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Make the slaw: Whisk together ginger, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, and salt. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 to 4 seconds.) Wrap 3 bricks or the bottom of a heavy skillet with heavy-duty foil. Remove calamari from marinade, and season scored sides with salt. Place calamari, scored sides down, on grill, and top with foil-lined weight. Grill until opaque, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cut into 3/4-inch-wide pieces.
  5. Toss celery, apple, scallions, sprouts, and chile with 3 tablespoons dressing (reserve remaining dressing for another use). Arrange on a platter. Top with calamari, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serves 4.

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