as most of you know or at least all of you should know – i have a serious obsession with seafood.
seafood completes my summer life.
actually seafood just completes my food life.
i would live at the southold fish market if i could – and perhaps i should consider proposing marriage to the owners..
anyways – that’s not important now.
what is important is that i tell you about two things
1. cleaning & grilling calamari
2. fish tacos.
oh that’s a doozie.
saturday i tackled two things i’ve been wanting to make forever but never actually put the effort in – surprisingly they were both pretty easy & fan-freaking-tastically delicious.
when deej & hit the fish market late saturday afternoon – we did not have a tom collichio citing – but we did pick up 2lbs of flounder & 2 squids
fish tacos & calamari were on the menu!
i had never made fish tacos before – and up until saturday i always though they would require serious amounts of work. actually it’s the complete opposite
the squid on the other hand? we had to clean ourselves! gasp!
when i asked the fish market helper if the squid was already cleaned – he said ‘nope that’s the only thing we don’t clean’
good thing i made deej & nice strong cocktail – give the woman a greenportini and she powered through the cleaning
how to clean squid in three easy steps:
1. wash your squids & pat them dry.
2. using a knife – or just your hands – peel off the outer layer of skin on the squid (it comes off pretty easy once you get the first piece off
3. cut off the squiggly head part right between the tube & the head (if you dare – keep the squiggly head part & grill that up too!)
now that you have good clean tubes of squid – on their way to calamari – the rest is a piece of cake.
next up season the tubes – i kept it simple & sprinkled them with lemon juice & TJs african smoke spice. – then just placed them on the grill and let them grill up about 2-3 minutes then flip and grill the other side the same.
once they’re done take them off the grill & slice into calamari rings!
i swear to you – they were fantastic. – afterwards i was having dreams of cooking them in homemade tomato sauce
along with the calamari we tackled fish tacos
flounder tacos if you will.
i made up a recipe on a whim and just let the following ingredients marinade in a ziploc bag
- 1.5-2lbs of fresh flounder fillets
- 3 green bell peppers (sliced)
- 1T sesame oil
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup braggs liquid aminos
- juice from 2 limes (and then the lime rinds thrown in the bag as well)
- a squirt of sriracha
- chili powder, salt & pepper sprinkling
i let everything marinade in the bag for about 1 hour. then i put the flounder fillets on the grill (on tin foil) and grilled them until they flaked (about 7-8 minutes) and grilled the peppers in a separate tin foil sheet for about 10-15 minutes
we also grilled up some brussel sprouts for the side
i had mine as lettuce wraps & topped with avocado, sesame oil & salsa
these will both definitely be made again and again and again and again.
OH and here’s a plug – if anyone listen’s to WFAN sports talk radio – deej & i will be at the studios tomorrow (tuesday) for an in-studio tour! listen up – maybe we’ll get a shout-out around 9:30-10AM!
love to love you <3
cawfee tawk! when’s the last time you made a dish you thought would be too difficult and it ended up being fab?