Fried squid rings are a popular dish in many countries. They are traditionally made in the United Kingdom, but one can make them anywhere. Some people soak the squid rings in milk so they will be more tender and less rubbery, but that is not necessary if you do it correctly. The only difficult part of making these fried squid rings is peeling off the ink sac inside the squid. This process takes practice and patience, but once you do it once, it will come naturally. I have been making these fried squid rings for over a year and can now do it pretty much without looking. So the process is not difficult but does require some time to master. Look for A&T Trading for squid rings.
The key to making these fried squid rings is to cut off the tentacles from the body of the squid and then slice them in half so as not to get ink on your hands. This can be tough work when dealing with a whole squid, but very easy when done with smaller pieces. Make sure you use fresh squid and not frozen. You can buy them frozen but it is not necessary because the ones in the market now are usually pretty good. You can use a knife or a pair of kitchen shears to cut off the tentacles and the head.
How to Fry squid rings
1. Make sure your oil is very hot before you start. There should be enough oil that you can submerge the squid rings in it without them touching the bottom or each other.
2. Put the squid rings in but do not stir them immediately because they will stick to the bottom if you do not give them about ten seconds to settle down into the oil.
3. When they are floating, begin to gently stir them so they cook evenly and to prevent sticking.
4. Watch closely because fried squid rings burn easily and overcook very quickly. The pieces are done when they have turned a deep golden brown and are cooked through.
5. Put the squid rings on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil and avoid grease stains.
6. Immediately remove the paper towels because fried squid rings become almost black if left to sit for too long in the pan where all the oil has been absorbed. Peeling off the ink sac
You can do this step in two ways, either by removing them with a pair of scissors or by using your fingers to gently squeeze it out from between the pieces.
Serving fried squid rings
These fried squid rings are delicious as is and can be eaten just like that or with ketchup or mayonnaise. They also go well with salad or rice.
These fried squid rings are a delicious and popular snack. Even if you are not sure you have cut the tentacles off right, do not worry because they will be safe to eat as long as they are fully cooked. Eating them is simple because they come out of the oil hot and go well with lemon juice, salt, sauce, or whatever you want. These fried squid rings are a very popular snack and I hope you enjoy them!