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How to cut and prepare fresh squid

Scoring squid allows it to pick up more flavour. And it looks great. Our Test Kitchen experts show you how.
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If you’re planning to whip up some salt and pepper squid or a light summer salad, it’s worth following these easy (but important) tips when handing this type of seafood.

  • If it still remains, remove the quill by pulling it out (the hard, transparent piece of cartilage inside your squid).

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the squid hood in half lengthways down the seam.

  • Open the squid out, so that the inside of the tubes faces up.

  • Score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern, just marking the flesh and not cutting through it.

  • Thread squid onto soaked skewers, ready for barbecuing.

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