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Garlicky Squid Sauté

If you’re a fried calamari fan, you’ll probably love this squid sauté. The mild meaty flavor of the squid really comes through in this sauté recipe because it doesn’t include any breading.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1 1/2 pounds squid, cleaned

15 cloves garlic

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 large tomatoes

1 large bunch oregano leaves

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

  2. Cut the squid into 1/4-inch rings.

  3. Wash, pat dry, and place in a mixing bowl.

  4. Peel the garlic cloves.

  5. Puree the garlic with 1/4 cup olive oil in a blender until smooth.

  6. Pour over the squid.

  7. Add the salt and pepper, tossing well to combine.

  8. Seed and dice the tomatoes.

  9. Chop the oregano.

  10. Heat a dry medium skillet over high heat.

  11. Add a generous tablespoon of the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and heat until almost smoking.

  12. Pour in 1/3 of the squid with its marinade and sauté for about 30 seconds.

  13. Stir in 1/3 each of the tomatoes and oregano.

  14. Cook for about 2 minutes longer, just until the tomatoes dissolve and the garlic colors slightly.

  15. Transfer to a platter in oven and wipe out the skillet.

  16. Repeat Steps 11 through 15 twice, until all the squid is done.

  17. Serve hot.

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