Garlicky squid with coriander


Today we bring you a tasty recipe from Portuguese Chef Nuno Mendes.

This is very easy to make. I’d recommend doing extra, as it’s so addictive that you’ll eat more than expected, especially if you have lots of crusty, toasted bread to soak up the juices.

So here it is – Garlicky squid with coriander

(Serves 4)
4 large fresh squid, gutted, with backbones and ink sacs removed
2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 cloves of garlic, germ removed, finely chopped
2 fresh bay leaves
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
Sea salt and ground white pepper
Bunch of coriander, washed, dried and finely chopped
6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of one large lemon
Grilled country bread, to serve

With a sharp knife, open the squid into fillets, score the inside flesh lengthwise in a criss-cross pattern, then cut it into even triangular pieces of about 3cm. Set aside.

In a heavy-bottomed pan, gently heat the butter until it melts completely. Add the garlic, bay leaves and chilli, and gently fry until fragrant.

Season the squid with salt and pepper and sear it with the rest of the ingredients, being careful not to burn the garlic.

Once the pan starts to get very hot, add the coriander and oil and drop the heat to low – this will be sufficient to finish cooking and bring the flavours out of the fresh herbs. Add the lemon juice to taste, and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately with grilled country bread.

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