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How To Score Squids To Make Restaurant-Style Calamari

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You have seen those beautiful criss-cross patterns on squids when dining in restaurants, but do you know that it is actually not such a difficult task?

Scoring your Squids or Sotong ( 乌贼 ) not only helps to tenderize the seafood, but also makes the calamari curl up nicely when cooked. This post will teach you how to turn home cooked food into restaurant-style dishes with few recipes for you to try!

how to prepare squids
First and foremost, separate head from body of squids. Dispose innards and clean the squids thoroughly. Remove skin and cut it open.

how to score squids to make patterns
Use a sharp knife to make criss-cross patterns on the underside of the squid by scoring the surface diagonally. After that, cut into squares of equal length and the squids will curl up beautifully when cooked. How tight the criss-cross patterns turn out depends on the way you score ( see images below ).

It's not that difficult after all, is it? You can get fresh Sotong/Squids ( 乌贼 ) online from PurelyFresh Grocery Store, and below are couple of Calamari Recipes for you to experiment with:

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Well, you can even score Cuttlefish for a pretty presentation! Have fun!

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51 comments:

  1. I looooove squid and shrimps!!!! :9
    Great dishes, look so yummy!
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  2. Gosh, you're so adventurous when it comes to culinary explorations! I wouldn't know where to start with this, though I'd happily taste it! haha :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

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  3. I never try this as U dont cook squid at home. Usually order when dining out.

    And gosh! All your dishes make me drool! So delicious-looking.

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  4. I've done the scoring though squids are seldom fared at home. After seeing this post, I wanna make another dish.

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  5. I've tried doing the same like you but somehow or the other, my squid never turn out beautiful like yours.

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    1. Mmm....... did you score from the underside? Practice makes perfect. Hope it'll turn out better the next round :D

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  6. I always left your blog hungry, Shirley, another one of your mouthwatering post. Happy Monday, girl.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  7. I don't eat squids but it looks yummy.

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  8. Mmm..que maravilla de plato..me encanta el marisco,me entraron ganas de probarlo,jajajjaj..
    Besos guapa!!

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  9. great recipe...thank you for sharing with us the tricks to make a restaurant style calamari. Your dish looks fantastic.... visually very beautiful..I'm sure it is yummy.

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  10. So so yummy!!!!!
    Have a nice week, kisses

    www.angelswearheels.com

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  11. I've never paid attention to the scoring of squid. Next time I have calamari, I'll have to look for that.

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  12. yummy!! I wanna try this food right now ahah :D xoxo

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  13. I've never tried squid before but I do love shrimp. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Florals&Smiles

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  14. Looks so delicious and professional!!! xoxo

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  15. ohhhhhh yummy this sounds too delicious <3 and looks amazing!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  16. "Score" can also mean "get" so at first I was thinking you had some excellent squid supplier... hee hee.. then I read on.. I remember learning this technique when I was at university and thinking that I had such culinary skill for using it. ;-)

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  17. This looks amazing & you make it look super easy!
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

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  18. Yum Yum!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  19. Omg I love earring Calamari myself but too bad my husband doesn't eat seafood at all! This menu is looks delicious! Thank you for the tips sweety.

    Xxxoo. Happy into week:).

    Tanya
    http://attraction2fashion.com

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  20. Thanks for sharing this recipe. At home we love squids and prawns, but my dishes weren't very tasty.

    Jasmine xx

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  21. Looks good. I must try someday. At the moment I never really try to cook squid yet. And that green thins (I think pea)...I have no idea how to cook them...

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  22. Looking so delicious!
    Have a nice week!
    Natallia Jolliet
    http://www.alexphotographygeneva.blogspot.com/

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  23. I always wondered how they could have that decoration!
    Thanks for sharing!

    La Flò ♥ blog

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  24. woah these are really detailed and helpful tips!

    xoxo,
    Winn | ♥
    winscribbles.blogspot.com | Instagram

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  25. I've never tasted squid! I love shrimp.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  26. this sounds amazing

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  27. This is a neat tip, Shirley! My aunt first taught me how to do this a long time ago. I remember being awed by the presentation. That said, I'm drooling over all your squid dishes! ^.^

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  28. What a great tip! Scoring the squid makes such a beautiful presentation!!!

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  29. yup i did this too at home but not as neat

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  30. Shirley, I'm not good at cooking fish, I have to learn everything from you :)))
    But I LOVE eating fish...

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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  31. I think I have tried something like this with the XO sauce <3

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  32. Great recipe as usual!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  33. Shirley my mum is crazy for squid. I have to pass this neat little trick onto her!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  34. So much delicious food in this post! Seafood is the best!

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  35. Awesome picks and delicious food, I could almost smell it from here. Have a good week! xoxo

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  36. I notice your chopping board is hello kitty ? ☺

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    1. Oops! Hahaha! Have a great week ahead, Pepper! xoxo

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  37. ohhh..now I got it. this is the term 'score your squid' which is 'criss-crossing' your squid. I thought you were talking about how to score free squids hahaha

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    1. Yap, that's the culinary term! You've just missed scoring a worldwide giveaway. Just closed couple of days ago. Hahaha!

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  38. haha now i got it. criss crossing the squid means score the squids. I thought this post was about how to score free squids hahaha

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