This collection of squid recipes features a wonderful range of dishes for this fantastic cephalopod. Despite being a brilliant ingredient, cooks are often put off trying this at home for fear of a rubbery, overcooked disaster. Squid needs to either be cooked very quickly, or long and slow.
In British waters, the European and Atlantic squid are the most commonly caught varieties, mostly caught around Scotland. The season for squid in the UK runs from late August through to November, so enjoy fresh British squid during this time. When possible, seek out jig-caught squid, as this is the most sustainable form of fishing squid, and it is often undertaken by smaller fisheries. You can ask your fishmonger to clean the squid for you, or you can watch our video and learn how to clean a squid yourself.
Fresh squid is wonderfully versatile and easy to prepare, providing a good punch of protein while also being low in fat. Martin Wishart's oriental pork recipe marries the lovely flavours of pork and squid together, while Robert Thompson's risotto nero features a squid beautifully sautéed. Galton Blackiston's fried squid recipe has an excellent tomato and pepper compôte as a delicious partner. For something incredibly inventive, have a look at the squid and mackerel burger recipe by Simon Hulstone.
Enjoy these other fantastic squid recipes from our Great British Chefs.