How to cook squid sous vide

How to cook squid sous vide

by Great British Chefs4 November 2015

How to cook squid sous vide

Squid is notoriously difficult to cook; most methods call for either very quick frying or low and slow braising which can still sometimes result in tough chewy meat in the wrong hands. Cooking squid sous vide keeps temperatures low and ensures a soft, melt-in-the-mouth outcome every time.

For easy-to-follow instructions for cleaning and preparing squid, look at our helpful video tutorial.

Preheat the water bath to 59°C
Clean the squid and scrape away the fine membrane on the inside and outside of the body
Wash and dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel
Season the squid with salt and place flat into a vacuum bag and cook for 1 ½ hours. You can put up to 3 squid on top of each other
Slice into desired size and shape and serve


If preferred, the squid can be sliced before cooking and marinated in the bag with olive oil, garlic and herbs. After cooking sous vide the squid is ready to eat however, if you prefer a chargrilled flavour the squid can be quickly seared in a very hot frying pan or battered and deep-fried.

Serving suggestions

Dominic Chapman serves a simple Squid salad with ‘nduja and creme fraiche. Nathan Outlaw serves squid with Red mullet, oven-dried tomatoes, wild fennel and pickled mushrooms. One of Pierre Koffman’s signature dishes is Squid bolognese.

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