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Inihaw na Pusit (Grilled Squid)


Marinated in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette and stuffed with tomatoes and onions, this inihaw na squid is delicious hot off the grill. Perfect as an appetizer or main dish.


If you're looking for a delicious appetizer or a satisfying dinner meal, you need not look further than grilled jumbo squid! Marinated in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette, stuffed with onions and tomatoes, and cooked over hot coals to juicy perfection, it's sure to hit the spot!


It's a simple dish that's easy to prepare yet packs fantastic flavor. It's delicious as a main dish with steamed rice, but it's just as wonderful as an appetizer with an ice-cold beer.


If planning a boodle fight, have inihaw na pusit on your menu list. It's a great addition to any BBQ feast alongside your favorite grilled meat, fish, and sides such as pickled mangoes and eggplant salted egg salad. YUM!


Ingredients

  • 2 (about 2 pounds) jumbo squid

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • salt and pepper to taste


For The Marinade

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup vinegar

  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 thumb-size ginger, peeled and minced

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 Thai chili peppers, minced


Instructions

  1. Hold the tail tube portion of the squid and with fingers, grasp the cuttlebone (the thin, clear cartilage inside the tube) and pull from the squid's body.

  2. Remove black ink and discard. Rinse the squid and drain well.

  3. In a bowl, combine honey, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt, and chili peppers. Stir together until sugar and salt are dissolved.

  4. Gently add squid in a single layer. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Drain squid very well and thoroughly pat dry. Reserve marinade.

  5. In a saucepan, boil the reserved marinade for about 7 to 10 minutes or until reduced.

  6. In a bowl, combine tomatoes and onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Divide tomato-onion mixture and stuff each of the squid.

  8. Grill squid over hot coals for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, regularly basting with marinade.


How To Keep The Squid Tender

  • Marinate the squid in vinegar for about 30 minutes to an hour before cooking to help tenderize and remove some of the chewiness. The acids in the vinegar help break down the protein fibers of the calamari.

  • Alternatively, you can soak the cleaned squid in milk. The lactic acid in milk helps breaks the protein fibers of the calamari.

  • Drain well and thoroughly pat dry to remove surface moisture so it will sear quickly and not overcook in the steam.

  • Grill over high heat. The hotter the grill, the faster the squid will brown without losing tenderness.


Notes

  • Drain the squid well and thoroughly pat dry to remove surface moisture so it will sear quickly and not overcook in the steam.

  • Grill over high heat. The hotter the grill, the faster the squid will brown without losing tenderness.



Source: www.kawalingpinoy.com

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