Sunday, 2 March 2014

Grilled Stuffed Cuttlefish





We and our friends had been planning to go to Purple Island somewhere in Al Khor for quite some time but Quins wanted inuman. So, we changed plans and ended up having dinner at home and then the inuman (drinking session) came after.  I cooked Charlie chan chicken pasta, lechong manok (see recipe here), and my husband cooked lechong kawali and this grilled stuffed cuttlefish.  

Jay bought this cuttlefish from Corniche.  He thought he bought a large squid (chuckle :D)  They were still alive when it got to our kitchen sink.  Their tentacles had been grasping and sucking my husband's fingers as he worked on them.  You could say that they were really really fresh.

For those (like me) who doesn't know what cuttlefish fish is, here's some info.  Cuttlefish is a marine animal that has eight arms, two tentacles, and a soft body. It is a cephalopod, a fast-swimming, intelligent mollusk that can change its skin color and spew ink in the water to confuse predators. The cuttlefish swims by using its fins and by spewing water from its body (a type of jet propulsion). The cuttlefish is nocturnal; it hunts during the night, and it hides and rests during the day. It has a life span of about 18 months. (source:  www.enchantedlearning.com) 

Cuttlefish is a relative of the squid and octopus.  The squid has a more elongated and slender body as compared to a cuttlefish.  The cuttlefish is somewhat rounded or oblong or something spherical (?).  The octopus has head and arms, oh, tentacles, and that's all that I know :-).  Here's a trivia, the cuttlefish has the lowest calories among the three (158 calories per 100 g).  The octopus has 164 and the  squid has the highest at 175 calories per 100g.

We say that the grilled flavor of the cuttlefish is better as compared to that of the squid.  It's more flavorful, may be because they were fresh, though I find it a bit tougher.  May be the toughness is a matter of how long we cooked the cuttlefish?  We're not sure, but we'll cook more cuttlefish in the future.  Oh, since there were 4 large pieces of those cuttlefish, I cooked 2 of them in their own ink.  I'll be posting the recipe later on :-)






     GRILLED CUTTLEFISH

Ingredients :

Cuttlefish 
Salt and black pepper powder

Stuffing:

Soy Sauce
Knorr Seasoning
Black pepper powder
Tomatoes, diced - 2 large
Onions, diced - 2 medium

Cooking Procedure :

1.  Rub the cuttlefish with salt and black pepper powder and let it sit for at least 30 minutes
2. Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing and stuff them inside the cuttlefish.  Seal the end using a toothpick
3.  Grill for about 10 minutes on each side.  Baste with the remaining sauce.
4.  Place remaining sauce in a pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes

Slice the cuttlefish before serving.  Serve with the stuffing and the boiled sauce.






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