Seafood Treat: Gluten Free Calamari with Snow Peas
Posted by ivylau on June 19, 2014 - Leave a comment
Calamari is one of my favorite dishes, and has been for years. We used to order it as an appetizer or over a salad. Of course most restaurants serving Calamari are deep frying it with flour, which doesn’t do much good for someone on a gluten free diet. So you can imagine my delight when we recently visited one of our favorite seafood restaurants in Monterrey, Calif. (“Fish Hopper”) and got a nice surprise-a gluten-free menu featuring GF calamari! I was so excited, and of course, I ordered it…assuming that they would use a gluten-free flour mix and deep-fry the calamari.
Wow, was I disappointed. Turns out the calamari was not even deep-fried; it was stir fried in a little sauce, and the calamari was over cooked. Way overcooked to the point of being overly-chewy; not very tasty.
That inspired me to head back to the kitchen the next day, where I cooked up my own version of a stir fried calamari dish; this is a dish I’ve been preparing for many years, so it was pretty easy. And I must say it’s a lot tastier than what I paid good money for on the coast.
Here’s my calamari stir-fried with snow peas. Hope you will like it.
1/2 lb. squid (with or without tentacles)
6 oz. snow pea, peal off the ends
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
5 slides of ginger
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. tamari soy sauce (gluten-free)
1/2 tsp. sweet chili sauce (optional)
1 tsp. oyster sauce (gluten-free) or fish sauce
2.5 tablespoons canola oil
1. Remove the squid’s intestines. Wash and drain the squid. Cut it into strips and place them in a bowl. Or you can buy the calamari has already cut.
2. Place the sugar, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce and oyster sauce in a bowl. Mix well and put aside.
3. Heat a large wok or large frying pan over high heat, add 1.5 tablespoon of oil and heat until just smoking. Add 3 pieces of ginger, garlic and calamari and stir-fry, for 1-2 minutes or until the calamari just turns white. Put them on a plate and set aside.
4. Add the remaining oil to the wok and heat over high heat. Add 2 pieces of ginger, then the snow pea and cook for 2 minutes. Return the calamari to the wok, add sauce and toss to combine. Serve with steamed brown or white rice.
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