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©2009 The Romantic Table, The whole uncleaned calamari. 2009-06-24 21:41:57:160
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The whole uncleaned calamari.

How to Clean Calamari


Calamari or Cuttlefish are one of the best food delicacies from the ocean. The best for most recipes are small wild caught cuttlefish. These little fellas are usually sold whole and you must do the cleaning yourself. But don't worry, it is very easy to do.

Calamari or Cuttlefish are one of the best delicacies from the ocean. Calamari Fritti - Fried Calamari with Spicy Marinara Sauce is a local California Central Coast favorite made with the small wild calamari caught off of the California Central Coast.

You can usually find imported frozen cleaned calamari tentacles and tubes, but the best are small wild caught cuttlefish caught off of Monterey Bay. They are very delicate, so you usually cannot find them fresh. Check the frozen seafood section of your food market, and look for a flash frozen wild caught product. These little fellas are usually whole and you must do the cleaning yourself. But don't worry, it is very easy to do as we show here in this article.

©2009 The Romantic Table, Start by gently pulling the head from the body tube 2009-06-24 21:44:59:161
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Start by gently pulling the head from the body tube, and the cuttlefish "bone" from the tube. The guts will come out attached to the head. You can gently squeeze out any remaining gel from the tube.
©2009 The Romantic Table, Cut the tentacles from the head, just before the eyes. 2009-06-24 21:46:16:162
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Cut the tentacles from the head, just before the eyes.


©2009 The Romantic Table, Remove the hard beak from the tentacles. 2009-06-24 22:13:11:163
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Remove the hard beak from the mouth in the center of the tentacles.
©2009 The Romantic Table, Peal off the skin, and optionally the fins if you prefer. 2009-06-24 21:57:57:164
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Peal off the skin, and optionally the fins if you prefer.






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