Chargrilled squid with rustic guacamole

squid salad

Serves 2

  • 2 x 150 g squid, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, tubes cleaned and kept whole, and tentacles

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • juice of ½ lime

  • For the guacamole

  • 2 avocados, very ripe

  • 1-2 fresh red chillies, finely chopped

  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander, finely sliced

  • ½ red onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • juice of 2 limes

Start by making your guacamole. Squeeze the avocados out of their skins into a bowl, removing the stones. Add most of the chilli and coriander, the onion, tomato and lime juice. Mix everything up with a spoon, hacking up any bigger bits of avocado as you go. Have a taste to check the balance, and season with salt and pepper, if needed.



Put a griddle pan on a high heat to get nice and hot. There are two ways to prepare squid – choose whichever you prefer, or do both to get a feel for it. For both methods put the legs aside. The first way is to place a knife inside the tube and lay it on your chopping board, then score across the squid at ½cm intervals with a small sharp knife. The knife inside will prevent you from cutting all the way through so you'll be left with 'concertina' squid. This method lets heat and flavours in and looks good. The second way is to put the knife in the tube and cut through the side, open it out then lightly score every ½cm in a criss-cross fashion with a blunt knife. This means the squid will curl up and absorb extra flavour.



Season the squid with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil, then toss to coat. Add it to the screaming hot griddle, scored-side down, for 1 to 2 minutes (you may need to do this in batches). Use tongs to turn the squid over once it has nice char marks. Give it a minute on the other side until it curls up, then immediately transfer to a bowl and hit it with a lug of extra virgin olive oil, the lime juice and another small pinch of salt and pepper. The legs can stay on the griddle for a bit longer to get crispy.



Spoon the guacamole onto a platter. Cut the legs up a bit and add to the bowl of dressed squid. Cut the concertina and scored squid into bite-sized chunks. Pile the squid over the guacamole and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Scatter over the reserved coriander and chilli then tuck in.

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Chargrilled squid with rustic guacamole

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Start by making your guacamole. Squeeze the avocados out of their skins into a bowl, removing the stones. Add most of the chilli and coriander, the onion, tomato and lime juice. Mix everything up with a spoon, hacking up any bigger bits of avocado as you go. Have a taste to check the balance, and season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Put a griddle pan on a high heat to get nice and hot. There are two ways to prepare squid – choose whichever you prefer, or do both to get a feel for it. For both methods put the legs aside. The first way is to place a knife inside the tube and lay it on your chopping board, then score across the squid at ½cm intervals with a small sharp knife. The knife inside will prevent you from cutting all the way through so you'll be left with 'concertina' squid. This method lets heat and flavours in and looks good. The second way is to put the knife in the tube and cut through the side, open it out then lightly score every ½cm in a criss-cross fashion with a blunt knife. This means the squid will curl up and absorb extra flavour.

Season the squid with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil, then toss to coat. Add it to the screaming hot griddle, scored-side down, for 1 to 2 minutes (you may need to do this in batches). Use tongs to turn the squid over once it has nice char marks. Give it a minute on the other side until it curls up, then immediately transfer to a bowl and hit it with a lug of extra virgin olive oil, the lime juice and another small pinch of salt and pepper. The legs can stay on the griddle for a bit longer to get crispy.

Spoon the guacamole onto a platter. Cut the legs up a bit and add to the bowl of dressed squid. Cut the concertina and scored squid into bite-sized chunks. Pile the squid over the guacamole and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Scatter over the reserved coriander and chilli then tuck in.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 598
    30%
  • Carbs 7.9g
    3%
  • Sugar 3.6g 4%
  • Fat 52.2g 75%
  • Saturates 9.7g 49%
  • Protein 19.3g 43%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 x 150 g squid, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, tubes cleaned and kept whole, and tentacles

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • juice of ½ lime

  • For the guacamole

  • 2 avocados, very ripe

  • 1-2 fresh red chillies, finely chopped

  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander, finely sliced

  • ½ red onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • juice of 2 limes