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With the following recipe for beer-steamed squid, you'll experience a completely different taste, eliminating any fishy smell entirely.


Ingredients for Steamed Beer Squid

1kg fresh squid, cleaned

330 ml beer

2 fresh lemongrass stalks

2 pieces of ginger

Spices: 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce, 1/4 teaspoon MSG, a pinch of salt

How to Choose Fresh Squid

If you want a delicious squid dish, you need to choose the best fresh squid for your meal. When choosing squid, opt for ones with bright colors. Fresh squid has translucent and shiny flesh.

Additionally, check the squid’s elasticity. When gently pressing the squid, it should feel firm.

Moreover, assess the freshness through the squid’s eyes. Fresh squid’s eyes should be clear and not bulging.

How to Make Steamed Beer Squid

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients

First, clean the squid and remove the skin and innards. To reduce the squid’s fishy smell, rub it with some salt to remove the mucus, then rinse and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Some tips to remove the fishy smell from squid

Method 1: Instead of using salt, use a crushed ginger to rub the squid for about 3 – 5 minutes, then rinse it off.

Method 2: Another simple way to remove the fishy smell is to soak the squid in some white wine for 5 – 10 minutes before cooking.

Method 3: To prevent the squid from being fishy and releasing water during cooking, boil some tea leaves (or tea water) and blanch the fresh squid in it. See details: Easy and effective tips to remove the fishy smell from squid.

For the accompanying ingredients, clean the ginger, remove the dirty outer skin, then slice it. As for the lemongrass, peel off 1 – 2 layers, cut off the roots and the top, then wash and thinly slice it.

Step 2: Steam the squid with beer

Next, place a steamer pot on the stove, pour a can of beer into the pot, then place the squid on a plate. Steam the squid for about 10 – 15 minutes over medium heat, or until it is fully cooked.

Once cooked, you can turn off the heat and let it sit for another 1-2 minutes before removing the steamed squid from the plate.

Step 3: Finished Dish

The steamed squid will be more flavorful if you prepare a bowl of chili salt or lemon pepper salt to enjoy with it. This steamed beer squid dish is crispy and sweet when it is cooked just right. The fragrance from the ginger and lemongrass adds to its appeal.

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