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Squid vs Octopus - I on --tentacles-- tenterhooks...

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onebatmotherofNormanBates Wed 22-Oct-08 14:00:41

Does anyone understand the difference, culinarily-speaking, between the two?

Octopus is dramatically cheaper..

onebatmotherofNormanBates Wed 22-Oct-08 14:01:30

blimey I cannot do a post without italics, can I?

onebatmotherofNormanBates Wed 22-Oct-08 14:02:27

or start a thread that makes sense. sorry.

cmotdibbler Wed 22-Oct-08 14:03:45

With squid, you eat the body - with octopus you eat the tentacles. I think thats it anyway... Personally I don't eat either, but DH and DS are very fond of calamari, and DS eats the tiny octopi in my paella with relish

ggglimpopo Wed 22-Oct-08 14:04:52

yum to both.

Octopus gen needs tenderising.

kiltycoldbum Wed 22-Oct-08 14:12:05

paprika sprinkled on octopus yum, squid fried in chilli and garlic even yummier

witchandchips Wed 22-Oct-08 14:23:04

Think you can either cook squid for a long time in things like wine + olive oil or flash fry it quickly. Octopus has to be cooked slowly.

onebatmotherofNormanBates Wed 22-Oct-08 15:58:16

Ah ha! thanks my dears - it seems that it is a lenght of cooking-time thing. Squid - very quickly or very slowly. Octopus - only very slowly, sometimes cooked twice to tenderise..

Tonight I am doing both in greek red wine stew.
I will update...

bundle Wed 22-Oct-08 16:00:09

don't like texture of octopus, but like squid smile

BroccoliSpearedThroughTheHead Wed 22-Oct-08 16:00:40


Why did I even open this thread?

onebatmotherofNormanBates Thu 23-Oct-08 22:39:06

It was delicious and nutricious - but I think the octopus could have been cooked for longer. I only did 2 hours and the tentacles were still a little ... chewy.

Recipe here

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