Chargrilled Squid and Courgette

Now that I’m back Up the Mountain I am enjoying catching up with some of my cookery books. A favourite chef/author of mine is Rick Stein, I love the simplicity of most of his recipes and his passion for fish and the sea. In fact, he’s my imaginary chef boyfriend…a man who like to cook fish and used to have a Jack Russell. What more could a girl want?

Ok, enough of my middle aged fantasies and onto a simple recipe inspired by one from his book Fruits of the Sea.

Squid, sardines & Salad (4)

Ingredients (to serve 2 as a main course or 4 as a starter)

  • 4 small squid cleaned but left whole
  • 1 large courgette cut into thick strips
  • 1 small chili finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salad

Marinate the squid in the oil, chili and garlic for about 30 minutes and cook on the barbecue (or in a very hot griddle pan) until slightly charred. While the squid is cooking, brush the courgette with a little olive oil and barbecue alongside it.

Make up a salad with the freshest ingredients and a vinaigrette with lemon juice in place of vinegar and add some grated lemon zest to it.

Cut the squid into bite sized pieces and serve it with the courgette on top of the salad. Pour a glass of wine, put your sunglasses on and pretend that it’s sunny….because here it’s been doing a very good impression of not being summer for the last few weeks.


69 thoughts on “Chargrilled Squid and Courgette

  1. I’ve got one of those to post – fortunately it’s ever so slightly different.
    Your boyfriend has got an India Food programme on at the moment on Mondays, BBC 1 – the first episode is on You Tube – don’t tell Big Man 😉

    1. I can finally get the BBC and ITV and saw this advertised but haven’t watched it yet. Will have to wait for Big Man to go out and I can have a catch up session with my imaginary boyfriend! Looking forward to seeing yours, mine was a very simple one, I bet yours is more exciting!

  2. Methinks we have had all of the Rick Stein series here and I also make time to see them. Since I am potty about both squid and zucchini this very simple recipe will make me put cookery books aside next time around: I can actually remember this!! The dear guy has been to Oz again just recently: hmm, how can I get to sit at the same dinner table 🙂 !

    1. He loves Oz doesn’t he?! And if you get a seat at the same table, let me know and book an extra place (or I’ll just come and sit on someone’s lap 😉 ) Most of his recipes are more inspirational rather than a very specific list of ingredients and process which I like!

      1. Hmm, have just read Roger’s comment [‘course I believe it 😉 !] but if you sat on his right and I sat on his left and . . . I still think we would have a fabulous dinner . . . 😉 !

  3. Is that an eye looking out from the top of the pile, Tanya? Don’t know how well I would handle that. 🙂
    All my favourite yummy ingredients.

    1. I had to go and look at the photo! No, it’s definitely not an eye – they were cleaned first but I do agree that it does look rather like one 😦 Hope all is well with you and yours Diane as you go into Winter down in NZ. Love x

  4. Yep. Tanya’s back! Yay! This looks like a wonderful salad and you’ve photographed it quite well. I’ve never attempted to grill calamari. I’m too afraid that I’ll let them go too long and serve rubber for that night’s dinner. Still, your salad looks so fresh that Id be willing to take the chance. I’ll just buy a few more calamari than needed and hope I find a way to grill them properly before I run out. 🙂

    1. Yes, I’m here! Calamari, octopus and cuttlefish either need quick fast cooking at super high heat or long slow cooking – I was reading somewhere the other day this is because if it’s done fast the fibres don’t have enough time to toughen up and if it’s done slowly they toughen up at first then relax again. Maybe it wasn’t fibres, but you know what I mean!

  5. Right, I will have to have a double portion of this just for testing purposes, I’m sure you understand…
    Hmm, must say Rick Stein’s cooking does it for me but not him so much – see now, you don’t even have to share him. Win, win!
    Have a beautiful week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. Now that Roger has told me that he’s probably not as wonderful I am starting to go off him as imaginary boyfriend material 😉 No problem though with the double portion Mandy!

      1. It’s a dry white calld Barbadillo produced near Cadiz – they say the salt air from the sea gives it a distinctive fresh taste 🙂 Perfect with fish….

  6. Fabulous picture of a delicious recipe. I hate to tell you this, but both photographers and film crew who have worked with your “boy friend” don’t see him through the same rose coloured specs that you’re wearing 🙂

    1. Well done on the halibut – most children seem to really love deep fried squid rings (probably more to do with the fact that they’re coated in batter and deep friend than that it’s squid they’re eating)!

  7. This salad has ‘summer’ written all over it…beautiful and delicious flavors! And you know, I love that you’ve used a finely chopped chili, its exactly what I’d do:)

  8. You get to keep Rick Stein. I have always seen him as a bit of a social climber. Not my cup of tea at ALL! I guess we would never fight over men 😉 (we might fight over the Jack Russell though…). I admit he can cook though. He seems to have a “thing” for Australia and he is single now so watch out Big Man…Rick is on the Prowl! (with his comb over… 😉 )

    1. Oh no, he’s got a comb over?! Ok, that’s it, I’m officially dumping my imaginary boyfriend who is a chef. Big Man is safe in the knowledge that he has a good head of hair!

      1. Best start with a man whose hair has receded to where it is going to stay now like yotam ottolenghi. A great cook, hair that is staying put and you could be a cougar! Watch out again Big Man…this isn’t over yet! 😉

      2. I don’t think Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall could keep up with YOU! ;). All of those veggies last year might have left him weak 😉

      3. I still don’t think he could keep up with you ;). Might make a cute garden gnome if you give him a fishing line and point him in the direction of your pond 😉

      4. Cruel but true my dear…I, personally love Hugh to bits. Have you seen that image of him naked in a sea of bright red tomatoes? You don’t see much but what you do see is glaringly white and most alarming! If you do happen to hire him, make sure he keeps his clothes on 😉

      5. Go look for it…it is strangely alluring when you have NEVER thought of him as any sort of “Sex Symbol” 😉

  9. Mmmm, simple is best with squid and this looks wonderful! The only time mussels have ever upset me was in one of your fantasy boyfriend’s restaurants in Padstow….but I’ve forgiven him now!

    1. Oh dear, that’s terrible. I ate in his Seafood restaurant twice. The first time he was there and it was amazing, but the second time he wasn’t and the meal was decidedly average 😦 I may have to move onto someone else as my imaginary boyfriend!

  10. is that eha on his left leg and you on his right leg? is that what i am reading? You guys are nuts, never heard of the fella but Love the recipe.. no squid here though! just zuchinni! Morning tanya! c

    1. I think that could be it – but I’m rapidly going off him as potential imaginary boyfriend material. I think Eha and I would have much more fun without him just chatting, eating and drinking wine 🙂

  11. A pesar de la mala conexión a Internet que tengo aquí, he podido disfrutar de tu deliciosa receta. Como a me gustan, rápidas y fáciles de hacer. 😉

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