Ika Teriyaki

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Author Notes: One of the first dishes I ever tried at a Japanese restaurant was this simple appetizer. To this day it never fails to please. It is simple and quick to the table. All I need is a nice bowl of fried rice to go along with it and I am as content as Confucius. - thirschfeldthirschfeld

Food52 Review: One of the things I love about the Spouse is that he is always agreeable to the goings-on in the kitchen, which this past week included having calamari for dinner five nights in a row. But what's not to like when the culiminating event is thirschfeld's simple yet sublime Ika Teriyaki? Each and every ingredient in the teriyaki sauce comes together in a sensational syrup that is the perfect complement to the seared calamari. To add to perfection, the green onions aren't just for show: they offer a wonderful contrast in texture and flavor. - wssmomwssmom

Serves 2

  • 2 squid steaks, really fresh because squid looses flavor easily and quickly
  • grape seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons dry sake
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon green onion
  1. Season the squid steaks with salt. Set them aside
  2. In a small sauce pan add the sake, mirin, zest and sugar and place it over medium heat. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Add the orange juice and soy sauce. Bring it back to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  4. Place a large cast iron skillet over hight heat. Turn on your exhaust fan. When the pan is super duper hot add a splash of oil and then place a squid steak into the pan. Sear it till it browns. Flip it and sear the other side.
  5. Unless you could fit both steaks into the pan comfortably, repeat step 4 with the second steak and at the end of the cooking add the teriyaki sauce to deglaze the pan.
  6. Put the other steak back into the pan and warm it. Remove the squid to a cutting board and slice it then plate it. Let the sauce continue to reduce till it just becomes syrupy.
  7. Sauce the squid, top with green onions and serve.
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over 2 years ago Lilismom

I've never seen squid steaks where I live. Could you substitute it for the squid for calamari but just slit it open to make it flat?


almost 4 years ago cheese1227

How do I tell if it's really fresh squid so I can make this perfectly?


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

cheese1227 I am glad you brought that up. I thought about this after the editing deadline and realized a few things. When I say fresh I mean thawed because the reality is squid steaks are frozen. Squid however is one of those things that freezes great but once thawed starts to loose its flavor. So if you can buy them frozen you will be fine but if they are thawed in the seafood case ask how long they have been there or ask if they have any frozen in the freezer in back. I always ask for frozen shrimp from the guy at the seafood counter and not the freezer section where they are usually freezer burned.


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Another amazing squid steak recipe! Thanks for posting this; it sounds divine and I must find some squid steaks soon!


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks wssmom


almost 4 years ago Burnt Offerings

This is an exquisite recipe - well done.


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks so much Burnt Offerings


almost 4 years ago Bevi

Wow - beautiful. The sauce sounds wonderful.


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thank you Bevi


almost 4 years ago Panfusine

gosh... the photograph is amazing, as is your description of how to make this dish... I'm enjoying savoring this dish synesthetically!


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks Panfusine


almost 4 years ago monkeymom

calamari steak is my fav...I'm gonna make this next time I see those steaks!


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks monkeymom and it was great to see you in the spotlight


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Years and years ago I tried grilling squid steaks, but my lack of skill and fear of undercooked seafood turned them rubbery. I will definitely try this the next time I spot squid steaks!


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

oh I hope you will try again


almost 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Wish I could get squid steaks. This sounds delicious! I also love them smothered in garlic like at Tadich Grill in S.F.


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

Thanks, I find them sometimes at Asian Groceries and surprisingly the ones in the picture showed up at Whole Foods


almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Orange, green onion, sweet calamari steaks . . . doesn't get much better than that.


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks boulangere


almost 4 years ago FrancesRenHuang

beautiful recipe. I can already taste the flavors.


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks so much FrancesRenHuang


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

I love squid steaks and your interpretation...I'm doing them with a different twist tomorrow.


almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

thank you