Calamari New Hellas

By • May 3, 2011 • 20 Comments



Author Notes: My first introduction to squid steaks was about 30 years ago at The New Hellas Cafe in Detroit's Greektown. The owner and my Dad grew up together and during our frequent trips, Gus would "surprise" us with something he was cooking in the kitchen. This particular night he came out with a breaded squid steak served with a little tomato and onion relish...it was so good that I had to make it myself. I tinkered a bit ( since I wasn't given the recipe) and came up with this. Gus closed his restaurant in 2008 after 107 years of his family's ownership...oh how I miss it!inpatskitchen

Serves 2

For the relish

  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded, cored and finely diced
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Greek)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combines all ingredients and set aside.

For the squid

  • 2 squid steaks, thawed if frozen ( I've never found fresh steaks in the Detroit area)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup flour, for dusting the squid
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • lemon wedges ( optional)
  1. Soak the squid steaks in the milk for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Set up a breading station of a bowl of flour, a bowl of beaten egg and a bowl of seasoned crumbs.
  3. Dredge each steak in the flour, then egg and then the bread crumbs.
  4. Saute the steaks in a large pan in the olive oil for no more than three minutes per side until golden.
  5. Serve immediately with the relish and lemon wedges if desired.

Tags: Easy, savory, squid

Comments (20) Questions (0)

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about 3 years ago wssmom

I have never heard of a squid steak before, but now, I have to find one! So
unds amazing!

Dscn3274

about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you wssmom! If you can't find them fresh check out Asian and Italian markets for frozen.

Lnd_jen

about 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

New Hellas! Aw, I loved that place. This looks and sounds great.

Dscn3274

about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much...it was extremely good!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

YUM! This looks really delicious. I can't wait to try it.

Dscn3274

about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks gingerroot...hope you enjoy!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Wow, this looks outstanding! Yet another reason I need to track down some squid steaks.

Dscn3274

about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! And I know...depending on where you are, they CAN be hard to track down.

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about 3 years ago healthierkitchen

I haven't seen these on the menu of Greek restaurants around here but they look so good I'll have to find some calamari steaks to try this at home!

Dscn3274

about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I've actually never seen it either... the New Hellas owner never put it on his.. please let me know how you like it if you try it. And thanks!

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about 3 years ago themissingingredient

Many years ago I had a dish like this in Monterey, CA. It was the first time that I had tasted squid and I have loved it every since!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks for your kind words themissingingredient!

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about 3 years ago GiGi26

We certainly had some great times at New Hellas!!
I can't say that I have ever eaten squid steak but it sounds delicious and your picture is beautiful!

Dscn3274

about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! We can make this the next time you're in town...maybe with some tarama and flaming cheese.

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about 3 years ago GiGi26

Oompa!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oooooh! You had me at the tomato relish. The squid steak is just the icing. Together, perfect! I can practically taste it from your photo.

Dscn3274

about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I think the tomato relish makes this dish...sort of a Greek pico de gallo. All we need are some pita chips. Thanks for your kind words!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh, thank YOU!

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

And perfect analogy - Greek pico de gallo

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I agree, even if I have to use frozen, and I will, I need to try this. Soon!