I am looking for a good recipe for calamari steaks to serve as an appetizer. Any ideas?
The steaks will be pretty tough (and the stakes will be high) they're taken from larger squid, so use the grid side of a meat mallet---the side with the points---to tenderize them well. Set up a basic fry station; Wondra flour, egg wash, bread crumbs which you can season with salt and pepper, dredge each steak through each stage beginning with the Wondra. Meanwhile heat up a pan with butter or oil or a mixture of both. Get it hot enough to sizzle and brown the breaded steaks. I can't give you a precise cooking time because it depends on the thickness of the squid. When they are cooked and still hot, deglaze your pan with a bit of white wine and spoon that over. Add perhaps some dry oregano or other herb. The axiom about cooking squid, cuttlefish or octopus is that you give it a really short cooking time or a really long one, because in between it will do the tighten up.