On a recent weekend morning, my husband announced he wanted to grill some squid for dinner. We had not had squid at home for quite some time, and it struck me as an unusual and interesting choice. So a little later that afternoon he headed off to the local fish market to see if he could find the requisite ingredients. An hour or so later he returned with 1 1/2 lbs of freshly cleaned squid, ready for the grill, and looking good.
I rinsed it well, marinated it in a little olive oil and lemon, some salt and pepper for seasoning, and in under 10 minutes it was ready for the grill. After about 10 minutes on the grill, and with a side of whole wheat couscous, some fresh steamed asparagus and a small side salad, we were set for a lovely dinner on the patio.
Over dinner we pondered the nutritional content of squid — after all, it’s not a food we eat on a regular basis.
I looked it up on the USDA National Nutrient database and here’s what I found: 3 oz of raw squid has 78 calories, 13.2 g protein, 1.2 g fat, 2.6 g carbohydrate and 198 mg of cholesterol. If we had fried the squid, the nutrition profile for 3 oz would have been: 149 calories, 15.3 g protein, 6.4 g fat, 6.6 g carbohydrate and 221 mg of cholesterol.
Clearly, from a nutritional perspective grilled was the better choice. The cholesterol content in 3 oz of raw squid is about the same as that found in a large egg, so if you are watching your cholesterol, squid is not a food you want to eat too often.
Regardless, for a quick and unusual “once in a while” dinner, try it out sometime…and, if you do, let me know what you think…