Is squid a tasty fish


Table of Contents

  1. What you should know about squid
    1. origin
    2. season
    3. taste
    4. sorts
  2. Our favorite squid recipes
  3. How healthy is squid anyway?
  4. Shopping and cooking tips for squid
    1. Purchasing
    2. storage
    3. preparation
  5. Cooking tips for squid
  6. FAQs - the most common questions
    1. Squid Rings - How Long Do They Fry?
    2. Squid Tubes - Where To Buy?

What you should know about squid

By fish we normally understand an animal with bones - it falls Octopus out of the ordinary, because it belongs to the boneless and spineless molluscs. Not least because of this, it is particularly popular with children.

By the way: not every squid has fins either. Nevertheless, they can all swim, and they can swim very quickly: they simply press water out of the mantle cavity through a tube-like funnel and thus achieve a remarkable speed.

The long tentacles or tentacles that sit around the mouth region and each have 8-10 suction cups are typical of squid. The head of the squid is seamlessly connected to the body - also called the coat - in which the intestines and the so-called ink are located.

Although squids, at least the small squids and cuttlefish, look rather cozy, they are among the most ruthless predators of the seas. Seemingly harmless, they lurk in sea caves or on the sea floor and grab their tentacles at lightning speed when crabs, mussels, snails and small fish come near them. You can camouflage yourself perfectly against enemies: squids immediately change color in case of danger in order to adapt to their surroundings and to become invisible.

The almost black ink also helps octopuses survive: if an enemy gets too close, they expel the ink and hide in the dark cloud until they are safe. The ink is at least as popular in Mediterranean countries and gourmets as the octopus itself: the dark liquid, which tastes like the sea, is used to color pasta and rice dishes.


Squid is at home in almost all seas. Most cuttlefish are caught in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. However, WWF advises Germany against octopus from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean because its population is endangered (1).


The main time squid is fished is in the winter months. Since squid is mostly offered frozen, it can be bought all year round.


Squid hardly tastes like fish, but rather very mild. The black ink has a strong taste of the sea.


One distinguishes three types of squid:

  • Squid: It measures 20-40 centimeters, has a long and very slender coat with a triangular fin on each side. He can retract or “extend” two of his ten tentacles as required.
  • Sepia have an oval and wide body, which is covered with fins all around. They grow up to 50 centimeters long and, like the squid, can vary the length of their tentacles.
  • Octopuses are the giants of the squid - they can weigh up to 25 kilograms. They have no fins; their tentacles are particularly thick and appear to have grown together.

Our favorite squid recipes

Here you can find all the squid recipes.

How healthy is squid anyway?

With its low fat and calorie content and high protein content, squid is rightly considered a good catch. Of course, whoever prepares it with low calories, i.e. grilling or steaming it and not breading it, benefits in particular.

In addition, squid contains plenty of biotin - up to 11 micrograms biotin per 100 grams. This vitamin is essential for various enzymes, it contributes to the metabolism and is relevant as well as for the activation of energy reserves (2).

Squid also provides the body with vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the fatty acids in the body from damage by aggressive molecules. It relieves inflammatory processes and strengthens the immune system (3).

Here is an overview of the nutritional values ​​of 100 grams of squid (4):

Nutritional values ​​of squid per 100 grams
protein16 g
fat0.9 g
carbohydrates2 g
Fiber0 g

Shopping and cooking tips for squid


You can get fresh squid in good specialty shops; You can also get it frozen in the supermarket. If the squid is fresh, look for a white color without spots or yellowish spots and a pleasant, neutral smell.


You should prepare fresh squid on the day of shopping.


Fresh squid is not very easy to care for. But don't worry - in our cooking school videos, star chef Cornelia Poletto shows you exactly how to prepare squid and octopus perfectly.

It is very important that you do not damage the bag with the ink when cleaning the squid. But our videos also explain that.

Cooking tips for squid

Countless delicacies can be prepared from squid, and all parts are edible except for the intestines. The “coats” of cuttlefish and squid can be grilled, roasted or boiled whole or cut into rings; they are often filled and placed on the grill or gratinated. The tentacles are cut into small pieces and used, for example, in risotto, pasta sauces, fish pans, soups or (cooked) in salads.

FAQs - the most common questions

Squid Rings - How Long Do They Fry?

Frying squid rings doesn't take much time. All you have to do is cook the squid rings in the pan over medium heat for a minute or two.

Squid Tubes - Where To Buy?

You can get squid tubes from a well-stocked fishmonger, possibly also from an Asian shop, or you can order them online.