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A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!

Squid with Flat Beans

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories per serving 432 kcal

Ingredients

  • 9 oz fresh baby squid (250 g)
  • 1 lb fresh flat beans (450 g)
  • 1 450 g garlic clove
  • a pinch saffron threads or powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • olive oil
  • paprika powder
  • a handful fresh mint
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the saffron threads in a tiny bit of water. If you are using saffron powder, skip this step.
  2. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  3. Clean the squid: see here how to clean squids step by step.
  4. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  5. Once the squid is cleaned and rinsed well, cut the squid into smaller bite-size rings.
  6. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  7. Store the squid in the fridge for now. Trim the flat beans and cut them into bite-size wedges. Rinse them thoroughly.
  8. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  9. Peel and chop the garlic clove. Add it together with some olive oil and the bay leaf to a large non-stick pan.
  10. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  11. Gently fry the garlic over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Then add the chopped flat beans.
  12. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  13. Stir, put a lid on the pan and cook the beans for 6 to 7 minutes until warmed through but keep them crunchy.
  14. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  15. Then transfer the beans to a clean plate and add extra olive oil to te pan. Turn the heat high now. Add the chopped up squid.
  16. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  17. Quickly stir fry the squid for a minute. Season with some salt and a pinch of spicy paprika. Don't overcook it or the squid will become chewy and rubbery.
  18. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  19. After one minute turn off the heat. Add the flat beans back to the pan together with the soaked saffron and its soaking water (or the saffron powder).
  20. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!
  21. Stir the squid and beans well, add the fresh mint leaves and let it all sit in the hot pan for another 2 minutes. Check the seasoning and add extra salt or spicy paprika. Scoop the squid and flat beans onto deep plates, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.
  22. A fond food memory from Madrid: stir fried saffron squid with flat beans! Or in Spanish: judías con calamares... Surprising combo!