The weather is getting cooler and the season for hot pot has arrived. Sitting next to a hot pot on a cold day with family or friends, enjoying a variety of ingredients and a steaming hot meal is undoubtedly a pleasurable treat. Every time we are sitting around the table as a family. We will add various ingredients to the hot pot according to your personal preference, such as different kinds of meat, seafood, vegetables, and so on, and there are rich and varied combinations that will make people keep coming back for more. The soup in the hot pot on the table was boiling and steaming, and I watched the various foods dancing wildly in the pot, my mouth watering with desire. And my chopsticks always land on squid meatballs with precision on the first hit. Because among all these side dishes of hot pot, squid balls are one of the must-have ingredients for me! They’re all so round and cute, it makes me drool just looking at it. Pinch a naughty squid ball into a bowl. Blow on it first, then take a bite. It’s fragrant, crunchy, and delicious!
So what’s the special charm of squid balls? Whether as a hot pot side dish or the main character in a sauteed dish, squid balls add a unique flavor to the dish. I love the fresh flavor and toothsome texture of squid balls, and every time I eat them, I feel satisfied and happy. Whether I’m eating at home or out for dinner, I always choose to order a serving of squid balls to enjoy the culinary delights.
I’ve been a fan of squid balls since I was a kid, it’s one of the few preferences I’ve had since I was a kid, and have kept it up, which is a lucky thing in my view. The delicious and unique taste of squid balls is truly irresistible for me. Whether as a snack or part of a formal meal, squid balls provide a delightful taste experience.
For most Chinese, squid balls are a common hotpot ingredient, which is a ball-shaped food made from squid meat. It is made from fresh squid and pork fat. It is white in color, full of elasticity, crisp in the mouth, and delicious. It can be served with various soup bases, such as spicy, clear soup, and pickled cabbage, which adds texture and flavor to a hot pot.
The squid ball is sort of a healthy food that is rich in protein, fat, inorganic salts, carbohydrates, and other substances, coupled with a delicious flavor, making them a healthy ingredient choice. The squid ball contains a variety of beneficial minerals, especially the mineral magnesium, which is relatively high. This mineral can protect the human cardiovascular system after entering the human body, and can effectively reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and myocardial infarction. Furthermore, it contains vitamins and a large number of high-quality proteins, the human body after absorbing these nutrients can nourish the liver, improve its efficacy of the liver, but also to improve the body’s hematopoietic ability, regular consumption can play a liver tonic, moisturizing and cosmetic important role. The trace element potassium in it can react with sodium in the body to promote the discharge of the body, which can effectively improve kidney function and also can promote excess water out of the body.
As we all know, the squid ball is a traditional dish in Hainan and Chaoshan. The people in Chaoshan are often called it as cuttlefish balls which are suitable for both banquets and home-cooked dishes. As far back as the Tang Dynasty, there are records of the consumption of squid balls, which is a very favorite delicacy.
It should be noted that good meatballs must be crunchy, with a full-bodied feeling when you bite into them, with a textural density while experiencing the looseness and subtle voids between the cells that should be present in the food ingredient itself, and with a just slight popping of the mouth. And it’s worth mentioning that squid balls also allow people to enjoy the unique flavor of cuttlefish. So, if you like the flavor of cuttlefish, try squid balls in a hot pot or make it into a home-cooked dish, which is sure to bring you delicious enjoyment.
What is the difference between squid ball and fish ball?
Squid balls and fish balls are two different foods. They are somewhat different in terms of ingredients and texture. The squid balls are made with squid as the main ingredient, and they taste fresh because of the special flavor of the squid. Fish balls, on the other hand, are made with fish meat as the main ingredient. Fish balls have a softer texture.
Is frozen squid already cleaned?
Can diabetics eat squid ball?
Can you cook frozen squid balls?
Yes, frozen squid balls can be cooked and eaten. Usually, it is sufficient to cook the frozen squid balls in boiling water. The cooking time depends on the size and thickness of the squid balls and usually takes 5-10 minutes. Make sure the cuttlefish balls are fully cooked and the surface becomes elastic with no raw parts. Once cooked, you can serve it with other ingredients or seasonings such as soup, noodles, or stir-fry according to your personal preference.
How to Make Squid Balls
Remove the head and internal organs of the squid and wash it clean with running water. Then cut it with a knife in the middle of the back, tear off the coat, and rinse it again. If we don’t remove the outer coat of the squid, the color of the squid balls will be darkened and not as pretty as the pure white color. And it would have a little bitter flavor when we eat it.
Cut the cleaned squid into small pieces. And get one egg. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. We only use egg whites here. Pour the egg whites and squid pieces into an electric food chopper and stir into the squid puree.
Then add 10 grams of starch to the squid puree, and continue to stir evenly. This way the squid puree is molded and will be more elastic! If you want the squid balls themselves to have a bit of taste, at this point you can also add a proper amount of salt, pepper, and a small amount of soy sauce in addition to the starch.
Prepare a pot of water and turn on the heat until small bubbles appear, then we can turn off the heat! The temperature at this point is between 70-80℃. I usually make the meatballs at this temperature! If you use boiling water to make the squid balls, they will easily fall apart and will not mold easily. And then we also need a spoon for the meatballs. The spoon needs to be scalded in hot water first to prevent the squid puree from sticking.
Hold the squid puree in your left hand and squeeze it out between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand. This way a meatball shape comes out. Take the spoon in the right hand, and use the spoon to scrape the meatball into the pot. The meatballs will sink to the bottom just after being put in the pot. The surface of the meatballs will slowly solidify and mold under the stimulation of the water temperature. After finishing squeezing the meatballs, turn to low heat and cook the meatballs, wait for all of them to float for 1 minute, and then turn off the heat, don’t take out the meatballs immediately after turning off the heat. Wait until the water is cool down and then fish out the squid balls so that they will be elastic.
It is recommended that you guys eat 2-3 of them per day. You can freeze it if you make more at one time! I used a fresh-keeping box to freeze the cooked meatballs, and I added some cold boiling water inside so that they were not easily dehydrated. The taste will not change much from what is currently done. You can also put it in a fresh-keeping bag and freeze it. The squid balls can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. For longer storage, you can keep the squid balls frozen, and they can be kept for 1-2 months in the frozen state. Look at the pure white color, how pretty it is！Such delicious squid balls are done now.
1. Choose fresh squid meat, preferably freshly caught, to ensure that the meat is fresh and tender.
2. Before making the meatballs, you can leave the squid meat in the refrigerator for a while to increase the elasticity and texture of the meatballs.
3. Before cooking, you can blanch the squid meatballs in boiling water to remove the blood and fishy flavor.
4. When cooking squid meatballs, you can choose different methods such as boiling, stewing, or stir-frying and adjust them according to your personal taste and preference.