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Wild Atlantic Calamari

Wild Atlantic Calamari

12 oz packs, product of USA
Product #FCC202

Light, lean and delicious, our sustainably harvested North Atlantic calamari (squid) arrives cleaned and ready to cook. 
Enjoy it grilled, fried, sauteéd, in stir-fries or served raw as sashimi.

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Features

  • Tubes & crowns (tentacles) frozen together
  • Certified sustainable by MSC
  • Gluten-free
  • Product of USA

Our calamari (squid) comes from the Northern Shortfin (llex Illecebrosus) fishery, which ranges from Maine to Virginia.

It’s one of only two squid fisheries certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The squid are harvested using an “otter trawl”, which results in very little unintended capture of other seafood species or “by-catch”.

The mild flavor and firm texture of calamari make it a great appetizer and a tasty addition to pasta, cioppino, paella, and seafood stews or soups. Click the Recipes and Serving/Care tabs for some great ideas!

Average Ratings: 4.5

"Love these" Judith Gerharz on 08/12/2021 13:33 Review: I like to stock up because these are so good and easy to prepare. My favorite recipe is a calamari salad.
"Customer" Brandi on 03/04/2021 07:37 Review: This is so hard to find here in Utah. The quality is great along with the taste.
"Best calamari ever!" Joni on 02/25/2021 07:16 Review: I have been ordering from Vital Choice for a long time and had never tried the calamari. On my last order, I though I'd give them a go and I'm so glad I did. They are the best calamari I have ever had. So fresh and delicious. So easy to prepare. They are now a regular for me.
Ingredients:

Atlantic Calamari [Squid] (Illex Illecebrosus)


Nutrition Facts

4 servings per per container
Serving Size
3 (85g)

Amount/serving% DV

Total Fat 1g 1%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 200mg 67%

Sodium 35mg 2%

Amount/serving% DV

Carbohydrate 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber 0g 0%

Total Sugars 0g

Incl. 0g Added Sugars 0%

Protein 13g 26%

Calories per serving
70
Vitamin D 0% Calcium 4% Iron 2% Potassium 4%
 
Contains 90mg omega-3 fatty acids per 85g serving. 40mg EPA; 50mg DHA

Storage
Keep frozen at or below 0° F (-18° C). Held under these conditions, our calamari should retain its quality for at least six to 12 months, and up to two years. Seafood stored in frost-free freezers should be used within 3 months.

Cook or consume your calamari within one day of thawing. NOTE: Consumption of raw or partially cooked shellfish creates a risk of serious illness, especially to people with medical conditions that compromise immunity. Vulnerable individuals should avoid eating raw or partially cooked shellfish.

Please note: Squid are mollusks, so if you are allergic to any other mollusks — such as clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, or snails — you may be allergic to squid. A small minority of people who are allergic to crustaceans — such as shrimp, lobster, or crab — may also have an allergic reaction to mollusks.

Thawing instructions
Thaw under refrigeration at or below 38˚ F (3˚ C). Before thawing, puncture or remove packaging.

For quick-thawing, place frozen package in cool water for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, just until contents are flexible. Once thawed, immediately cook or refrigerate (if refrigerating, puncture package). Prior to cooking, do not allow calamari to reach temperatures above 38˚ F (3˚ C).

Basic calamari cooking tips
You can cook our calamari from frozen, or thaw it first.

Overcooked squid loses its flavor and texture. To keep your calamari from turning tough and rubbery, use the shortest possible cooking time and lowest temperatures, with the frying exception noted below.

Seasoning
You can marinate calamari, but do not leave it in an acidic (citrus juice or vinegar) marinade more than 30 minutes, to avoid a rubbery texture. Or, brush the squid with oil and sprinkle with desired seasonings – such as our Organic Seafood Marinade Mix or Lemon-Pepper seasoning – just before cooking it.

Grilling
Preheat grill and oil the grate. Place the un-sliced calamari pieces – plain or brushed with oil and seasonings – on the grate or on a vegetable basket to keep smaller pieces from falling into the coals. Grill for one to two minutes, until just cooked and tender.

Deep-frying
Batter the squid, and deep fry a small amount at a time in hot oil (395°F), just long enough to lightly brown the batter … one to two minutes, tops.

Sauté / Stir-fry
Add squid to a hot, oiled pan and sauté or stir-fry for 10 or 15 seconds, until just tender.

If you are sautéing or stir-frying it with vegetables or other ingredients, add the squid at the very end and limit the cooking time to one minute or less to avoid overcooking.

Boiling
Bring water to a rolling boil and drop in squid a little at a time so the water stays hot. Remove as soon as it's tender, in about 20 seconds. It will begin to turn rubbery after about 30 seconds.

Simmering in sauce
Place squid in sauce that’s barely simmering on low heat and check often for texture. Remove from heat as soon as it becomes just tender enough but still has some bite … about 45 minutes. This is the one exception to the need for rapid cooking.

World calamari cuisines

  • China and Southeast Asia – Use in stir-fries and in rice or noodle dishes, spiced to taste.
  • Philippines – Simmer in adobo sauce with fresh chilies. Serve battered/fried squid with aioli, mayonnaise, or chili vinegar.
  • Mediterranean – Coat squid rings and arms in batter and fry in oil, simmer with vegetables such as squash or tomato, or sauté quickly with oil, garlic, and herbs to serve over rice or pasta.
Frozen foods are packed with dry ice
and ship Monday through Wednesday (except holidays).

Frozen foods ship via 2nd Day Air service or 1-3 Day Express Ground service, depending on shipping date and destination.

Free shipping
on orders over $99


Standard Shipping Fees
  • Up to $49.99 = $6.95 shipping
  • $50 - $98.99 = $12.95 shipping
  • $99 and over = FREE shipping
Overnight shipping and other premium services cost extra; for more information, see our Shipping page. (Live shellfish ship overnight at no extra cost.)
  • We cannot ship perishable goods to PO boxes.
  • Free standard shipping applies to all orders of $99 or more sent to any U.S. street address.
  • Perishable shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are subject to surcharges; please see our Shipping page.
When will my frozen foods arrive?
  • Orders placed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or before 10 AM Tuesday will ship on Tuesday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
  • Orders placed between 10 AM Tuesday and 10 AM Wednesday will ship on Wednesday* to arrive 1-2 days later.
  • Orders placed after 10 AM on Wednesday through 12:00 midnight Friday will ship on Monday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
*Except when a holiday falls on the designated shipping day.

For more information, see our Shipping page.

Features

  • Tubes & crowns (tentacles) frozen together
  • Certified sustainable by MSC
  • Gluten-free
  • Product of USA

Our calamari (squid) comes from the Northern Shortfin (llex Illecebrosus) fishery, which ranges from Maine to Virginia.

It’s one of only two squid fisheries certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The squid are harvested using an “otter trawl”, which results in very little unintended capture of other seafood species or “by-catch”.

The mild flavor and firm texture of calamari make it a great appetizer and a tasty addition to pasta, cioppino, paella, and seafood stews or soups. Click the Recipes and Serving/Care tabs for some great ideas!

Average Ratings: 4.5

"Love these" Judith Gerharz on 08/12/2021 13:33 Review: I like to stock up because these are so good and easy to prepare. My favorite recipe is a calamari salad.
"Customer" Brandi on 03/04/2021 07:37 Review: This is so hard to find here in Utah. The quality is great along with the taste.
"Best calamari ever!" Joni on 02/25/2021 07:16 Review: I have been ordering from Vital Choice for a long time and had never tried the calamari. On my last order, I though I'd give them a go and I'm so glad I did. They are the best calamari I have ever had. So fresh and delicious. So easy to prepare. They are now a regular for me.
Ingredients:

Atlantic Calamari [Squid] (Illex Illecebrosus)


Nutrition Facts

4 servings per per container
Serving Size
3 (85g)

Amount/serving% DV

Total Fat 1g 1%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 200mg 67%

Sodium 35mg 2%

Amount/serving% DV

Carbohydrate 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber 0g 0%

Total Sugars 0g

Incl. 0g Added Sugars 0%

Protein 13g 26%

Calories per serving
70
Vitamin D 0% Calcium 4% Iron 2% Potassium 4%
 
Contains 90mg omega-3 fatty acids per 85g serving. 40mg EPA; 50mg DHA

Storage
Keep frozen at or below 0° F (-18° C). Held under these conditions, our calamari should retain its quality for at least six to 12 months, and up to two years. Seafood stored in frost-free freezers should be used within 3 months.

Cook or consume your calamari within one day of thawing. NOTE: Consumption of raw or partially cooked shellfish creates a risk of serious illness, especially to people with medical conditions that compromise immunity. Vulnerable individuals should avoid eating raw or partially cooked shellfish.

Please note: Squid are mollusks, so if you are allergic to any other mollusks — such as clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, or snails — you may be allergic to squid. A small minority of people who are allergic to crustaceans — such as shrimp, lobster, or crab — may also have an allergic reaction to mollusks.

Thawing instructions
Thaw under refrigeration at or below 38˚ F (3˚ C). Before thawing, puncture or remove packaging.

For quick-thawing, place frozen package in cool water for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, just until contents are flexible. Once thawed, immediately cook or refrigerate (if refrigerating, puncture package). Prior to cooking, do not allow calamari to reach temperatures above 38˚ F (3˚ C).

Basic calamari cooking tips
You can cook our calamari from frozen, or thaw it first.

Overcooked squid loses its flavor and texture. To keep your calamari from turning tough and rubbery, use the shortest possible cooking time and lowest temperatures, with the frying exception noted below.

Seasoning
You can marinate calamari, but do not leave it in an acidic (citrus juice or vinegar) marinade more than 30 minutes, to avoid a rubbery texture. Or, brush the squid with oil and sprinkle with desired seasonings – such as our Organic Seafood Marinade Mix or Lemon-Pepper seasoning – just before cooking it.

Grilling
Preheat grill and oil the grate. Place the un-sliced calamari pieces – plain or brushed with oil and seasonings – on the grate or on a vegetable basket to keep smaller pieces from falling into the coals. Grill for one to two minutes, until just cooked and tender.

Deep-frying
Batter the squid, and deep fry a small amount at a time in hot oil (395°F), just long enough to lightly brown the batter … one to two minutes, tops.

Sauté / Stir-fry
Add squid to a hot, oiled pan and sauté or stir-fry for 10 or 15 seconds, until just tender.

If you are sautéing or stir-frying it with vegetables or other ingredients, add the squid at the very end and limit the cooking time to one minute or less to avoid overcooking.

Boiling
Bring water to a rolling boil and drop in squid a little at a time so the water stays hot. Remove as soon as it's tender, in about 20 seconds. It will begin to turn rubbery after about 30 seconds.

Simmering in sauce
Place squid in sauce that’s barely simmering on low heat and check often for texture. Remove from heat as soon as it becomes just tender enough but still has some bite … about 45 minutes. This is the one exception to the need for rapid cooking.

World calamari cuisines

  • China and Southeast Asia – Use in stir-fries and in rice or noodle dishes, spiced to taste.
  • Philippines – Simmer in adobo sauce with fresh chilies. Serve battered/fried squid with aioli, mayonnaise, or chili vinegar.
  • Mediterranean – Coat squid rings and arms in batter and fry in oil, simmer with vegetables such as squash or tomato, or sauté quickly with oil, garlic, and herbs to serve over rice or pasta.
Frozen foods are packed with dry ice
and ship Monday through Wednesday (except holidays).

Frozen foods ship via 2nd Day Air service or 1-3 Day Express Ground service, depending on shipping date and destination.

Free shipping
on orders over $99


Standard Shipping Fees
  • Up to $49.99 = $6.95 shipping
  • $50 - $98.99 = $12.95 shipping
  • $99 and over = FREE shipping
Overnight shipping and other premium services cost extra; for more information, see our Shipping page. (Live shellfish ship overnight at no extra cost.)
  • We cannot ship perishable goods to PO boxes.
  • Free standard shipping applies to all orders of $99 or more sent to any U.S. street address.
  • Perishable shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are subject to surcharges; please see our Shipping page.
When will my frozen foods arrive?
  • Orders placed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or before 10 AM Tuesday will ship on Tuesday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
  • Orders placed between 10 AM Tuesday and 10 AM Wednesday will ship on Wednesday* to arrive 1-2 days later.
  • Orders placed after 10 AM on Wednesday through 12:00 midnight Friday will ship on Monday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
*Except when a holiday falls on the designated shipping day.

For more information, see our Shipping page.
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