Slow Cooker Sunday: Squid in Puttanesca Sauce

Now that we’re into September, I can’t believe it, it must be time to get those slow cookers out and dust them off.  Feel free to share some of your favourite recipes.

I said tentacles not….

I was a vegetarian for over 20 years but now happily eat meat in moderation.  However, there are still some things that I can’t do.  I could never select a calf for slaughter later in life, cut the head off a fish, deboning chicken makes me squeal and the mere thought of tripe makes me want to gag.

So, when I was sent squid from the lovely people at Fish is the Dish as part of their campaign to get people eating more fish, which was totally my choice as I’d never cooked it and was keen to try, I was a bit unsure of what to do with it and the thought of the tentacles made me squirm a bit.

Here is the moment, I had to touch it for the first time……yes, I squealed like school girl!

Most people would probably chop it up, bread it, deep fried it and served it with chips, but I was determined to try something in the slow cooker.  I was a bit worried, as it’s a delicate meat that it would turn rubbery in the slow cooker.  In the end, I opted for Sara Lewis’ Squid in Puttanesca Sauce served on Linguini accompanied by Caesar Salad and Garlic bread.  I would have posted the entire recipe but that would have been blatant plagiarism.


I can assure you it wasn’t rubbery, this may be due to the fact it’s cooked on low for a shorter period of time and the tentacles aren’t added till 30 minutes before the end of cooking.

Hubby loved it and had 3 helpings, I’d definitely have it again, but sadly our daughter was a bit scared of it but this may have to do with me chasing her around the kitchen with it earlier.

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Disclosure: The Squid was courtesy of Wing of St Mawes


Author: mediocremum

A slightly older mum of one, who drinks far too much red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with her slow cooker. During the day she's an ICT Trainer, Social Media/Online Marketing consultant and does a bit of public speaking. Full Profile on Google+

4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Sunday: Squid in Puttanesca Sauce”

  1. Awesome post, meal looks and sounds lovely. Will make sure the mrs checks it out too, as we love our seafood :)

  2. No Syn Turkey

    (for those not “on the plan” syn is a Slimming World reference)

    This is a recipe my wife developed as a good way to cook the large turkey legs available cheaply. Roasted normally they are difficult to carve as they are full of tendons, cooked this way they fall apart and the bones and tendons are easily removed with kitchen tongs.

    Serves 4 – 6 people

    • 2 or 3 large turkey legs (we get them from a local butcher but they also sell them in Tesco and probably other supermarkets).
    • 1/3 pt or so of chicken stock depending on the size of your slow cooker
    • 2 or 3 tblspn soy sauce
    • 2 star anise
    • 1 tsp ginger
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Skin the turkey legs, pour into the slow cooker the preheated stock and the soy sauce and stir in the ginger and cinnamon. Add the star anise (make sure you can see it as they aren’t nice if you bite into them) and stir. Add the turkey legs and baste them with the liquid.

    Cook on low for 6-8 hours
    Remove the bones and tendons with tongs then break the meat up to absorb more of the sauce. Also remove the star anise.

    We serve with noodles or rice and stir fried vegetables. Alternatively it could be served with Chinese pancakes, spring onions and cucumber sticks a lá crispy duck!

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