Descriptions, sources, and eco-factors for the West's tastiest sustainable seafoods
How to: Clean whole squid
Recipes: 4 ways with California squid
Taste Sweet, tender, and versatile: Eat them grilled, fried, sautéed, or marinated.
Source Primarily Pacific Ocean off California (Southern California in winter, Monterey the rest of the year); sometimes into Oregon. The Monterey Bay Aquarium further recommends squid from the waters off Mexico, Chile, and Peru.
Eco factor Despite being heavily fished, squid swim in great numbers off the West Coast. Fishing with purse-seine nets has no habitat impact and little unintentional harvest of other species.
How to choose and prepare Most squid are frozen soon after they're caught, as they're very perishable. Buy squid still frozen or thawed. They may come whole, or cleaned and separated into tubes and tentacles. Cleaned squid should be firm, have a mild aroma, and be white and glistening.