Grilled Squid with Ginger, Celery, and Apple Slaw
- FOR THE MARINADE
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons white or light miso paste
- 3 tablespoons sake
- 2 teaspoons mirin
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 8 calamari (bodies only), rinsed and dried
- FOR THE SLAW
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Coarse salt, to taste
- 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 5 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and sliced diagonally into 2 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 2 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise and sliced into 2 1/2-inch matchsticks
- 3/4 cup sunflower sprouts
- 1 serrano chile, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
Make the marinade: Cook garlic, miso, sake, mirin, soy sauce, and oyster sauce in a pan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Let cool slightly.
Using a kitchen mallet, pound both sides of calamari a few times to tenderize. Insert a sharp knife into calamari, cut along seams, and then open like a book. Lightly score inner sides at 1/4-inch intervals. Add calamari to marinade, and let stand for 20 minutes.
Make the slaw: Whisk together ginger, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, and salt. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified.
Preheat grill to medium-high. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 to 4 seconds.) Wrap 3 bricks or the bottom of a heavy skillet with heavy-duty foil. Remove calamari from marinade, and season scored sides with salt. Place calamari, scored sides down, on grill, and top with foil-lined weight. Grill until opaque, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cut into 3/4-inch-wide pieces.
Toss celery, apple, scallions, sprouts, and chile with 3 tablespoons dressing (reserve remaining dressing for another use). Arrange on a platter. Top with calamari, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.