Mrs. Adachi's teriyaki sauce (easy to make amount)
1 cup (200 ml)
2 cups (400 ml)
First, how to make Mrs. Adachi's teriyaki sauce. Combine the soy sauce and mirin in a pan over high heat. When it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low, and simmer until the liquid has reduced to half its original volume. That's it.
Stick a disposable chopstick in vertically to measure the liquid level. It's easier to gauge when it's reduced to half this way. Skim off any scum too.
Now, to make the stuffed squid, first use a piece of ginger that's about this size. Use the teaspoon next to it for scale.
Peel the ginger. If you scrape it with a spoon, it should come off cleanly.
Slice half of the ginger thinly, and julienne the rest to make 'ginger needles.' Soak the julienned ginger in water, then drain.
We'll use the body of the squid only. I used a 24 cm long Surume squid (remove the tentacles) this time. See below for instructions on how to prep the squid.
Optional: If you have a sweet tooth, prefer the rice to be sweet, or if serving this to children, mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons of the teriyaki sauce (not listed).
Wash the squid body well, pat the outside and the inside dry, and stuff with rice. Stuff it completely, including the pointed tip. Secure the opening with toothpicks.
Put the ☆ flavoring ingredients in a pan over high heat. We'll cook everything over high heat.
When the sauce is boiling properly, put in the stuffed squid. Roll it around the pot.
After a minute or so, add the thinly sliced ginger. Keep rolling the squid around the pot.
In a few minutes, the sauce will start to thicken. It should bubble up with big bubbles as shown in this photo. Add the mirin.
Shake and swirl the pan to coat the squid with the sauce very well. When the sauce looks thick and sticky, it's done! Turn the heat off and leave the squid to cool in the sauce.
When it has cooled down a bit, slice into any thickness you like. If you rinse the knife blade after every cut, each slice will be neat and clean. Serve with the julienned ginger!
To see how to prepare a squid, please take a look at my method, described in Recipe ID: 2427585.
Please also take a look at Recipe ID: 2427567, "For Squid Liver Lovers! Squid Legs and Liver Cooked in Foil."
Story Behind this Recipe
Usually, the squid used for stuffed squid is tough. I thought it would be so much better if the meat was tender, so I challenged myself to achieve this. I cooked it simply using Mrs. Adachi's (a recipe blogger and writer) teriyaki sauce, which was shown on TV the other day. It's a bit sweet, so if you don't like sweet sauces, you can omit the sugar for a savory sauce.
Usually, rice stuffed squid is made with a small portion of mochi rice... but in this recipe, I just used already cooked rice to keep things simple. The squid is not simmered, but is finished quickly over high heat, which means the squid remains tender. If you simmer squid for a long time, it'll turn tough. If you mix the sauce into the rice that's stuffed in the squid, it'll become pretty sweet. If you prefer it less sweet, use plain rice for the stuffing instead.