I was in San Diego two weeks ago and all I could think about was seafood. You see, the climate reminded me of northern Florida a lot, which made me start craving Floribbean food. For those of you not familiar with that, it’s a style of cooking which is basically a fusion of Floridian and Caribbean cuisine. It has a heavy focus on cooking poultry and/or seafood with fresh citrus fruit, and loads of spices. Luckily, my friend Emi bestowed some canned squid and octopus upon me. In the interest of trying things I haven’t before, I’ve decided to make fried rice with it. BTW, the thing I haven’t tried before is making fried rice. I’ve had squid and octopus many times. I don’t really have loads of spices, but I do have a fresh pineapple and several kinds of canned seafood. This should offset my cravings ever so slightly. NOTE: Floribbean cuisine relies very heavily on fresh ingredients, so this is about as close to real Floribbean as canned spaghetti is to authentic Italian. Not nearly as good, but it’ll do if you’re really jonesing and can’t do better at the moment.
Squid canned in its own ink
Octopus canned in hot sauce
Oysters canned in oil
A pineapple or can of pineapple chunks
Rice (I used a basmati rice medley)
Any spices that you think will taste good.
Cost: $1 0- $20
Steam about 3 cups of rice and set it aside.
Hull, skin, and dice up about half of a pineapple or more depending on your taste.
Heat about 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan over medium heat, and add the rice, stirring frequently to keep it from sticking. After about two minutes, add the pineapple and continue to stir for about another two minutes.
Add the oysters. If you have large oysters then cut them up a bit with the spatula.
Now add the squid…
and the octopus.
Add about 2 table spoons of soy sauce and continue to stir fry it until the pineapple is hot throughout.
The rice itself is good. It’s a tad softer than I wanted it, but I like the texture. The soy sauce combined well with the squid ink. The pineapple adds a nice bit of texture to the dish and keeps the flavor dynamic. The octopus tastes good but it’s a bit chewy. That is normal for canned octopus though, so it’s not really unexpected. The squid is tender, flavorful, and blends nicely with the other flavors, as does the oyster. Adding a little hot sauce makes it even better. That oughta hold me over for a little bit. Stay queer!