Many fish markets sell small squid already cleaned. To do it yourself, grasp tentacles and gently pull them away from the hood. Pull and discard long, clear quill from the hood. Squeeze out and discard contents of the hood, then pull off thin speckled membrane from hood to expose the white meat. Rinse well inside and out. With a sharp knife, cut between the eyes and tentacles; discard eyes and the material attached. Pop out and discard hard beak in center of tentacles.
Recipe from Everybody’s Wokking, Publisher: Harlow & Ratner. Photograph by Geoffrey Nilsen.