Simple Grilled Calamari

It’s funny the difference in reactions I get between “we’re having squid tonight” and “we’re having calamari tonight” – one it utter disgust “EWWWW SQUID!???” And the other, “oh, we’re going fancy Italian tonight, aren’t we?”

Most of the calamari we order from restaurants is the traditional battered ‘n deep fried (LOVE!) but somehow I lost my deep fryer during the move. It’s a mystery — where is my electric deep fryer full of slightly used canola oil? Where could i have put it? Did the moving people lose it? Did it get accidentally mixed in with another family’s stuff? Did Swiper swipe it?

Well, whoever has it, I’m sure is making beautiful battered and deep fried calamari.

In the meantime, our calamari is grilled on a stick, which in my opinion, is just as good as fried (so THERE!)

Buying squid…errrrr…..calamari can be a little scary – what do you do with the slippery tubes and funny fingers? For this recipe, I buy already cleaned squid, which you can get frozen in a bag or your nice fishmonger might have some already defrosted in the glass case for ya.

Now…I know some of you can’t get already-cleaned squid…so I ventured out to the interwebs to find you some videos. But I gotta say, since handling slimy squid with a giant eyeball staring at you and long tentacles waiting to (eeeeks STOP IT!! I watch too many horror flicks) isn’t the most easy thing to do, I was hoping that I could find a happyhappyjoyjoy video about cleaning squid.

I didn’t have much luck. As if saying the word “squid” wasn’t bad enough:

Here’s a video on How2Heroes – used word dissect
Video from nuclear apocolypse
Another with Chef Anne Burell from Food Network: cephalopod

Finally, I found one from, no scary words and they even have soothing music in the background.

If you don’t want to put yourself through this – then just buy them already cleaned!

How to grill calamari

Start by rinsing the squid and pat dry with a paper towel.

Cut the tubes of squid into 2-inch tubes.

Thread the squid onto bamboo skewers and season both sides with salt and pepper. (Be sure to soak the bamboo skewers for 30 minutes before using to prevent burning).

Grill over medium-high heat for 4 minutes each side or until edges slightly charred. Then, drizzle olive oil over the cooked calamari, squeeze some lime and top with parsley.


Grilled Calamari Recipe

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 pound squid (calamari), tubes only
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil
1 lime, cut into wedges
few sprigs fresh parsley, finely minced
bamboo skewers, soaked


1. Preheat grill. Wash squid, pat dry with paper towel. Cut squid into 2-inch tubes and thread onto bamboo skewer. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

2. Grill over medium-high heat for 4 minutes each side or until edges slightly charred.

3. Drizzle olive oil over cooked calamari, squeeze lime over and top with parsley