Simple Grilled Calamari

This Grilled Calamari  is grilled on a stick, which in my opinion, is just as good as fried! Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best and this is no exception. A squeeze of lime, some silky virgin olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper – so good and such an easy fish dish!

grilled calamari on skewers

Why This Grilled Calamari

  • A  quick and delicious fish dish!
  • Great for BBQ’s.
  • Easy 5 ingredient recipe.
  • Healthy tasty alternative to fried calamari.

Ingredients For This Grilled Calamari Recipe

  • Squid
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lime wedges
  • Salt & pepper
  • Bamboo skewers

How To Make This Grilled Calamari – Step by Step

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

raw calamari

Cut the tubes of squid into 2-inch tubes.

calamari before grilling

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).

calamari on skewers

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.

simple grilled calamari

 

Fried Vs Grilled Calamari

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? 

In the meantime, our calamari is grilled on a stick, which in my opinion, is just as good as fried (so THERE!). It’s a healthier alternative to fried squid but still have a lovely mix of texture from the grilling and it’s less greasy!

Cleaning Squid For Calamari

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.

Finally, I found one from About.com, 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!

Grilled Calamari Salad

If you’ve got leftover calamari, toss them in a salad.! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Pair it with a lovely glass of fruity white wine or a vibrant rose. Also, pairs well with Prosecco too! 

Top Tips For This Grilled Calamari

  • If possible get your fishmonger to clean the squid for you.
  • To tenderize the meat and remove some of the chewiness, soak the squid in either lemon juice or kiwi fruit juice for half an hour before cooking. The acidity helps to break down the texture. Alternatively, tenderize by soaking the squid in milk overnight, covered and refrigerated.
  •  When grilling, thread squid bodies lengthwise onto skewers so they lie flat.
  • Calamari is a high protein, low fat meal so if you’d like to keep things healthy, serve it with a Greek Salad.

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Have you tried this Grilled Calamari recipe? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! 

 

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Grilled Calamari
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This Grilled Calamari  is grilled on a stick, which in my opinion, is just as good as fried! Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best and this is no exception. A squeeze of lime, some silky virgin olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper - so good and such an easy fish dish!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: calamari, grilled calamari, grilled squid
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 131 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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
Recipe Notes

If possible get your fishmonger to clean the squid for you.

To tenderize the meat and remove some of the chewiness, soak the squid in either lemon juice or kiwi fruit juice for half an hour before cooking. The acidity helps to break down the texture. Alternatively, tenderize by soaking the squid in milk overnight, covered and refrigerated.

 When grilling, thread squid bodies lengthwise onto skewers so they lie flat.

Calamari is a high protein, low fat meal so if you’d like to keep things healthy, serve it with a Greek Salad.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Calamari
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 264mg88%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 317mg9%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 353IU7%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.