Easy Grilled Calamari

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I made this recipe a few years ago for Father’s Day and it was a huge hit.  I actually did a blog post about it back then, but I needed to update the look of it so it was consistent with the rest of the recipes on my site.  Plus – it was such a hit, I figured it couldn’t hurt to post it again!  This simple recipe calls for a relatively quick marinade to help tenderize the squid and then a short cook time on a hot grill to give you tender and juicy calamari.

Grilled Calamari

Easy Grilled Calamari

Easy Grilled Calamari

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  • Yield: 4 – 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Appetizer, Side


  • 1 ½ pounds cleaned squid, tentacles separated from bodies
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tbsp. for garnish
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. celery salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Cut the squid bodies along the sides so they lay flat.
  2. With a sharp knife, gently score the insides of the squid bodies, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  3. In a medium bowl combine 3 tbsp. of the olive oil, juice of one of the lemons and the rest of the ingredients, except the parsley.
  4. Add the squid, toss to coat and refrigerate covered for 2 hours, tossing every 30 minutes or so, to make sure the marinade gets evenly distributed.
  5. Preheat the grill to high. Place a piece of foil on the grill and brush it with a light coating of vegetable oil to keep the squid from slipping through the grill grates and sticking to the foil.
  6. Grill the squid, about 2 – 3 minutes per side, until opaque and just cooked through.
  7. Remove from the grill, drizzle with remaining olive oil and garnish with fresh parsley and remaining lemon, cut into wedges.

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