Grilled Calamari

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Grilled calamari is a great alternative to the traditional fried version. It makes for an excellent summer appetizer – made this batch for our Father’s Day barbeque – it was a hit!

1 ½ pounds cleaned squid, tentacles and bodies

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 lemons

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

  • Cut the squid bodies along the sides so they lay flat.
  • In a bowl combine the olive oil, juice of one of the lemons and the rest of the ingredients, except the parsley.
  • Add the squid, toss to coat and refrigerate for 2 hours, tossing every 30 minutes or so, to make sure the marinade gets evenly distributed.
  • 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.
  • Grill the squid, about 3 – 4 minutes per side, until it turns opaque.
  • Remove from the grill, garnish with the fresh parsley and the remaining lemon, cut into wedges.

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