Grilled Squid with Lemon Caper Sauce

Grilled Squid with Lemon Caper Sauce Recipe
Photo: Jan Smith
This colorful salad is a favorite on the Aeolian Islands off the northeastern coast of Sicily. Many of the seafood, vegetable, and pasta dishes on these islands, as in the rest of Sicily, call for locally produced salted capers, which have a more decisive flavor than capers packed in brine. Look for salted capers in Italian markets; rinse thoroughly before using. Serve salad with grilled bread.


4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 159
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 5.2 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 2.7 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 18.6 g
Carbohydrate 9.5 g
Fiber 1.6 g
Cholesterol 264 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 415 mg
Calcium 62 mg


1/3 cup pitted Sicilian or other green olives
3 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
12 basil leaves
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup water
1 cup red bell pepper strips
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 pound cleaned skinless squid
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray


Prepare grill.

Combine first 6 ingredients and 1 teaspoon oil in a food processor, and process until smooth. With processor on, slowly add water through the food chute; process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add bell pepper and onion, and set aside.

Combine remaining 1 teaspoon oil and squid; toss well. Sprinkle salt and black pepper over squid. Place squid on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes or until done, turning once. Cut squid into thin strips; add to olive mixture, tossing to coat.


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Micol Negrin,

Cooking Light

August 2005
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