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Marinated Grilled Calamari

Grilling calamari allows the naturally rich flavor to emerge. A bright marinade, made with garlic and chile flakes, add bold flavor to the seafood dish.

Sunset SEPTEMBER 2009

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes


  • 2 pounds cleaned calamari (squid), tubes and tentacles separated but whole
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red chile flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 loaf crusty bread such as ciabatta, cut in half horizontally


1. In a medium bowl, combine calamari, garlic, chile flakes, parsley, 1/3 cup oil, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Chill, stirring often, 1 to 5 hours.

2. Pour calamari and marinade into a colander over a bowl. Brush marinade over cut sides of bread; grill on each side over high heat (450° to 550°) until grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes. Cut into slices.

3. Grill calamari tubes, turning once, just until firm, 3 minutes. Meanwhile, using tongs, drop tentacles in clumps onto grill just to firm up, then spread out to cook evenly, 4 minutes total. Put calamari in a dish and drizzle with remaining oil, lemon juice, and salt. Serve with bread.


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