Calamari Recipes

Calamari is the Italian word for squid, and in general refers to a squid dish which is battered and fried, very popular among European Mediterranean countries. Calamari can also be grilled, sauteed or boiled, and makes great salads, appetizers and pasta dishes. Find delicious recipes here!

Staff Picks

Seafood Linguine

Shellfish is the star in the traditional Italian pasta dish linguine ai frutti di mare. Our recipe calls for five varieties: clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid.

Italian Seafood Salad

Seafood is a must for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. This salad with squid, shrimp, mussels, and crab is a delicious way to kick off the meal.

Paella For a Crowd

Rating: 3 stars 46
Perfect for a large dinner party, this paella serves 12, but the recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd. It's a spectacular entree packed with calamari, clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, and pork.

Grilled Calamari

Rating: 3 stars 91
The key to preparing calamari is to either cook it really fast or really slow; anything in between will leave you with a chewy texture. Serve this in a big bowl as part of an antipasti spread or as individual servings.From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

Seafood Risotto

Rating: 3 stars 52
Seafood is traditional Italian fare on Christmas Eve. It takes center stage in this entree, which includes lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, and calamari.

Flash Fried Squid

Rating: 3 stars 3
The trick to cooking delicious squid is making sure that it spends little time in the pan -- flash-frying it is the best way to keep the squid flavorful and tender. This recipe comes from Tom Douglas.

Frutti di Mare Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 77
This recipe for frutti di mare sauce is from Sal Scognamillo of Patsy's Italian Restaurant.

Seven-Fishes Stew

Rating: 5 stars 1
Good-quality seafood or fish stock is vital to this recipe. Buy fresh or frozen stock from your local fishmonger, or make your own.

Roasted Calamari with Garlic, New Potatoes, and Chickpeas

Rating: 4 stars 1
Calamari lend sophistication to robust ingredients like new potatoes and garlic.

Grilled Stuffed Calamari

If your experience with calamari is limited to the deep-fried or boiled preparations, this grilled version will be a revelation.

Paella Cooked Over a Wood-Burning Fire

Rating: 3 stars 66
Martha's recipe for paella, the classic Spanish dish that's a good choice for a dinner party, is chock full of chicken, pork, clams, mussels, and shrimp. Cooking over a wood fire to give the meal an authentic flavor.

Stuffed Calamari

Rating: 3.5 stars 6
This is a simple and delicious supper for your family any night of the week!

Inspiration and Ideas

Super Squid Linguine
Rating: Unrated 14
This delicious linguine recipe is courtesy of chef Jamie Oliver and can be found in his book, "Cook with Jamie."
Grilled Squid with Fresh Red Chile and Arugula
One of the most popular dishes at the acclaimed River Café in London, this sophisticated starter has been on the menu every day since the restaurant opened in 1987. With its primary colors and strong flavors, the combination of just three ingredients is simple, pure, and right.
Seafood Salad
Rating: 3.5 stars 14

Fresh octopus, mussels, clams, and squid come together in this traditional Italian seafood salad appetizer from Esca chef David Pasternack.