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.

Grilled Calamari

Rating: 3.16 stars
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).

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: 3.13 stars
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.

Flash Fried Squid

Rating: 3 stars
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: 3.61 stars
This recipe for frutti di mare sauce is from Sal Scognamillo of Patsy's Italian Restaurant.

Roasted Calamari with Garlic, New Potatoes, and Chickpeas

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

Paella Cooked Over a Wood-Burning Fire

Rating: 2.82 stars
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.

Squid Ink Pasta with Allioli Verde

Rating: 4.4 stars
Squid provides bold color and sophisticated flavor to this updated take on the traditional Valencian dish known as Fideua Negra.

Super Squid Linguine

Rating: 2.86 stars
This delicious linguine recipe is courtesy of chef Jamie Oliver and can be found in his book, "Cook with Jamie."

Grilled Stuffed Calamari

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

Seven-Fishes Stew

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

Inspiration and Ideas

Seafood Risotto
Rating: Unrated
Seafood is traditional Italian fare on Christmas Eve. It takes center stage in this entree, which includes lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, and calamari.
Stir-Fried Squid with Celery and Red Pepper
Rating: Unrated
Squid isn't just for calamari -- try this Chinese-style squid stir-fry for an affordable weeknight meal.

Calamari with Tomatoes, Caper Berries, and Basil

Rating: 4 stars

This slightly spicy sauce is referred to as all'acqua pazza in Italian, which means "crazy water."