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Calamari With Butter, Lemon & Garlic

Well, you can't go wrong with butter, lemon and garlic combination for this grilled calamari. They were simply delicious and I would definitely make them again. You can either have them with some baguette or steam rice. Lovely!

Recipe adapted from Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros

Calamari With Butter, Lemon & Garlic


1 Kg (2 lb 4 oz) Calamari (preferably baby calamari)
100 g ( 3 1/2 oz) Butter
Juice of 1 1/2 Lemons
3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley
Lemon Wedges, to serve


To clean the calamari, pull the tentacles away from the body. Remove the transparent bone from inside the body and rinse the body well under cold running water. Holding the tentacles firmly with one hand, squeeze out the little beak and cut it away, leaving the tentacles whole. Rinse the tentacles. Cut the body into rings about 3 cm (about an inch) thick, leaving the tentacles whole (if they seem particularly large, cut them in half). Pat dry.

Heat the butter in a saucepan and, when it sizzles, add the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and let it sizzle for a moment to flavor the butter but not burn. Stir in the parsley and remove from heat.

Heat a ridged chargrill pan (griddle) to very hot (it should be just about smoking). Scatter with about half the calamari in a single layer (you will have to do it in two batches) and cook it over the highest possible heat. When you see that the calamari has darkened in parts on the underside, turn over with tongs and cook until the other side is darkened (take care that it doesn't burn though, or it will taste bitter). Move it around in the pan with a wooden spoon and let it cook for a couple of minutes more, then add it to the warm butter in the saucepan while you cook the next batch. Season to taste if necessary and serve hot, directly from the pan, with lemon wedges.


  1. That looks good I have had calamari before and it was delicious.If you want more grilling recipes or if you want to take a look at the collection of tips I have for grilling you can visit

  2. Thanks outdoorgriller, will check them out.


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