spicy calamari & spinach salad

In appetizers, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, lunch, tapas, vegetarian on 07.26.11 at 6:59 am

calamari is pretty fantastic, if you ask me. :)

it’s one of those appetizers or sharing plates that i love to order at a restaurant, just to see how — and/or if — they prepare the calamari in some unique fashion. most of us are familiar with the breaded, deep-fried variety of calamari. the healthier option is to simply sauté the squid rings. or, if you prefer breaded calamari, a baking technique works well, too. (stay tuned for a baked calamari recipe from yumyumyummers coming soon!)

check out this simple sauteed calamari recipe — with a little spicy kick…

(tip: these squid tubes were frozen from the fresh fish vendor at the local farmers’ market. i prefer buying the squid tubes versus pre-cut squid rings, because it gives you the freedom to determine or vary the size of squid rings.)

prep squid & veggies:
– 3-4 medium tubes of fresh squid (sliced into rings)
– 3 hot peppers (stems & seeds removed, diced)
– 2 organic heirloom tomatoes (rough chop)
– 2 garlic cloves (peeled, fine slivers)

sauté squid & veggies:
– add garlic w/ extra-virgin olive oil (evoo) in wok on medium heat
– add squid rings & squeeze juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
– sauté squid rings for 1-2min
– add tomatoes & hot peppers to wok
– sauté squid rings for another 2-3min. set aside.

(tip: do not overcook squid rings, or the squid will turn into a tough rubber-like texture.)

food styling:
– plate organic baby spinach leaves in a shallow bowl
– add spicy calamari & veggie mixture
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

  1. One of my favorites and I tend to have it three ways, stuffed, fried at a restaurant or in a light, cold salad I just throw together. I love this recipe.


  2. Yum! I love calamari in all of its forms! This sounds delicious. The best calamari I ever had was a sauted version somewhere in Rhode Island. I can’t remember the restaurant or exactly how it was prepared (which doesn’t help anyone), but I remember it was fantastic.


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