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Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Homemade calamari and more

Fried calamari (squid) is a favorite dish to order at an Italian restaurant, so try making some new and interesting squid dishes at home. It's not as scary as you might think and your family will love the unique take on a favorite dining out dish.

Grilled squid

Squid Salad

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds whole or sliced squid
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Directions

  1. If using whole squid, prepare as described above and slice into 1/2-inch thick rings; if using frozen squid, defrost it.
  2. Bring about 6-inches of water to a boil in a saucepot and place a steamer basket in the pot; place the squid in the pot, cover, and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Squid tend to get chewy if overcooked, so cook carefully. When squid is cooked, drain squid and dunk it in an ice bath; drain from ice and let dry well.
  3. To prepare salad: whisk lemon juice with olive oil, shallots, and cayenne pepper; combine tomato, cucumbers, and capers then mix in squid; drizzle dressing over squid mixture and season with salt and pepper; top with basil.

Cheese Stuffed Calamari

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 whole squid
  • 4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups prepared marinara sauce

Directions

  1. Clean squid as described above, but keep whole; let squid dry well.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Combine ricotta cheese with egg and mix well; add mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using a pastry tube or small spoon, stuff squid with cheese mixture about 3/4 of the way full; seal ends with a toothpick and set aside.
  5. Spoon 1/2 the marinara sauce into the bottom of a baking dish and layer squid in baking dish; top with remaining marinara sauce and cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake squid for 30 minutes, or until sauce bubbles; let cool before serving.

Grilled Squid with Lemon Aioli

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds whole or frozen, sliced squid
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Directions

  1. If using whole squid, clean as described above and slice into 1/2-inch rings; if using frozen squid, defrost it.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat and cover grates with aluminum foil.
  3. Toss squid with olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt, and pepper; arrange squid on grill and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Serve squid with dipping sauce.

More seafood recipes

Crispy fried calamari
Seafood stew
Baby octopus in tomato sauce

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