A New Take on Squid – Grilled Calamari Steaks
A classic Mediterranean dish that’s all about quality ingredients and simple preparation. Just be sure to use a good quality olive oil and a very hot grill pan. Flash-frozen calamari steaks are now readily available in many fish markets and grocery stores.
With the right ingredients at hand our Low FODMAP Grilled Calamari Steaks will come together in a flash!
Dédé’s Comments: You might not be familiar with calamari steaks and think that they are some kind of conglomeration of calamari and who-knows-what formed into a “steak”. Rest assured that they are a very clean product, usually just a flattened portion of a large, Humboldt squid.
Some cooks like to score a diamond pattern in the squid to keep it from curling during cooking and also to allow for very even cooking.
If you are a squid lover, also check out our Calamari Salad and our Grilled Squid with Chiles & Mint. They are both super easy to make and actually quite elegant. Folks will think you slaved one the stove! (Shhh we won’t tell).
Grilled Calamari Steaks
Grilled Calamari steaks are very easy to prepare and can add variety to your low FODMAP dinner plans.
- 4 calamari steaks, about 6 ounces (170 g) each
- Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling and serving
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
- Lemon wedges for serving
Remove the calamari steaks from the refrigerator half an hour before cooking to allow then to come to room temperature. (If you have purchased them frozen, defrost per package instructions).
Heat a cast iron or heavy grill pan over high heat until extremely hot. If cooking outdoors, let the grill become very hot. Calamari steaks need to be cooked quickly or they can toughen.
Meanwhile, thoroughly pat the calamari steaks dry with paper towels, which will help to provide a nice sear. In a medium bowl, toss the calamari with a drizzle of olive oil until lightly coated. Don’t season the calamari until after they are cooked, as salt would draw out moisture causing then to steam rather than sear.
Grill the calamari 1 to 2 minutes per side, until lightly browned on both sides. Transfer to a platter and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle fresh olive oil on top, garnish with parsley, and serve with lemon wedges.
- We hope you try this recipe just because it is SO EASY and you will be blown away! And you will have a quick and easy main dish in your repertoire.
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.
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