#AtoZChallenge: “C” is for CALAMARI

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Day 3: April 3

Calamari, (Italian for squid) is one of my favourite foods.  So much so, that I’ve often said I could subsist on it.  It’s extremely popular in many parts of the world, including Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, India, Japan etc. as well as North America.  Had the pleasure of sampling it in various countries and each experience was delicious, but I’ve never attempted to clean it.  Not for the squeamish!   😉

There are different ways of preparing calamari.  The most universally popular is to fry the rings and serve them with lemon and various sauces.  In Italy they mostly use Marinara (tomato) sauce. In Greece also, as well as Tzatziki.  North America embraces both, plus seafood cocktail sauce, lemon garlic aioli, etc. etc. There’s a host of recipes online, if you’re interested.  One of the local restaurants serves it on a bed of fried Rapini.  Delizioso!

fried calamari
Fried Calamari [Photo Credit]

Grilled Calamari is a healthy alternative and only contains 80 calories for a 4 ounce serving.
See nutrition facts here.

grilled calamari
Grilled Calamari [photo credit]

 I love fresh Calamari antipasto most of all.
Our favourite restaurant (sadly, now closed), made THE BEST version I have ever tasted!
We took some home after every visit and truly miss it.

calamari salad
Calamari Antipasto (Salad) [photo credit]

Well, I’m hungry now!

Does any of this look appetizing to you, or would you rather pass?

Looking forward to your comments!

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55 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: “C” is for CALAMARI

    1. Hi Sunni; It’s an acquired taste, I’d say. 🙂 Everybody’s different and I had never even heard of it until my Italian hubby urged me to try some. Thanks for visiting.

  1. Checking out your blog via the Blog Challenge (also subscribed to it as I figure now would be a good time to freshen up my subscriptions).

    Not a fan of calamari, but my mother and late father enjoyed it (Italian household) quiet a bit.

    1. Nice to meet you and welcome to The Den. 🙂 Yes, Calamari is very popular with Italians. My husband, also an Italian is the one who introduced me to it. Thanks for visiting and subscribing. I have done the same. Cheers!

  2. I have never tried this. Somehow the idea of squid just makes me a bit squeamish! It doesn’t look to bad in your pictures. Perhaps one day I will get over myself and give it a whirl. You only live once! ♥

  3. I love Calamari! It used to be my number one favorite food, but it got bumped by chicken tikka masala, which I used to eat every chance I got at this awesome Indian restaurant in my city, which really wasn’t that often because the place was always super-busy during their lunch buffet. I’m sure that’s all very fascinating to you. Anyway, nice post! P.S. I’ll bet they have awesome Calamari in India.

    1. I’ve never had chicken tikka masala, but it sounds good! 🙂 They probably do have awesome calamari in India. Would like to visit there one day to find out. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Stopping by from the A to Z challenge. We write about pet food and wellness as part of our overall mission to use technology to improve the lives of pets and their owners.

    Not big Calamari fans, although we are very big fans of sea food in general, for both humans and dogs (and some cats who can tolerate it). Used to use squid for bait when fishing and it took 2-3 days to wash the odor from our hands!

    1. Welcome to The Den, Steve 🙂 Healthy pet food is very important. Kudos to you for spreading the word! I love seafood in general too, with a couple of exceptions, like oysters and mussels. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I quickly scrolled past that “how to prepare” video, but I have enjoyed fried calamari – about the only kind available here in Colorado. Had a friend order calamari steak once in California; I never knew it was available any way but fried circles! I only like it if it’s not too rubbery. Good choice for a post, and the pictures make me want it.

  6. I am a vegetarian but my brother is quite fond of seafood. I am sure he will very much like the Calamari antipasto. I am sending him the picture now, since it is his dinner time almost!

    1. I’m getting a few vegetarians here today. 🙂 Sorry, hope this didn’t offend! The antipasto is my favourite and I’m sure your brother will like it. Thanks for visiting.

    1. Ah, sorry about that, Belinda. We all have foods we don’t like. I can’t stand oysters or mussels, for instance. Anyway, thanks for visiting. The next post isn’t about food. 🙂

  7. I’ve only ever had fried calamari, and it was probably destroyed in the process. I’d be open to trying it prepared another way, but would have be sure it was absolutely fresh so I wouldn’t have an experience that will scar me for life.

  8. I love fried calamari but that’s the inky east I can eat it. If it looks squidly, I can’t touch it. Interesting post Debbie. Now I’m hungry too!

    1. Oh sorry, Richa. Hadn’t considered that! 🙁 I have a friend who calls herself vegetarian. She eats no meat, but does enjoy seafood. Is there such a thing as a “partial” vegetarian? Anyway, thanks for visiting.

  9. Love, love, love calamari! Especially with pepper and lemon and hot chips by the beach…

    I haven’t ever been brave enough to cook it myself…

    1. Sounds good to me! 🙂 Love the beach scene that just came to mind as well. I’ve never tried to prepare them myself either. Thanks for visiting.

  10. I love squid. But the first time I prepared it, I realized how horribly wrong it could go when my nephew said, “It’s spicy but tasteless!” He was right. 😉
    Now I make it with pasta and it’s not bad.