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!
Grilled Calamari is a healthy alternative and only contains 80 calories for a 4 ounce serving.
See nutrition facts here.
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.
Well, I’m hungry now!
Does any of this look appetizing to you, or would you rather pass?
Looking forward to your comments!